Office Hack Series – 3 : Hide Mp3 files
Scenario : You have a whole load of music files on your Office PC (All work and no play makes jack a dull boy…..;)) and you want to hide it from prying eyes.
Solution : Now this method is a form of encryption – Steganography…..the science of hiding information. What we are going to do is take the music file and hide it “inside” an image file. And the beauty of the method is the simplicity and non-reliance on external tools….You just need the basic command prompt which is available with every Windows os.
So here’s what you need to do :
1. Go to run –> type cmd –> Navigate to the folder where your music files are stored.
2. Now type the foll. command : copy Image_File_Name/b + Audio_File_Name/b Output_File_Name
here, All the file names are complete with extensions. e.g. Image_File_Name => image.jpg or image.bmp Audio_File_Name => song.mp3 Output_File_Name => combine.bmp or combined.jpg(can be any extension but extension of image is recommended)
3. This will result in a new file being created inside the folder with a size the sum of both the image file and the audio file. For all practical purposes, it will appear like an image file but when you try to play it in a music player(like Winamp or VLC…..it does not work with Windows media player….dunno why ???!), it will play the hidden music file.
Just to be sure i decided to try the method on different file formats and the results i got are tabulated below :
As shown above, the method only works if you have mp3 files……still better than having no options. right ??
Added tip : to make the files look authentic, use images already on your PC….try using search for them.
Know of Some other method, Let me know in the comments…..till then Stay Sharp and Happy Listening…..