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hidden file

[¦hid·ən ¦fīl]
(computer science)
A disk file that does not appear in a directory listing and cannot be displayed, changed, or deleted.

hidden file

A file classification that makes a file invisible to the casual user. Hidden files are usually operating system components; however, commands issued on the command line and utility programs let users hide files to prevent unauthorized access. See dot file, Attrib, hidden network and hidden disk areas.
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Examples of software tools that employ steganography to hide data inside of other files as well as software to detect such hidden files will also be presented.
These hidden files will not be seen when the investigator looks at the computer's normal directory structure.
Optimized encryption algorithm protects the hidden files, folders or documents from being accessed, even from shortcuts or recent document lists.
Experts who probed the hidden files are expected to present evidence that strongly questions the controversial verdicts of accidental death.
Nine per cent of men say they purposely keep the photos in hidden files on their computer.
The group is one of three which the independent disaster panel, fronted by The Bishop of Liverpool, is liaising with as they probe the previously hidden files on the tragedy.
New Walton MP Steve Rotheram and Garston MP Maria Eagle both previously expressed doubts to the Daily Post that the new Tory/Lib-Dem alliance was as committed to the hidden files project as the previous Labour government.
The eight committee members walked out of a scheduled meeting with Finance Ministry officials last Sunday, declaring their intention to examine hidden files.
Secret dockets, super-sealed files, hidden files, and phony court dockets were very publicly debated when the Florida Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Chief Justice Fred Lewis' inquiry prompted by newspaper reports of abuses and mistakes.
The class will cover topics that include computer hardware and software basics, connecting to the Internet, blogs and MySpace, fraud, setting rules and expectations, chat rooms, Windows basics and finding hidden files, ID theft, methods used by sexual predators to locate and manipulate their victims, filtering, blocking and monitoring Internet activity with software, parental controls and searching a computer to see what others have been doing on it.
Under the Hidden files and folders header, you can select a radio button to control whether files and directories with a hidden attribute are displayed or not.
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