You don’t throw away your personal files, credit card statements and tax filings in the trash for anyone to find, do you? If you don’t do that to your physical files, then why shouldn’t you do that to your sensitive digital files too?If you’re getting rid of your old computer or maybe you’re just clearing out your files to make space, you’re probably diligent about cleaning out your recycle bin to get rid of data, right?If you do that, then those files should be gone forever and they’re completely safe from hackers, right?Wrong! You might think your files are deleted, but really they’re only hidden.The thing is, if you haven’t properly shredded private documents, they can still be found later on down the road. All it takes is a little know-how to recover them.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, that file will still exist on your hard drive.If you consider the size of hard drives, it could be some time until that file is really gone for good. That gives a hacker ample opportunity to get his hands on your sensitive data.If you want to get serious about your personal security, you have to use tools to completely obliterate the data for good.
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