This Free File Shredder Works!

A free file shredder destroys a file so that nobody can recover its contents. Isn't this what happens when we hit the 'Delete' button? Well, there are some misconceptions about deleting computer files and why we should permanently erase to guard privacy.

Here's what we'll be covering...

  1. Pressing Delete Doesn't Erase!
  2. Situations That Demand File Shredding
  3. Recommended Free File Shredder Software
  4. Supporting Articles

1. Pressing Delete Doesn't Erase!

Simply pressing the delete button, emptying the Recycle Bin or even formatting the drive doesn't get rid of files. When we delete, the pathway that leads to the file is deleted and the space the file was taking up is marked as being available for re-use and will at some stage, be over-written with new data.

The digital information still remains on the drive we are using, which can be the hard disk drive (HDD) or an external drive, such as a USB. However, until the file is overwritten, there are programs that can recreate this deleted data from the different hidden locations on the HDD or from the swap file -- I have discussed the use of recovery programs in my article, Software To Undelete That Lost Data

Anyone with one of these programs and access to our computer can see everything we've ever used our computer for... unless our unwanted information is deleted beyond recovery bu using a commercial or free file shredder. You may think you have nothing to hide and are happy that data can be recovered but there are reasonds why you should consider a commercial or free shredder...

2. Situations That Demand File Shredding

Here's just a few reasons when you may want to permanently wipe information from your computer...

  • Your hard drive has become corrupted, so you want to clean your drive and re-install
  • You want to prevent identity theft and so are deleting financial and personal information 'on the go', so it cannot be retrieved by crackers and identity theft malware
  • Your computer performance has dramatically decreased and you want to increase memory by deleting unused files and other data... but in a way to guard privacy
  • You may have valuable, secret private, or company information on your computer that must never be recovered by a third party
  • You may be selling a hard drive, donating or selling the entire computer, or disposing of it. You may not want a third party to able to recover all that you've stored on your hard drive. To illustrate, in his book Database Nation, Simson Garfinkel writes that drives purchased on eBay regularly contain sensitive or confidential data, such as credit card data, pin numbers, financial spreadsheets, etc.
  • You may want to reassure clients, customers or patients that their confidential data will never be seen by anyone else, when it is no longer required to be stored

3. Recommended Free File Shredder Software

Heard the saying, "You get what you pay for"? Well, to a large extent, it's also true for the commercial and free file shredder.

There are a few good file shredder programs that will erase hard drive free and delete internet history. i.e. they are not on a 'free trial and then buy' basis, but gratis.

However, if you have commercially sensitive or private confidential data that you want to be sure is deleted beyond recovery, then I suggest you try the commercial program that I use, CyberScrub Privacy Suite, which has a 15 Day free trial. It is approved for use by a number of U.S. Government agencies, sech as the EPA. You can also find out more in my article, The Features and Benefits of Using CyberScrub

There are two free file shredder programs, which I'd recommend for freeing up disk space and to erase a good portion of your Internet history habits...

3.1. CCleaner

CCleaner is available free for both Windows and Mac and removes unused files from your system, allowing your computer to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. This is the free file shredder that I'd recommend to you.

The program cleans: Internet History, Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files, Log files, Clipboard, DNS Cache, Error Reporting, Memory Dumps and Jump Lists.

It also works with numerous third-party applications to remove temporary files and recent file lists (MRUs), such as with Windows Media Player, Adobe Acrobat, WinZip and Google Toolbar etc.

Not only is this program a free file shredder, but it also has a Registry Cleaner, which removes unused and old entries, including File Extensions, ActiveX Controls, ClassIDs, ProgIDs, Uninstallers, Shared DLLs, Fonts, Help Files, Application Paths, Icons, Invalid Shortcuts and more.

This is also a fast program... setting the wipe process for 7 passes (the usual recommendation is 3 passes), my computer is cleaned in under 1 minute! If the program is set to wipe free space, then the process takes just under 2 hours -- that's one third of the time taken by some file shredder programs!

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If you'd like to read about the features and how to use CCleaner, see my article,

CCleaner... The Features and How to Use

3.2. Eraser

A Windows only, open source program, which overcomes the problems in secure file removal, mostly caused by the use of write cache, construction of the hard disk and the use of data encoding.

These problems were taken into consideration when Eraser was designed and it has an intuitive and simple user interface.

It wipes data via using pseudo-random data, and makes wipe passes from 1 up to the 35 specified by Gutmann

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Supporting Articles

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  2. Why You Should Permanently Delete Files
  3. Delete Browsing History To Stop Tracking Cookies and Snoops!
  4. CCCleaner Is A Fast and Effective Free Shredder
  5. Learn What The DOD Standard Really States
  6. Permanently Delete Files So Personal Information Is Irrecoverable
  7. Learn More About How This Top File Deletion Software Operates

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