If you're like most people, you probably have hidden files and folders on your computer that you're not even aware of. While these hidden files and folders can be useful in some cases, they can also pose a security risk if they fall into the wrong hands.


In this article, we'll take a look at what hidden files and folders are, how they can be used, and how to protect yourself from potential security risks.

What are hidden files and folders?

Hidden files and folders are simply files or folders that are not visible when you browse through your file explorer. They can be hidden by changing the visibility settings in your file explorer or by using a hidden file attribute.

While hidden files and folders can be used for good, they can also be used for evil. Hackers and malware creators often use hidden files and folders to hide their tracks and avoid detection.

How can hidden files and folders be used?

Hidden files and folders can be used for a variety of purposes, both good and bad. Some common uses include:

Hiding sensitive or personal data: If you have sensitive data that you don't want anyone else to see, you can hide it in a hidden file or folder. This is a useful way to keep your data safe from prying eyes, but it's important to remember that hidden files and folders can still be accessed by anyone with the proper software and expertise. So, if you're hiding something truly important, it's best to encrypt it as well.

Avoiding clutter: Hidden files and folders can also be used to avoid clutter in your file explorer. If you have a lot of files and folders that you don't use often, but you don't want to delete them, you can hide them away in a hidden folder. This keeps your file explorer tidy and makes it easier to find the files you do use on a regular basis.

Improving performance: Some computer programs store their data in hidden files and folders to improve performance. By keeping this data hidden, the program can access it more quickly and efficiently.

How To Show or Find Hidden Files In My Computer or PC:

Hidden files and folders can be a pain to deal with if you don't know how to show them.

Here's a quick guide on how to show hidden files in your Computer.

1. Open My Computer (or This PC in Windows 10) or Press Window+E Key to Open.
2. Select the View tab at the top of the window.
3. In the Show/hide section, check the Hidden items box.
4. Hidden files and folders should now be visible!


If you're still having trouble showing hidden files, try restarting your computer. Sometimes Hidden items won't show up until you restart the Explorer process. To do this, press Ctrl+Shift+Esc or Alt+Ctrl+Delete Key to open Task Manager. Then, find Windows Explorer in the Processes tab and click Restart. Hidden files should now be visible in My Computer (or This PC).