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Confidentiality Deletion


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Hello fellow Geeks,

Recently I made a trip down to view the police state exercise that was APEC. I had taken my laptop for entertainment on the train.
Whilst on the boring trip to Sydney I got to thinking about personal data security in the event that my machine was confiscated.

So basically I am after a list of files and locations that are best deleted frequently, files like index.dat etc

I run ccleaner everytime i use my machine but i cant help but feel that XP compiles much more information than this app removes.
Ive looked all over the net for a list but its a rather hard term to search for without raising millions of file deletion application sites.
If anyone has any ideas about files i should get rid of ill then get to writing an app to handle this task.

(Alternatively, if anyone knows any apps which handle this task more efficiently than ccleaner, plz let me know!)

Still on the topic of confidentiality, I would also like to know the best way to make files invisible to the OS unless instructed to look in the specific location.
I tried to add the System switch to folders through the command line but it just didnt work.

Thanks!
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hi, welcome to geekstogo, not sure I should help you hide stuff from the police so I will skip that, but this is how to make an invisible folder which is useful against mr average looking at ones stuff but it is not a serious way of hidding stuff, just a toy:

to make an invisible folder(no text, no icon)
- make a folder on your screen,
(don't care about the name)
- right hand click and choose: properties
- click tab: customise
- click: change icon
(change icon for new folder folder appears)
- look for the padlock icon
- click on the blanc space right of the padlock icon
- click: ok
- click: apply
(folder is invisible but text remains)
- hightlight the text of the folder
- press and hold down the keyborad button: alt
- type with number pad: 255
- release the keyboard button: alt
- click icon to set
[footnote: one is supposed to tick in my computer the folder options to 'hide extensions for known type of file' which I have not done]
[footnote2: if you want to make a second invisible folder in the same place, it is alt+255 then alt+255 again, reads as double blanc folder]
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thanks for your help, thats a cool little trick

as for hiding stuff from the police, maybe i should have used the grandparent internet concern of prying eyes or something
all i want to do is know how to erase all possible information which contains habit tracking footprints,
not because i am into anything illegal, just because it would be cool!
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