We probably get at least one unsubscribe request per week from someone saying they have to cancel because their wife/girlfriend found out about their account. This is a totally avoidable situation if you’re careful. Read on for some tips for beginners as well as a few advanced techniques for those with savvier spouses.
Step one: Browser Settings
The easiest (and perhaps most suspicious) ways to ensure that your significant other doesn’t know what sites you’ve been visiting is to get into the habit of clearing your browser histories. This includes:
- Saved form/search
- Authenticated sessions
The next thing to do is to disable password saving by your browser. It stores a list of your passwords and what sites they’re for.
Step Two: File Management
Most of our members download .wmvs to their harddrives. For those with extra-snoopy partners, a good option may be simply to stream your movies using the Flash player. If that doesn’t work for you, you have a couple of options.
Effort Level: Low
If you don’t want to go through the pain of hiding and renaming files, there are several commercial products on the market that claim to do all of this for you. Some even take care of your browser history as well. The only program that I can confidently endorse because I’ve used it is Heatseek. It’s a browser that keeps all of your history, files and passwords contained in it and can be closed quickly by pressing a single key. It also allows you to choose the program name and icon associated with it (mine’s called Knitting Pro).
Edit: After several members suggested Truecrypt, I gave it a try. It seems like a really solid program, not only for hiding porn, but keeping important documents safe as well.
Effort Level: Medium
The easiest way to hide files is to put them in a folder and hide it. (Duh) But where should you hide your files and how? My advice: the Windows directory. Most people have no reason to ever look in that folder and tend not to understand what’s in there if they do.
- Start by opening My Computer
- Click on the C: drive
- Open the Windows (or WINNT or whatever it is in Vista) folder
- Create a new folder (try to name it something cryptic like “temp_asc” that no one would bother opening even if they did find it)
For an added layer of protection, you may opt to make the folder a hidden folder by doing the following:
- Select your new folder and right-click
- Choose “Properties”
- Check the box next to “Hide”
Remember – you will not have access to this folder unless you make hidden files visible each time the Windows folder is opened.
Effort Level: High
If you require another level of camouflage, start by following the instructions above. The next step is to start altering the file names to make them innocuous-looking and unable to be opened with a media player (temporarily).
- Change the file extension (.wmv) of your files to .temp when they aren’t in use. Don’t associate .temp with Winamp or Media Player. When you want to watch your movies, you simply change the file extension back to .wmv
- Remove words from filenames that might searched for like “fuck” or “tits” or even “teen”
You can also throw your partner off the trail by turning off the operating system history viewable in the Start menu under “Most Recent Documents” or “My Recent Documents”. To disable this option:
- From the Start menu select “Control Panel”
- Choose “Taskbar and Start Menu”
- Select the “Start Menu” tab and choose “Customize”
- Click on the “Advanced” tab and uncheck the box that says, “List My Most Recently Opened Documents” or equivalent.
Step Three: Concealing Billing
Sometimes discovery of a VideoBox account is due to a spouse noticing our charge on a credit card statement. There are a couple ways to avoid this.
- If you have a private bank account, you may be better off using the online check option when signing up for service.
- If you have to use a credit card, hide/shred the bill and come up with a cover story before it gets brought up (“It’s my subscription to Sport Fishing online.”)
I hope that helps. Please feel free to share your personal strategies in the comments. And remember – if all else fails, deny deny deny.
Next week: Hiding Porn on your Mac.