How to delete files for good

How to delete files for good

By Jeandre de Beer / Kim Komando

You don’t leave credit delete 2card and bill statements lying around where anyone can get to them. So why would you leave your digital data out for anyone to find?

It may be time to get rid of that old computer, or maybe it’s just time to free up some hard drive space. Whatever the reason, that data has got to go.


So now you’ve deleted your sensitive and classified financial information. No hackers could possibly steal your personal data, right?


Wrong! You might think your files are deleted, but really they’re only hidden.

New data will eventually replace it, but until then hackers could still read it. And even after that, magnetic field patterns could still be read from the disk surface.

If you want to get serious about your personal security, you need to erase sensitive data for good.


If you want to permanently delete data – you need to do more than just deleting the file and emptying your recycle bin. 

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