File binder definition
A file binder is a type of software that combines multiple files into a single one. The resulting file typically appears as a standalone file but encapsulates all the documents and resources that were tied.
The resulting binder file can be used to simplify file organization, improve portability, or streamline the sharing process.
See also: zip bomb
File binder use cases:
- Software Distribution. File binders are used in software development and distribution to package an application into a single file. Such binding ensures that the app runs smoothly on target systems.
- Portable Applications. Another way to use file binders is to create portable applications that can be run directly from a removable storage device, such as a USB flash drive. By bundling all the required files and resources, the application becomes self-contained and can be used on different computers without needing installation.
- Archiving and Compression. A file binder is a common tool used in file compression and archiving. A file binder such as WinRAR allows bundling multiple files and folders together into a single compressed archive file, reducing file size and facilitating easier storage, sharing, and backup.
- Malware Techniques. Unfortunately, file binders can also be misused for malicious purposes. Hackers may utilize file binders to combine malicious files or code with legitimate files, making it more difficult for security software to detect or analyze the malicious content.