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Discrete File Management using Representative Images on Desktop to Represent File System Folders

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000244801D
Publication Date: 2016-Jan-15
Document File: 4 page(s) / 153K

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Abstract

Disclosed are a system and method that provides a discrete graphical representation on a computer desktop of hidden files or folders to allow the user or administrator of the system to protect and easily access any files that are hidden from other users of the system.

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Discrete File Management using Representative Images on Desktop to Represent File System Folders

Security is a key consideration for users of all devices, from personal computers to laptops to mobile devices, etc. Often, many users share the same device (e.g., a family shares a tablet).

Users need a way to protect personal data and files from being modified or viewed by others. For current devices, the administrator (admin) can create different profiles, and then the user can only access the files associated with the user profile. However, this is not enough security. For example if one user forgets to close the active session, then another user can begin using the device and access the first user's data.

Other alternative is to hide the files. Microsoft Windows*, for example, offers a method to hide files and then unhide the files when the user wants access; however, this method reveals all the files, even when the user only want to access one file.

In addition, a user can create a link to a hidden file or folder, but then it is not hidden.

Further, with desktop sharing becoming commonly utilized for workplace collaboration solutions, users are often forced to navigate a file system with a live audience in order to find and open a saved file during a live collaboration session.

The novel contribution is a system and method that provides a discrete graphical representation on a computer desktop of hidden files or folders to allow the user or admin of the system to protect and easily access the files that are hidden for specific reasons from other users of the system.

The disclosed system provides a unique way to easily access hidden files or folders in a computer desktop without risking the enclosed content, as well as unique way to repress direct access to files/folders based on sections in the desktop.

Additionally, in order to manage and classify links to hidden files by areas, the user can define themes/profiles for groups of files (e.g., work, personal, family, etc.). Thus, if the user switches to a work profile, which is used during working hours, then the system shows the desktop image for the work profile. That view shows only the links to the user's hidden files related to work tasks and information.

To implement the system and method in a preferred embodiment:

1. System admin goes to the operating system (OS) desktop setting preferences (Figure 1)

2. A new panel in desktop setting preferences is displayed for hidden files and folders settings on the desktop (Figure 2)

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