Well, this will be a quick post but very important one.
Scrolling through my Facebook feeds, i stumbled across a post from a technology page regarding a vulnerability in some Wireless ASUS Router with USB network storage capabilities. The fact was that anybody could access the contents of the devices without passwords and without much efforts. From wedding pics, to music files to personal videos; everything! After some diving, i found that some people have already had their data stolen by some malicious guy asking for $50 to return the data.
More after the break line..
Ever thought of hiding files? Everybody did ! But everybody has his/her own way of hiding stuffs including computer files. Some use hidden folders (and forget the location of the folders sometimes 😛 ), some lock the up on online storage sites or others simply burn the files on a disk or copy the files on a removable drive and hide them physically in some drawer or safe. But there exist a James Bond technique for those geeky users on the Web; that’s of hiding the files in images. This post is a quick guide about how to do it.
Most of us or rather all of us have one day or the other deleted something and regretted it afterwards. Be it an official document, an image file or a sound track. Unless you have a backup somewhere, deleting an important file can make you sleepless for several nights. Worst, if it it’s your entire hard disk; wiped clean after a format !! Pictures of the last get-together among friends, urgent scanned documents that needed to be emailed for a job application or a recipe that you saved after 2 hours of ‘googling’. So, somehow somewhere everybody needs that magical Asterix’s soup to recover these deleted files. Some years back, it was a difficult process or only security personnels/forensics guys had the skills/resources to do it. But now, with the advent of free knowledge, open-source softwares and the boom of developers, many solutions exist for the common computer users; solutions ranging from fake ones that ask you for $100 after a long 1 hours download and 15 minutes to search the files to those free and very good softwares that can compete with the commercial ones.
Some years back, sharing documents meant sending Microsoft Word’s .doc files through email. But, unless protected by a read-only lock, the document can be edited by anyone and the original author details can be faked. Also, Microsoft Word .doc files sometimes had large file sizes. Users also suffered from macros hidden inside the files too. — Then came .pdf files. Students, lecturers, marketers, authors, etc are now using them for their end-of-chain document users. Reading pdf file does not need any Geek knowledge or rocket science certificate, but creating them is a nightmare for many of the inhabitants of the web. Here is a quick, easy and free way to create .pdf files.