Q: "Can the DeEgger Embedder harm my computer or ruin my files?"
A: The DeEgger Embedder has been certified as "Spyware Free" by both CNET's download.com and Softpedia.com. It should be noted however that since you can hide ANYTHING within the host file, malicious users may embed harmful files such as viruses. To avoid this, use the same scrutiny you use when determining whether or not to open an email attachment. The DeEgger Embedder does not modify the original host or hidden files. It exclusively works with copies of the files and will not harm, modify or alter your original files.
Q: "How do I hide a file?"
A: To embed one file within another follow these steps:
1. Open the DeEgger Embedder application's main form.
2. Select a host file by double clicking the "Host File" list box, or by clicking the "Open Host File" button at the top right corner of the application. To function properly the host file must be of a proper type (see below).
3. Select a hidden file by double clicking the "Hidden File" list box, or by clicking the "Open Hidden File" button at the middle of the right edge of the application. Files of any type can be used as the hidden file.
4. Click the "Combine" button.
5. Enter the name for the new file in the dialog box that appears and click "Save".
6. Your hidden file is now secretly embedded in a COPY of the host file. The actual host file has NOT been modified. The original host file does not contain the hidden file. It has not been modified.
Q: "How do I extract a hidden file?"
A: To extract a hidden file from it's host, follow these steps:
1. Open the application's main form.
2. Click the "Extract" button.
3. In the dialog box that appears, navigate to the file that has the other file hidden inside it, select it and click "Open".
4. Another dialog box should appear and ask you to name the new (extracted) file. Click "Save".
5. Your file will be extracted. If the file you're trying to extract FROM does not contain an embedded hidden file you will receive an error message.
Q: "What type of file can I use as the host file?"
A: The DeEgger Embedder can use a wide variety of file types as host files.
The following formats SHOULD work as host files:
The following formats USUALLY work as host files: *.doc, *.exe, *.ico, *.pdf, *.xls and many more.
The following formats WILL NOT work as host files: *.html, *.txt.
Q: "What type of files can I use as the hidden file?"
A: Files of ANY kind can be hidden within the host file.
Q: "How secure is the hidden file's data?"
A: The hidden file's data is lightly encrypted and typically cannot be extracted and decoded without the use of this software. However, highly-skilled users with advanced knowledge of encryption and binary may be able to "rip" the hidden file from the host file. Keep in mind that the DeEgger Embedder is a privacy tool, not a security tool.
Q: "Can I hide files in pictures/videos and then share them on Facebook/Twitter/YouTube?"
A: The short answer is no. When you upload a picture or video to a social networking site such as Facebook or Twitter, the site automatically changes the type of the file to a type that's optimized for the web. They do this to help reduce bandwidth cost and increase browsing speed. As a result of the reformatting, the hidden file's data is usually corrupted and will not be detected by the DeEgger Embedder and you may receive a "No hidden file detected." error. However, if you send the file as an "attachment" to a message there is a much higher chance that you will transmit the hidden file successfully. Due to the fact that every networking site has it's own processing procedure which is constantly evolving, there is no way to guarantee that a file sent through a social networking site will successfully transmit the hidden file.
Q: "Why does the message "No hidden file detected." show after sending a file via email?"
A: This is typically due to the automatic reformatting of pictures done by email providers. To avoid this error, always send the pictures/videos as "attachments"- NOT in the body of the email.
Q: "When I try to extract the file the detected extension is ".1" and the file appears corrupt."
A:You are receiving this error because the file's sender used "Multi-Hidden" mode to create the file. Multi-Hidden mode was not added until v1.21, and as a result, earlier versions of this program do not know how to decode the Multi-Hidden format. To resolve this error: download and install the most current release of the DeEgger Embedder.
Q: "Can I use the DeEgger Embedder to do illegal things?"