How to Hide Porn in Linux? This is Hilarious and Ingenious at the Same Time.
By on June 22nd, 2010

A large part of this world believes that the Internet has been successful because of the availability of free porn. Though, it is one thing to have porn on your computer and another thing to hide it like a pro.

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The folks at Reddit continue to amaze me. This thread at Reddit tells us how to hide porn effectively using Linux. I will quote the exact talk excerpt for you to have a good ROFL moment.

<Pryoidain> What are you trying to hide?
<asaph> Nothing that needs encryption, I just want it to be tricky to find.
<Pryoidain> got a separate /tmp partion?
<asaph> of course.
<Pryoidain> unmount it then copy shit to /tmp. It will actually copy it to the /tmp directory on the ROOT filesystem. then when you remount /tmp, the directory becomes a pointer, pointing to the real one, but without removing any of your files in the physical directory on the root system.
<Pryoidain> No one will ever find them unless /tmp fails to mount, or they’re looking for it. even if they’re looking for it, they’ll see them in /tmp and assume their garbage, that is if you name them right.
<asaph> …that’s fucking genius.
<Pryoidain> I know, I’ve been hiding my porn under the /boot directory for about 3 years now.

The talk goes on to explain how effective the method is in hiding stuff you want to remain unseen. Now, that is what I call geekiness and it is the best abuse of the Linux file system. Worried about the files appearing on search? Well, another solution talks of doing a chmod 700 on the directory. See the thread here.

So, what is your preferred method of hiding porn? Believe me; I do not want to know.

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  • Seth

    Aw c'mon! All these comments were exactly on-topic. No need to delete them all :)

  • anon

    sudo mkdir /boot/grub/locale/config

    sudo mv “adult_files” /boot/grub/locale/config

  • http://anthonyvanover.tk Anthony

    This is hilarious, but all you have to do is create a directory with a “.” in front of it and it won’t appear in the file manager. It’s not like anyone is going to be poking around in terminal with “ls -al” all the time.

    • http://www.google.com JasonMurry

      Indeed, just a . is enough.

 
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