Some applications and system processes automatically handle files in a way that could pose a risk to the integrity and security of data. These applications and processes are not generally dangerous to your computer but as a precaution we prevent them from accessing files protected by VIDA because they can expose your data at a system level to determined attackers.

Blocked Applications and Processes:

  • The Microsoft Photos application found in Windows is specifically blocked from access to media files protected by VIDA. This application makes insecure copies of viewed media and does not provide a clear mechanism for removing those copies.
    • As an alternative, images can be opened in most other photo applications including popular web browsers. We recommend the free VLC media player ( for opening video files.