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Make sure snoops can't recover your deleted files

Make sure snoops can't recover your deleted files
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You can't help but wonder these days if there is any way to truly delete your computer files, meaning permanently delete them. If presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton's IT team can't permanently erase her emails, how can you permanently delete your files?

You may not realize this, but your deleted files aren't really gone when you delete them. They're still lurking on the computer, and it just takes a little know-how to recover them.

What's going on? When a file is deleted, your operating system removes the link to the file and marks the space free. Until it's overwritten by new information, however, that file will still exist on your hard drive.

As it turns out, though, there are tools that can help you delete your files and make them unrecoverable. The question you'll want to ask yourself before you make files unrecoverable is: Do you want to save the files elsewhere, or just completely get rid of them?

If you want to save them elsewhere, so you can sell your device or give it to someone, first save your files to the cloud. Then, proceed to wipe your device clean.

One tool to do that is Full Wipe. After a quick download, you can completely wipe clean any of the drives on your computer, like your hard drive (C:\), or a removable device such as a thumb drive or memory card.

Next page: How to make files unrecoverable, and download instructions
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