You don’t leave credit card and bill statements lying around where anyone can get to them. So why would you leave your digital data out for anyone to find? It may be time to get rid of that old computer, or maybe it’s just time to free up some hard drive space. Whatever the reason, that data has got to go.
So now you’ve deleted your sensitive and classified financial information. No hackers could possibly steal your personal data, right? Wrong! You might think your files are deleted, but really they’re only hidden.
New data will eventually replace it, but until then hackers could still read it. And even after that, magnetic field patterns could still be read from the disk surface. If you want to get serious about your personal security, you need to erase sensitive data for good.
How to delete data forever
You get can rid of that personal data by using Eraser. It’s a free download for wiping clean all traces of deleted files. It’s a must-have for anyone looking to sell a computer.
Eraser has a simple, clean interface, and can permanently erase data from any drive that works with Windows. You can even schedule deletions to happen automatically.
While the program itself is simple, there are a lot of options. We highly recommend that you familiarize yourself with the basics of this program before you start deleting files willy-nilly.
After you’ve read the instructions, we recommend that you keep them on hand in case you need a reference. Remember, you can permanently wipe data away with Eraser, so it’s important for you to be extra careful.
To download Eraser, navigate to the program download page. Scroll down the page until you see a column labeled “Build Name.” Don’t use the download buttons that you will see above this column, those are links to different programs that cost money.
The latest release of Eraser will be the first one located under “Build Name.” Click on that link and you’ll be taken to a download page.
Your download should start immediately. We recommend installing the Typical settings. There are no extra features in the program that you will need, and there is no bloatware to watch out for.