Best Way To Securely Wipe Sensitive Data From Your Computer

Securely Wipe Sensitive Data From Your Computer

Today, you are going to see the best way to securely wipe sensitive data from your computer:

You may ask "why secure wiping, deleting is not enough?

Actually deleting is not enough, simply deleting doesn't completely remove the data or file from the memory, and it can be recovered very easily. Secure wiping is the only way to delete files permanently from the memory.

Do you want to know what happens when you delete a file? It is actually pretty simple, the operating system marks the sectors containing the data as "unused", so that the file appears to be gone from the memory, that's all.

REMEMBER: The file isn't really gone until that same space is overwritten by something else.

So if you want to delete files permanently from your computer, follow this guide:

1. Download and install Eraser on your computer.

(Download link is at the end of this article.)

2. Open the Eraser application, you will see a window as shown below.


3. Click on the "Settings" and then change the "Default file erasure method" to "Pseudorandom Data (1 pass)".

Most of you might ask, "why you are not using the default erase method?"

The default erase method "Gutmann (35 passes)" is no longer useful, because most of the patterns in the Gutmann method were designed for older MFM/RLL encoded disks. And, writing a series of 35 patterns is not necessary to make the data unrecoverable, a single pass with random data will do the job.
4. Now save the settings and then you can close the application.

5. Right click on the file(s) you want to erase, and then select Eraser > Erase ( see the image below).

Eraser Right Click Menu

6.  An alert window will pop up, click on "Yes" -- the deletion process will start. If you want to see the progress, just click on the Eraser tray icon.

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I will talk to you guys in the next article... Peace out....

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