There are times when you really want to make sure a file on your computer is deleted and can't be recovered by a PC expert, I am sure I don't have to preach about how it is really important these days to 'securely delete' your files.
Remember any leak of the data in your files with any financial records or personal information can of course lead you to being ripped off by a ID fraud type criminal. If such criminals can undelete files on your hard drive and access the content then your
security has been badly compromised.
Also when you sell a computer, give an old computer to someone or indeed dispose of it, its important to securely delete all your data. There are BOOT CD's like DBAN which can delete everything from a computers hard disk, however the best method is to have
the physical disk crushed by an expert company
Also ANYONE these days can be a deleted file recovery expert, there are free utilities for windows like "Recuva", which can restore nearly any file that has not been 'securely deleted', thus anyone can be a instant expert with one google search......Dangerous
i am sure you will agree.......
However secure deletion is pretty easy to use. (Also i would encourage you to use recuva as way of getting files back that have been non securely deleted in error on Windows -- see here www.piriform.com/recuv )
What is secure deletion?
A very clever individual has worked out a way deleting a file securely from a computers hard disk using a a technique that overwrites the data over 30 times with random bit patterns. see here
Also take caution when using these secure delete programs below as once the file is SECURELY DELETED its GONE FOR GOOD.
WINDOWS XP/VISTA/7 USERS
The free windows deletion utility "ERASER" implements this GUTTMAN technique and is the only free way of making sure deleted files are REALLY deleted forever on Windows......download and install ERASER from the link below and make sure you turn on GUTTMAN deletion
from the options.
You can right click on a file and ERASE it securely, you can also do this with the Windows Trashcan, where deleted files are stored for recovery (its the icon like a dustbin on your desktop. Also ERASER securely 'moves' files from one location to another
by deleting the old locations file image.
You should note that if you are deleting a lot of files at once it can take a long time, i had to securely delete on a Linux system 16 gig (4 DVD's worth) of data and it took over 24 hours. However for single files and anything under 1 gig ERASER is quick
Website & Download for Eraser
For mac users , you need to CAREFULLY follow this guide from Apple on secure deletion
To delete from the Linux command line Install the 'secure delete' package from your Linux vendor, this gives you a command line utility "SRM" or in some cases "shred" or "wipe"
To securely delete from the GNOME GUI follow this guide below
To securely delete from the KDE GUI follow this guide below
Hope this helps you out in some way.