MTE Birthday Giveaway: SecretLayer – Professional Steganography Software (Update: Contest Ended)

This is the second day of our Birthday giveaway. The giveaway software for today is Secret Layer – Professional Steganography Software

There are plenty of ways to hidden your confidential files or messages away. You can either encrypt them with a encryption software like Truecrypt, or place them in a folder and lock it with Folder Locker. Another relatively unknown and little used method is to hide them inside an image.

Steganography, according to Wikipedia, is the art and science of writing hidden messages in such a way that no one, apart from the sender and intended recipient, suspects the existence of the message. SecretLayer is a software that utilizes the Steganography concept and hide your confidential files/messages in an image so no one, apart from you and the intended recipent, know the existence of the message.

Using SecretLayer

While the technology may look complicated, SecretLayer is surprisingly easy to use. Once you have installed and run it, you will see the main screen where you need to select whether to “Hide data into images” or “Extract data from images”.


There are the “Wizard” and “Expert” mode which are exactly the same, except that one is guided while the other allows you to do everything at one place. Let choose the “Wizard” mode instead.

1. The first step is to add your image(s). You can use one image, or several images if you want the encrytion to be really secure.

2. Next, you can add your confidential files and/or messages. You can include any number of files and any length of messages as long as the total size doesn’t exceed the limit set by SecretLayer. In this example (the screenshot below), the size limit is 14.4kb.


3. On the next step, you can add further encryption to prevent others from opening the file. You can even select the encryption type.


4. The last step is to preview the data you want to hide and select the location where you want to save the encrypted image.


Now, can you see the differences between the original image and the image with the encrypted data?


The extraction process is similar to the hide data process, except that it is easier. You just have to add the image(s) with the encrypted data, enter your encryption password and click “Extract”. Done. You can then save the embedded file into your computer or shred it.


Secret Layer Pro Giveaway

Secret Layer Pro is the professional fully-functional version and comes with support for png, gif, bmp and jpg image file as well as hiding any amount of data in multiple images. The retail price is $45 and for this week only, we have 10 copies to give away.

Update: The contest has ended.

Contest ends November 18, 2012.

Thanks to EasySector Software Development Team for the kind sponsorship. If you would like to sponsor a giveaway, do contact us here

Secret Layer Pro

Damien Damien

Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.


  1. Wow! Such a way to hide a document is a first to me. Seems a great software to have.

    If I understand well, the recipient must also have Steganography installed to read the hidden message. Which would not be as great to force them to buy it. Hope I am mistaking…

    1. When you buy SecretLayer (Light or Pro) you can install it on two computers: your and your recipient, using same license key.

  2. This is nice but what about this “|{gzip}”? Please shed light.

  3. Hello MTE. This is Ben again. Is it safe to subscribe to your feeds now? I deleted it yesterday because of that thing Avast blocked. Reply please. Thanks. Also, thanks to Avast.

    1. Hi Ben,

      You can subscribe to the feed here: I am not sure why it is not working for you. Try it out and let me know if it works.

      1. It didn’t work at all. Avast still block it & Firefox says “the connection is reset” to wherever, I don’t know.

  4. Hi Damien,

    I just need one suggestion ?
    Is it worth it to offer a give away softwares like this to our readers which we get as promotional content offered for a review ???

  5. I often have to send important documents to my clients through the network, I am very worried about the security of doing.This software just to help me solve this problem.Thank you very much your gift.

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