As we head into the holiday season, there are a lot of ads for new computers at reasonable prices. However, before selling or discarding an old computer, or throwing away a CD or DVD, you will want to make sure that you’ve copied all of the files you need. You’ve probably also attempted to delete your personal files so that other people aren’t able to access them. Unless you have taken the proper steps to make sure the hard drive, CD, or DVD is properly erased, people may still be able to resurrect those files.
Published by US-Cert.gov, is a security tip for Effectively Erasing Files, by Mindi McDowell and Matt Lytle, provides this tip in a way that is easy to understand. Visit this site to read the full article, which includes information about where deleted files go, what the risks are for not erasing them completely, information about reformatting and advice for ensuring that all your information is completely erased.