For me, privacy is very important especially when disclosing some personal information on the web. However, it is not only restricted to the net as computer users normally store private information on their PC. No matter how you secure your computer system and even your personal information, hackers always had its way of breaking into your personal account.
But when you decide to remove these information from your system, what you think is gone forever is just lurking around the corner of your hard disk. This is what I found out when I run a secure deletion program like Eraser, into my PC system. I was totally impressed with how the program completely eliminates sensitive files stored in my system. I’ve noted and compiled some facts and features of the program that appeals to me. Read on.
Eraser is made to support several computer platforms such as Windows XP, Windows 7 32-bit/64-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit/64-bit and Windows 2000. I was using the Eraser 6.0.8 version with a total file size of 8.70MB.
The recent version of the program welcomes useful improvements. I quickly noticed the refreshed interface of the program that makes it much easier to use along with the inclusion of FAT directory cleaning capabilities which is better in wiping even USB flash drives. Deleting sensitive data is extremely easy by simply right-clicking the selected private folder or file and click the Eraser option then it instantly wiped these files immediately.
Completely deleting private file could be done either by overwriting these files several times before deleting them or run the Scheduler to delete automatically. Overwriting files several times to delete private data entails using different bit patterns that securely mess it up in which even a special data-recovery tool could not restore its contents.
On the other hand, deleting the files by running the scheduler requires setting up a schedule before automatically running secure deletions. I run the customizable Scheduler to completely remove the contents of the web browser cache of my PC system, Recycle Bin as well as idle hard drive space that destroys all files deleted earlier.
Pros and Cons
I love this program because it efficiently works in deleting sensitive files stored in my computer system in plain user-interface and spontaneous design all for free. However, when I first run the application, it takes over 24 hours to delete those private files but reasonably this depends on the deleting method used and the amount of deleted files.
If you want to permanently delete sensitive data stored in your computer system, then, Eraser is a must-have security deletion tool in maintaining your PC system.