“First rule of internet security is that there is no internet security.” – Anonymous. This simple line has the ability to explain the complete scenario of present day cases of Internet based information security.
Today we rely on many applications for locking and securing our data so that it’s not visible in the gallery or various media players assuming that our data is secure from unauthorized access.
But have we ever thought about a different scenario where these guardians of our private files become the intruder to our security.
Yes, you might find this shocking to hear, as per a recent survey many applications promising users to secure their data from unauthorized access. They themselves were responsible for stealing user data.
Here’s another very important question, “if I cannot trust the apps then is there some way by which the unauthorized can be prevented from accessing my files and media?.” The answer to this question is yes.
A simple Security Tweak to safeguard your files and media
You will be glad to know that there is one very simple yet highly effective file explorer tweak that can prevent people from accessing your personal pictures and media from the gallery.
Under this all you need to do is create a file named “.nomedia” and this will prevent the system explorer from listing down the files in any media gallery or explorer.
There are certain things that should be kept in mind while dealing with the nomedia files which are as follows:
- The name of the file should be exactly the same i.e. “.nomedia” (Do not forget to add the “.” Symbol before the nomedia word.
- This file will prevent the media files from being detected by any media player or the media gallery however these can be accessed and viewed in the file explorer.
- It is effective only on the files in the same folder so if in case you need to hide the content of multiple folders, you need to place a copy of this file in each folder.
- This would prevent all the files in that containing folder to be visible to the media applications, as the result you cannot choose individual files as an exception to it.
So, by making this file, you can prevent the access to a great level without using any third-party application.
Osho is a freelance author for Newslibre and a systems programmer. He enjoys writing about latest tech and how to solve various problems. A proud Mozillian, loves public speaking and spreading the word of open-source.