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How to deter curious co-workers?

I like this question:

If you keep a folder of important/embarrassing material on your computer’s desktop (or I guess a real desktop, even) and want to make sure that no one ever opens it, what’s the best name to give the folder?

“Actuarial Test Prep” maybe? Suggestions, please. Also, does anyone know the name for this dilemma?

 

ADDENDUM: Thanks to Sam for providing the name of this scenario: steganography.


Chase

Taxes

Joshua Gans

"Blog post ideas"

Steve Fuchs

Tabooski

John Rees

Service Pack Backup

@yearlyglot

If you want it to be ignored, make it look like software. For example, create a set of files to look like an installer for something really boring (like "Actuary Test Prep") and then place a folder inside of there called "InstallerData". It's pretty safe to assume nobody will look there.

Ryan

Operating system data (Warning! Do not open!)

Lil Troy

Photos of Underarm Rash

Ken

"Security by obscurity," I call it.

No-one has opened a folder called "Marxist Economics" for a long time.

Jiss

Freakonomic Ideas

Chad

colonoscopy_pics_08

Amol

"Program Files"

AMcMahon

Depends who you are trying to keep out. But I would say an outdated file name... Something like MSWord2002_BackupFiles.
Sounds uninteresting and doesn't even make much sense. Most people and spouses would dismiss the folder and look over it completely

Bernie

Call it "Annual Return Guidance Notes"...anything to do with guidance notes about tax issues are going to be dull.

Justin

TPS Reports - 1991

Alex

Data Rom Program Files, because no one wants to look at something they can't understand.

Adam

"Squash and Beets"

paula

Don't be a typical computer end user; there are passwords and ways to hide folders, which is what you should do if you want people not to look. Won't be 100% foolproof (nothing on a computer is), but it will go a long way to deterring the casual snooper.

Mayuresh

WinXPInstl, ie8Updaes, WinUninstall, etc.

I agree with the other commentators here - Make the folder sound like a windows / dos system file. (Adjust the name appropriately if you use a Mac / Unix-based OS)

Robert

with a windows computer it's easy, I created a second folder named Recycle bin, changed the Icon to the Recycle Bin icon and no one could figure it out unless it was pointed out to them

Susie

I would have to say "monthly reports" or maybe "vendor contracts"