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How to Hide important data in a photograph with OpenStego

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How to Hide important data in a photograph with OpenStego

There’saclever trick you can use to hide personal data inside a photograph. The process, called steganography, makes the very existence of a hidden file invisible to snoopers. Place the photo in question in a folder full of images and no one will suspect it’s any different from the rest of the images around it.

OpenStego (www.openstego.com) is a handy tool that makes the steganography process very simple. Not only does it hide data within an image (known as a cover file), it can
watermark the photo to prevent unauthorized copying. You may need to install Java to make it work, though.

Hide important data in a photograph with OpenStego

  1. Visit https://www.openstego.com/ and click on the Download and install it.

How to Hide important data in a photograph with OpenStego

2.Create the message you want to hide. To avoid raising suspicion with an oversized file, it’s best to create it in Notepad and save it as plain text. Click the ellipses (…) next to Message File 1 and find your saved text file. Click the ellipses button next to Cover File.2

How to Hide important data in a photograph with OpenStego

3.Select the image(s) you want to hide the message in and enter a name for your new Stego file. 1 You have the option to choose an Encryption Algorithm. 2 Enter a password and confirm it, 3 then click Hide Data 4 and OpenStego will go to work creating a copy of your image with the text hidden inside.

How to Hide important data in a photograph with OpenStego

4.To recover the hidden text in your image (or in another image from somewhere else), click the Extract Data button on the left. 1 Tap the ellipses next to Input Stego File 2 and
select the secret file. Specify the folder you want to save the message to 3 and enter the password to unlock it, 4 if one was set. Click Extract Data.

How to Hide important data in a photograph with OpenStego

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