View hidden files in Windows® 7
What is the purpose of viewing hidden files in Windows 7? Discuss its advantages.
Windows 7 cater to the needs and requirements of all kinds of users. Security is one of the greatest aspects of Windows 7 and Microsoft has paid special attention to make Windows 7 more secure and safe than any other previous versions of Windows based Operating Systems. The in-built Windows Defender application and the two-way firewall are some of the security features on Windows 7. Besides the above mentioned features users can also hide some files on their computers operating on Windows 7. All kinds of data are stored on a computer and this includes sensitive private information and some times such important files would need to be hidden. There are many different ways to view hidden files on Windows 7. Accessing the advanced settings tab in folder options of Control panel is the basic method to view all hidden files. Windows 7 users can also make use of some registry files that are available on the Internet. These registry entries can be installed on your system and they would automatically unhide all hidden files and folders. Windows 7 users can also modify the registry of the system themselves to view hidden files.
Following details mentioned below gives users more information regarding need and advantages of hidden files in Windows 7:
- User privacy
- OS integrity protection
- Prevent data thefts
If your computer operating on Windows 7 is used by lot of computer users, and the hard disk contains some sensitive data, then hiding the files is the best way to ensure privacy. As there are lots of folders on a computer hiding the sensitive files within one of these folders ensure that unknown users would not be able to locate or access the sensitive information within the system.
OS integrity protection
There are very large numbers of system files on Windows 7 and all of them have to be in their default condition for the system to be working properly. Hiding such important system files means that the users would not be able to locate and modify these important system files that are essential for the integrity of the system. Hiding these files would prevent system crashes and make your computer operating on Windows 7 more reliable.
Malware agents and hackers are constantly trying to steal valuable user data from the system. As soon as a hacker gains access to a system, all of the files that are visible to the hacker are viewed and transferred back to the malware/ hacker source before the connection gets terminated. Hiding the important files on the system makes sure that the sensitive information on the system cannot be viewed by these unwanted sources and this help prevent online data thefts.
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