Hide-a-file Software

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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One common program for preventing identity of information theft is called Hide-A-File software. Hide-A-File software is a type of software that provides a secure location on your hard drive for sensitive data. This can insure the privacy of your files and protect them from hackers or other non-specified computer users.

Unlike some data-hiding software program, Hide-A-File uses a hardware "key" to restrict access to sensitive material. This key is in the form of a tiny USB hard drive, and is small enough to be carried in most pockets. Besides acting as a key to unlock your hidden drives, the USB device can also store your most sensitive information, including identity information, credit card numbers, and login information.

Hide-A-File Software's USB CryptoKey

The USB key works by using a combination of different security algorithms, called a hybrid algorithm system. It first saves the data in encrypted form via a symmetric, or shared key, algorithm. Hide-A-File Software then uses an asymmetric key algorithm, or a public/private algorithm, to further encrypt the security codes, storing the key algorithms on the USB device.

Asymmetric keys use two different algorithms for data: one to encrypt the data (the public key) and one to decrypt it (the private key). The private key can only be unlocked through the USB device; without the USB device, no one gain access to your most sensitive information. You can also bypass keystroke-logging software by simply cutting and pasting your access information directly from the USB key to the software--no typing is necessary.


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