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Information hiding definition

Information hiding refers to the process of limiting the user's access to certain features to prevent changes or modifications. This is done to make the app easier to use, prevent security accidents, and ensure confidentiality.

The benefits of information hiding:

  • Protecting intellectual property. Information hiding techniques like watermarking can protect intellectual property and prevent unauthorized use of data.
  • Ensuring confidentiality. By hiding the information, you can protect the confidentiality of the owner.
  • Enhanced security. Information hiding helps protect organizations and their customers from data breaches and cyber attacks.
  • Access management. Hiding information helps ensure that only authorized people can access it.

Examples of information hiding:

  • Watermarks. Watermarks are identifying images or patterns that help confirm ownership of a physical or digital object. Watermarks can also be hidden and help track usage.
  • Obfuscation. NordVPN’s obfuscated servers are specialized VPN servers that are designed to hide the fact that you’re using a VPN service.
  • Encryption. Encryption scrambles the data making it unreadable to anyone but the person with the decryption key.
  • Data masking. Data masking involves hiding data by replacing it with fake data.

See also: Data segregation, computer network operations