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Saturday, March 15, 2008

ERASER

You may think that deleting a file on your computer makes it go away forever, but it just ain't so, my friend. It's still in there somewhere, waiting to be returned from the dead by someone with the right software and know-how. One or more deleted files could come back some day to haunt you (personal or confidential information, financial or business information, revealing photos, etc.), unless you use a (free) hard drive scrubber like Eraser to overwrite your deleted files…

From the publisher’s website:

“Eraser is an advanced security tool for Windows that allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. The patterns used for overwriting are based on Peter Gutmann's paper Secure Deletion of Data from Magnetic and Solid-State Memory and are selected to effectively remove magnetic remnants from the hard drive. Other methods include the one defined in the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual of the U.S. Department of Defence, and overwriting with pseudorandom data. You can also define your own overwriting methods. Version 5.86 includes unspecified updates.”

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