Many of us now own, and use, a paper file shredder to destroy documents and personal and financial papers that we don’t want to fall into the hands of identity thieves, or anyone not entitled to have access.
So what about those files on your computer that you’ve just deleted and sent to the recycle bin? When you delete a file from your computer it’s gone forever, right? Well if you’re a typical computer user, you quite likely do believe that it’s gone forever since the deleted file can’t be seen in Explorer.
But this is not the case. Instead, what does get deleted is the link pointing towards the file, but not the file itself. Surprisingly, it is relatively easy to retrieve the deleted file using specialized file recovery software, which takes advantage of shortcomings in the Windows operating systems.
In order to delete or shred files permanently, to protect your privacy and potentially your security, you need a program such as File Shredder 2 that is capable of rewriting the file with a random series of binary data multiple times. This process is often called shredding. That way, the actual content of the file has been overwritten and the possibilities of recovering such a shredded file becomes mostly theoretical.
File Shredder 2 is a simple but powerful program, with a straightforward interface, that many users judge to be better than some commercial file shredders. With File Shredder 2 you can remove files from your hard drive permanently, and feel confident that the file can’t be recovered.
Running the program allows you to choose between 5 different shredding algorithms, each one gradually stronger than the previous one. As well, it has an integrated Disk Wiper which uses a shredding algorithm to wipe unused disk space. I use this feature frequently, to clean up my drives and to destroy any leftover fragments of previously deleted files.
If you’re looking for a great free file shredder application that does what it says it does, in an easy to understand manner, I highly recommend File Shredder 2.
Operating Systems: Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista
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