Insider

  • Overview
  • From the Outside
  • From the Inside
  • Additional Features

What is "Insider"

Everybody has a right to privacy and confidential business information. This program allows the user to conceal details (of their private life or business) from unauthorized viewers.

Insider creates compressed archives and works with these files while the archives themselves are not evident on a user's computer. They are strongly encrypted and hidden inside other files (containers or carrier). The containers are image files which are still viewable in spite of their hidden contents.

Insider has two modes of operation: open to all users (a WinZip-like tool to make working with compressed archives); hidden, accessible only to those who know the shortcut key.

The above mentioned features are very important psychologically. When the secrets, their traces or special tools are absent, the computer's owner is above of suspicion. As a result nobody will try to reveal their secrets.

Being inside of this program the user (knowing the valid password) may work with the hidden and encrypted file as simply as with a .zip file.

If the file had been deleted by this program they cannot be restored. Any special software or hardware is powerless to restore them.

This program may be used for information exchange via Internet. Hidden archives may be sent via e-mail or published on web sites e.g. free family pictures sites.

Also you may send the photos (with hidden files) via mobile devices. The files-carrier may be kept within mobile phones or digital cameras where they will look like usual photos.

Overview

Insider is a tool to make working with compressed archives. Archives are files that contain other files. Typically the files in an archive are compressed. Archives usually have file names ending with ZIP, RAR, ARJ, and so on, depending on how they were created. ZIP files are the most common archive format. Insider brings the convenience of Windows to the use of ZIP, ACE, ARC, ARJ, BH, BZ2, GZ, JAR, LHA, LZH, WAR, Z, ZOO and RAR files. It features an intuitive point and click interface for viewing, running, extracting, adding, deleting, and testing files in archives.

Insider is extremely easy to use! To open an archive simply double click on an archive listed in the Windows Explorer, or use the standard Open dialog. The main Insider window features a list box with the names, sizes, and date/time stamps of all files in the open archive. This list can be scrolled and sorted on any field. A tool bar provides fast access to commonly used actions. All options can be saved and restored.

Double clicking on a file in the main Insider window has the same effect as double clicking in the Windows Explorer. First the file is extracted from the archive. If the file is executable, it is run. Otherwise, the file is opened by the appropriate application (for example, MS Word for *.DOC files) based on standard Windows associations.

Main features. Creating a new Zip archive:

Opening and closing archives: Viewing files in an archive:
Extracting files from an archive: Adding files and folders to an existing Zip archive: Deleting files from Zip archive: Creating a self-extracting archive:
UUEncoding and UUDecoding an archive: Splitting Zip files: Adding (editing) a comment (for Zip files only): Installing associations: Testing an archive: Displaying details about the open Zip file: Sorting files in the main Insider window:
Choosing skin: Creating a desktop icon and a quick launch icon:

Mission and Features

This program allows the user to conceal details (of their private life or business) from unauthorized viewers.

Main features: This program is not available obviously. It is hidden inside another, absolutely usual and neutral program. Confidential files are not kept as hidden files. They are kept inside carriers - usually pictures. The pictures (carriers) themselves are not distorted. Any program that can be used to view pictures will show the carrier's content only. The above mentioned features are very important psychologically. When the secrets or their traces are absent, the computer's owner is above of suspicion. As a result nobody will try to reveal their secrets. To encrypt data before hiding it uses the latest strong cryptography methods known (AES (Rijndael), Blowfish, etc.). The size of hidden files is not limited. If this program had deleted the files they could not be restored. Any special software or hardware is powerless to restore them. This program may be used for safe information exchange via Internet or mobile communications providers.

Starting the Program

In the Insider main window the user types shortcut keys and clicks Enter. After it opens you may use hidden program part:

Shortcut key combination for free version is 222.

If you did not enter shortcut key correctly you do not try to change it. Just click Enter and try again.

If you press ESC - you back to the original part of the program, if you click on the Exit item (Alt+F4) - you close the program.

It is impossible to change the Password for the free version.

The panel's header button allows rolling down this panel and frees a place for additional information. Click the rollup panel again to return it to its previous state.

Hiding Files

In order to hide files it is necessary to select file-container, create a new archive, encrypt it and hide inside the file-container (carrier file). This can be done in two ways : by the New Archive... procedure or using Encode Files Wizard.

Use the New toolbar button or select New Archive… from the Insider File pull-down menu to

activate the Select Carrier File window

The first step is to select carrier file, i.e. the file which will keep the confidential data inside.

>Program allows hiding the files of any types. The files-carriers must have the type JPEG of any extension from the list: .jpg; .jpeg; .jpe; .jfif.

You can select the carrier file you want by pressing the Select button:

This activates the Add Files(s) dialog box.

You can add files to a new archive you've created, as in the previous section.

You can select the files you want to add in several ways: Click on the desired files in the files list. You can select multiple files using normal Windows file selection conventions (for example, hold down the Shift key or Control key while clicking to select multiple files). Then press the Select button.

You can select the folder you want to add

The Add File(s) dialog box include these options: The Create copy for selected file checkbox causes Insider to copy original carrier-file first.

Resulting files' names are created from original name and free six-digit number (in parentheses) in the resulting directory.

The Action radio buttons list provides two choices. Note that all of these choices replace any files already in the archive that have the same name and folder information as files that are being added or updated: Add: adds (and replace) all specified files to the archive. Move: the same as Add except that files are shred from disk. The shredding is confirmed (see section Shredding files). The Include subfolders checkbox determines whether Insider traverses all folders underneath the specified folder when looking for files to add. This provides an easy way to archive all files underneath the folder containing the specified file. Note: to restore a branch of a folder added with the Include subfolders option, be sure to select the Restore Original Folders check box in the Extract dialog box. The Save full path info checkbox causes Insider to store complete path information (from the root folder) with all files added. Password (is entered twice to avoid typing errors:

You may not change the Password for free version.

Default Encryption Algorithm is Rijdael 256-bits. Default Encryption Algorithm for free version is DES 64-bits.

Check the Mask Password check box to prevent the password from being displayed as you type it.

You can delete selected items and clear What Files to Hide list. Use the right mouse button to display the context menu:

Once you are done making your file selection click the OK button to hide the sensitive files. When the task is completed the results are shown in the information window:

Once Insider finishes, it will update the file list in the main window to reflect the new files in the archive.

Encode and Hiding Files Wizard

Another way to hide the files is to use the Encode Files Wizard. Use the chevron pull-down menu of the New button on the toolbar or select New Archive Wizard… from the Actions pull-down menu to start it.

The wizard's algorithm has three steps: 1. Files-carriers are selected; 2. The hidden files list is selected; 3. The target folder is selected where the resulting files will be written. Hidden files may be shredded (see section Shredding files).

Program allows hiding the files of any types. The files-carriers must have the type JPEG of any extension from the list: .jpg; .jpeg; .jpe; .jfif.

After starting the hiding wizard you have to select file-carrier, i.e. the file which will keep the confidential data inside. The button Add Selected adds selected ones to Carrier JPEG file field.

Drag and drop operations are also supported.

The next hiding step is to create the list of files to hide. You may add files from different folders and drives to your Secret file(s) list. The button Add selected adds selected ones to Secret file(s) list. The button Add All will add all files of current folder to Secret file(s) list.

Button Button Name Description
Add selected Adds selected files to Secret file(s) list.
Add All Add all files of current folder to Secret file(s) list.

The same file may be added to Secret file(s) list only once

Files with the same name but from different folders may be added to a Secret file(s) list many times.

Drag and drop operations are also supported.

The button "Next" is enabled when the panel To Hide has at least single file

The panel Secret file(s) has a toolbar with buttons

which are described below.

Button Button Name Description
Remove Selected Removes selected files from Secret file(s) list
Remove All Clears Secret file(s) list

At third the step the next parameters are selected:

1. The target folder is selected where resulting file will be located. 2. Name of the destination carrier (container) file. 3. Encryption algorithm. 4. Password (is entered twice to avoid typing errors). 5. If necessary to shred a hidden file, the shredding is confirmed. 6. The Include subfolders checkbox determines whether program traverses all folders underneath the specified folder when looking for files to add. This provides an easy way to archive all files underneath the folder containing the specified file. Note: to restore a branch of a folder added with the Include subfolders option, be sure to select the Restore Original Folders check box in the Extract dialog box. 7. The Save full path info checkbox causes program to store complete path information (from the root folder) with all files added.

You may not change the Encryption Algorithm and Password for free version.

When the button Hide is clicked the file hiding procedure starts. The progress is shown by a progress bar at the bottom of the screen.

If the selected target folder to write currier file have file with the same name - following window will be shown:

Resulting files' names are created from original name and free six-digit number (in parentheses) in the resulting directory.

When the task is completed the results are shown in the information window:

Click the "OK" button to return to the program's main window. Once Insider finishes, it will update the file list in the main window to reflect the new files in the archive.

Open Hiding Archive

Use the Open toolbar button or select Open Archive from the Insider File pull-down menu to activate the Select Carrier File... dialog box:

Then, select the carrier JPEG file you want to open in the Select Carrier File... dialog box. This dialog box works just like the Open dialog boxes in other applications: just select the file you want to open from the list of files. If a JPEG file contains encrypted archive the Container label will appear on the Details panel.

You can select the carrier file you want by pressing the Select button. This activates the Enter Password dialog box.

Check the Mask Password check box to prevent the password from being displayed as you type it.

If you typed the correct password you can extract or work with the files in the archive. The files in an archive are listed in a table in the main Insider window. You can look at all the file names, with details, stored in the archive, using the scroll bar, arrow keys or usual Windows commands. You can quickly sort the main window by clicking once on the header of a column (e.g. click on "Name" in the header above the list of files to sort the list by filename). Any table may be sorted by columns in descending or ascending order. The table context menu provides quick access to useful commands. To display the table context menu, right-click anywhere on the table.

The user can also perform the Add, Delete, Extract, View commands.

If you specify a new password for added files, it will apply to the entire archive.

Clear Archive

You can clear file-container by selecting Clear Carrier (Delete Archive) from the Insider File pull-down menu:

This activates the Select Carrier File dialog box:

after pressing the Select button Confirm dialog-box will be shown:

During first step of the Encode Files Wizard working the panel Container (with the button Clear Carrier (Delete Archive)) is visibled when selected container file. You can clear file-container by pressing the Clear Carrier (Delete Archive) button:

Explorer

You can managing files (copying, moving or deleting) by selecting Explorer from the Insider File pull-down menu or by clicking the Explorer toolbar button. This activates the Explorer window.

The panel Explorer has a toolbar with buttons

which are described below.

Button Button Name Description
Up To move up a level, to the parent of the current folder
Create Folder Allows to create new folder
Copy (Move) to Copying (Moving) Files
Delete Selected File(s) Shredding or erasing files
Views You can change the folders view by clicking the Views toolbar button.

Explorer allows the user to determine if the selected file is a container or not.

Hold your mouse over any button for a description of that button's functions.

Shredding files

It is a non-trivial task to remove the files from your computer reliably and without the possibility for restoring them. Moving the files to the Recycle Bin creates an illusion of data destruction. Simply by writing over the old files also does not destroy the old information reliably. The hard drive writing head positioning inaccuracy does not permit removing residual magnetization on the side of each track.

This program uses a special method of overwriting files with different byte combinations. This technology conforms to the norm of the Peter Gutman method, which makes software and hardware file recovery impossible.

To delete the files from a folder, first select them and then click the button "Delete Selected File(s)":

This window will be shown:

A check to the left of the file name means that this file will be removed. To remove the check, position the cursor over the check box and click the left mouse button. If the item "Shred" is checked, special technology is used that prohibits recovering the file. This process takes longer, so just be patient. Otherwise the files are just deleted without moving them to Recycle Bin.

Removing report is shown in information window:

Information Exchange

This program may be used for information exchange via Internet. Hidden archive may be sent via e-mail or published on sites, for example, on free family pictures sites.

Also you may send the photos (with hidden files) via mobile operators. The files-carriers may be kept within mobile phones or digital cameras where they will look like usual photos.

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