I worked out a way to prompt notifications to peopel using my mathematica code that a new version is available. My code is in a private github repository, mathematica can access it using http requests and a token as authentication. Now, Unfortunately github does not allow read-only permissions. So I am afraid to push out the new version with the autoupdate, as it will neeed to contain the token, and if the token is shared anybody could access all my repos. Now, on the internet I found the suggestion to make a new github account and add him to the repo, and then generate the token with this account, in this way at least only a single repo will be at risk. I don-t like this solution much, though. Now I was wondering if there is any way to "hide" the value of the variable to an average mathematica user, still allowing it to be used for commands (basically I just have to insert it in an http request).
Of course I understand that anybody with some computer knowledge can for example sniff the request, but I would already be happy if typing the name of the variable and pressing enter in mathematica would result in it value NOT being displayed, and same regarding the user being unable to get it by opening the file and reading it. The second part is easy, I can use Encode. The first part, however, is a problem. I hoped I could set attributes ReadProtected and Locked. However, these work to hide function definitions, NOT variable values. And also functions can still be evaluated, so I cannot hide my string in a function. Any ideas?