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How to Hide Your Diary
A diary is supposed to be a place where you can express your ideas and confide your feelings. Writing your way through a problem can be very therapeutic. The best way to make sure it isn't found is to make sure no one sees your diary, to begin with. Put it where no one knows where it is. Start at step one to keep people who are snooping around from invading your privacy.
Hiding Your Diary
Hide it where no one will find it.
- Find an old book and cut a hole in it so your diary will fit.
- In your pillowcase.
- In a fish tank where people will never look
- In an old bag (backpack, purse, etc.)
- Behind your TV, or computer.
- Under a pile of stuffed animals.
- In your underwear drawer.
- In the little space under your dresser.
- Inside a shoe box (make sure you keep shoes in there too!)
- Inside your computer
- In a pet carrier box.
- In your laundry hamper.
- Under your cushion.
- If you have a pile of cushions on your bed, then you can unzip one of the covers, slot it in and re zip it. No one will ever know! Just make sure no one sits on it and gets a nasty surprise!!
- Under a pile of cans that you don't usually drink.
- If you have an opening blanket, hide it under the cushion inside.
Put your diary inside a desktop computer.Most computers have lots of empty space inside the case, and very few people think to look inside them. People, and parents especially, may not be very good at dealing with technology and not even realize it can open or that there is any space inside. Just be sure not to store it somewhere where it will damage your computer, start a fire or block airflow to components that need cooling.
Put your diary online.Don't use things like LiveJournal. That isn't as anonymous as making a separate email address and emailing entries to yourself or just saving all your entries as drafts on that email.
Tape it to the underside of a chair, desk, table, or interior of a drawer.
Put it under a loose floorboard in a hardwood floor (best for old houses).
Act natural when anyone comes into your room as if you have nothing to hide.This way, that person will be less likely to look around for your diary.
Make a decoy.If a nosy person comes into your room and starts snooping, get a little notebook and quickly writemy diaryon it and then drop it onto your bed. Casually leave the room. Maybe they will read the decoy diary and, finding very little there, simply leave the room and you will have nothing to worry about. Add bogus entries every so often, as if they had really happened, but that the snooper can recognize as fantasy (such as your fantastic trip to San Francisco, or how you spent two years in a foster home, or how you rescued a dog from the pound and now it is your best friend). This will make them wonder if other things you wrote were true or fantasy, and you can tell people that you want to be a writer so you make up a lot of things. Later, when you're done with that diary, go back and put a code by the fantasy entries before you hide it permanently. The famous writer Anais Nin did this for years!
See if there is enough room to stick the diary between the back of a framed picture and the wall.Nobody looks behind pictures.
Lift a removable ceiling panel (if you have one) and place your diary (or anything else you have to hide) on one next to it.Why would anybody look in your ceiling?
Slip your diary inside a newspaper roll, and set the newspaper next to your chair, on the shelf, wherever a newspaper looks natural but discreet.An example of a bad spot is on an end table, where it may seem to invite someone to pick it up, open it, and find the diary by mistake.
Hide it under a chest of drawers, under the bottom drawer, where the floor is.Remember to put the drawer back on. Some sets of drawers have a base, with a space between the base and the bottom drawer, this way people won't find your diary, even if they're moving the furniture around!
Find an old tissue box.Slip your diary inside, and then cover it with a few sheets of tissue. The only problem is that if someone wants to take a tissue they may find the diary underneath, so use quite a few tissues and replenish them after anyone uses them.
Hide it in an old Bible case.Also put one of your old Bibles in it to cover up your diary. It works great!
Method 1 Quiz
Which of the following is the easiest place to hide your diary?
Disguising Your Diary
Conceal the cover of your diary with a book cover (make it look like a very boring book so that if anyone finds it, they won't want to read it!) and hide it amongst your other books.
Write your diary in a completely ordinary-looking school notebook (you might even put school notes on the first few pages) and keep it with other school stuff.
Consider the alternatives.If there are absolutely no good hiding spots you can access easily or your nosy person has already discovered them all.
- Consider writing your diary in a shorthand or code that only you understand, so that even if intercepted no one will know how to read what you have written. Note, however, that almost any code that isn't generated by a computer can be broken by someone with enough time and experience, and that if you write a code that doesn't look like normal English, it will be obvious to everyone that you're hiding something. Also, the more complex the code, the longer it will take to write out and the longer it will take to decipher when you want to read it. The more practice you have with your particular method, the quicker your writing/reading will become.
- Or, as a twist to the above, consider writing in a language with a script different from your own; for example, Japanese. Greek and Korean are a good shortcut because you only need to learn the alphabet and not the actual language (Korean and Greek characters have different shapes from the English letters, but share very similar sounds). Try to choose a language few people know and/or you have an interest in (if anyone finds it, you can always say it's practice or something).
- You can also create your own language or variation on English. English has a lot of room for condensation. For example, consider dropping the definite article and using a symbol instead. Then take that symbol and place it somewhere that isn't grammatically correct in English. For example, use a '?' symbol for "the" and attach it to the end of a word. That way 'the word' becomes 'word?'
- Consider instead keeping an electronic diary on a computer. Write in MS Word or a similar program, and then put a password only you know on the file when you save it. Then, put it in a folder and put a different password on that folder, giving an extra layer of security. For even better hiding, place the password folder in a directory on your computer that people would be unlikely to look in. For example, name the folder something innocuous, like "data3", and then place it in a directory called "utilities", instead of naming it "diary" and putting it in "My Documents".
Try considering one of those Password Journals.It is an electronic device where you voice activates or pin code opens. Then it opens up to a notebook, LED light, pen holder, picture frame and all sorts. The prices for these are very low for something that is very high technology!
Hide it inside an old video case if it fits, then set it among the rest of your videos.
Get a diary with a lock, and carry the keys around your neck or hide the keys.Just keep in mind that your parents might ask you why you have the key.
Try blogging.If you have a video camera and are willing to spend time and money getting cassettes, you can record your feelings out loud!
Hide your diary in bookshelf among storybooks.Truly the diary seems to be a story-book.
Hide your diary in an old shirt/top and put it somewhere in your dresser where nobody claims to look.
If you have a computer, look up a boring Wikipedia entry and then copy it and paste it on your diary (make your diary a word document) and label your diary the article name.Type out your diary under the article.
Overall, the best place to hide a diary on a computer is inside the system folder.Navigate to C:\Windows, and pick a folder. No one will ever look in there, or know which of hundreds of folders you have put your file in.
Method 2 Quiz
True or False: The computer can be a good place to hide your diary.
Knowing Whether Someone Has Read Your Diary
Use the powder method.Put a little powder (flour, powdered sugar, etc.) in one of the covers or on the page you think might be most likely read. The powder will fall out when the page is opened, and you will notice either powder on the floor near your diary or that the powder in the book is missing.
Use the temptation method.Write a false entry in your diary saying that if your brother does your chores for you every day for a week, you will give him a piece of candy. Or say that if your sister cleans your room you will let her borrow your laptop, for example. When your brother miraculously starts doing your chores or your room is suddenly spotless (and your sister claims it to be her work), you know you've got readers.
Use the hair method.Find one of your hairs on your jacket or shower or something. Place one end of the hair in one of the covers of your diary and the other end in the other cover of the diary so the hair is facing the side of the book that opens. When someone opens the diary, the hair will snap or will fall out or loosen a lot.
Method 3 Quiz
Which is the best way to trick other people into telling you if they’ve read your diary?
QuestionHow can I hide my three diaries from my smart brother?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry hiding your diaries in the most obvious spots. If your brother is smart, he might try to look in less-obvious places. Hide your diaries behind a jewelry box, in an old coat, or under your bed.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if I don't have any of these things?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry covering your diary with a T-shirt. Fold your shirt nicely, then tuck the diary inside. Place your folded shirt in the back of your closet or at the bottom of your dresser.Thanks!
QuestionWhat should I do if someone sees me hiding he diary?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPretend that you did not see them, and wait for them to leave. As soon as they leave, get your diary and hide it someplace else.Thanks!
QuestionMy mum wants to write in my diary, so codes won't work. I have hardly any hiding spots. What do I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThanks!
QuestionCan I hide my diary in my locker?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. You can hide it behind books and under other stuff. If you are really desperate, you could tape the diary to the ceiling of the locker.Thanks!
QuestionWhen is the best time to write in your diary?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWhenever you have some time to yourself, and something to say.Thanks!
QuestionwikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerHide it in a place your sister does not look, such as wrapped in a shirt with clothes belonging to you and not her, or a backpack you don't use. You could also hide your diary outside of your room.Thanks!
QuestionWhy would someone hide their diary in the ceiling?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerBecause no one would think look in the ceiling. Most people tend to only look in places that are at eye-level. The ceiling is above eye-level.Thanks!
QuestionI hid my diary, but I am pretty sure one of the people I wrote bad things about read it. What should I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerSee if the person is acting strangely. If she is, then she probably read your diary, and is hurt. If she is your friend, ask her honestly if she read it. Tell her you are sorry and hopefully you can resolve it.Thanks!
QuestionWhat's a good name to put on the cover instead of just "Diary"?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou could out a decoy title like "Physics Notes" (or some other boring subject) if you want to be clever and/or make sure no one tries to read it.Thanks!
- The absolute best time to write in your diary is when you are home alone. This is always the best time because you know that no one can burst in without you knowing, as you would hear the door open or the car pull up before they even came in the house, which would give you ample time to hide it.
- Try hiding your diary in an old jigsaw puzzle box or put it inside a magazine and place that on a book shelf. You can also hide the diary in a sock drawer.
- If nosy people don't know you keep a diary, they won't think to look for it. Don't be flashy about writing in your diary or snotty about it being secret, interesting, and private.
- If your diary is the same size as one of your hard-cover books, take the book jacket off your hard-cover and put the book-jacket on your diary. Put your disguised diary on your bookshelf were the hard-cover book would go.
- If you are going to lock your diary, and you don't feel like wearing the keys around your neck, tape the keys to a spot like on the side of your bedside table, so the person would have to be lying right where you sleep to see them.
- Another great idea for hiding your Diary is to set it in a clean trash can (The small ones for bedrooms) and put the trash bag in, over your diary. put some paper in the bag to cover up the Diary so no one sees it! (like they'll check a trash can anyway!)
- If you use Microsoft word or notepad to write your diary, then this is for you! Download 7-zip, a free utility, and you can encrypt (code) your text/photos etc using 256 bit AES encryption, which takes your encryption to the level of U.S Military. Now, that is hiding!
- Write in third perspective, so if anyone finds it, it'll seem like a story you're writing.
- Read the book "Harriet the Spy" by Louise Fitzhugh to find out what to do if evil classmates actually do get hold of your diary. It's not a pretty sight but this book will help you deal with it. Harriet is also a great notebook-keeper.
- Another great place to put your virtual diary is on a jump-drive or memory stick. It may be easier to hide than an actual book.
- Sometimes, the best place to hide a diary is in plain sight. The seeker will be so intent on searching the hidey-holes that they wouldn't even think to open the book they just tossed aside to get to a loose floorboard!
- Clear your browsing cache. A nosy person can search your browsing cache and find out all of your good hiding spots. To find out how, check out How to Clear Your Browser's Cache.
- Put it on your mp3 player! Just make sure it is password protected!
- If you already have a computer, it is not that difficult to transfer files onto it, and then simply make them hard to find, and then hard to access. Good places to hide files might be in iTunes folders, movie-maker folders, and anything that might seem like an unlikely hiding place. Another plus to this idea is that many adults/parents/nosy people are not very experienced with technology, which makes it even harder to find the diary!
- Do not hide the diary under your mattress. It is likely the first place someone would look.
- Use loose leaf paper like you'd use at school. It's thin, looks boring, and easy to hide.
- Another hiding area is to take apart a large cheap globe, put it inside put the globe together and put it in your wardrobe/closet behind clothes so it will be hidden three times.
- A very determined person will pull every picture off the wall, every floorboard off the floor, and every piece of furniture apart before giving up. A code or an obscure language is your best bet if you have a family member like this. Make a good code and don't share it withanyone.
- You can hide it in a shoe box, in a regular box with other things on top of it, or in a crate.
- Write boring entries that seem like true day to day things like at school we learned about angles for the first few pages and secrets at the back. People that read your diary will be to bored to read on.
- If your diary is on MS word, change the font to white and name it something boring (EX: my homework).
- If you keep your diary on a computer, you can precede the filename with a "." (a period w/o the quotes). This makes the filename hidden in most circumstances. But, don't forget the location and name (including the "." you placed in front of the file if you want to return to it. However, there are several methods of Seeking files so you might want to take extra precautions such as a password protection and/or changing the color of the print to white. You can also even mark the text as hidden in MS Word. But, just like keys are to keep honest people out, where there is a will (and knowledge) there is always a way.
- Just use common sense and hide it in a spot where you know other people won't look.
- Lots of people have mentioned hiding it in your locker. Remember, teachers have the right to search your locker at any time, and lots of lockers have the same key. Buy a high quality lock, preferably with a unique key, and make sure that if you know about a locker search, remove it and hide it somewhere else. The exercise book or different language would be good for hiding in a locker. Remember that anyone can catch a glimpse of it from behind.
- You can hide your diary on top of the canopy on your bed if you have one.
- If you're using a digital diary, encrypt the text you write with either blowfish, aes, rsa, or 256bit encryption with an application that does it. Copy the encrypted text and paste it to your entry. Just remember the key or, if RSA, put it in a folder far too inconspicuous to find such as an obscure program files (x86) folder.
- Try printing out a picture of a cassette tape and glue it to the front then repeat and do the same for the back then take a piece of black tape and cover the spine with it then put it on a shelf of music or even in a tape player pretending it’s real tape 😉.
- You can also hide your diary inside your guitar case or under your bed. If you hid it under your bed, you can even tape it to the underside of your bed.
- Remember that anyone, including your parents, can read this page from your history, and therefore might have a better idea of where to look and will then tease you for eternity and/or tell the universe your secrets. What if your worst enemy found it?
- Never leave your diary around just because it came with a lock. A really determined person could hack and break the lock if they tried hard enough! And most locks don't seal the diary completely, and even if they can't break the lock, they could open and read some bits through the gap.
- Never take it to school with you. You never know who could go through your bag and steal it! In fact, some people might tease you just because you own a diary.
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