The Need to Protect Your Sensitive Personal Data

It is our natural tendency of storing credit card information and banking details on the computer’s hard drive in a text file or an encrypted manner. We do this to have easy access to this information so that it becomes convenient for us to do online shopping or transaction of money online. If you are no longer going to use your hard drive that contains your sensitive details and are looking forward to sell it or lend it to someone, you should make sure you get rid of all the data from your hard drive by overwriting new data on your personal data.
You have two options to go about it:

  1. To  protect the sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting data on it.
  2. Wipe out all the data from your hard drive.

The first option is easy and fast; however, there is a chance of you making a mistake while deleting the data as you may forget to delete some sensitive files because you do not remember its location. The second option will help you in getting rid of unused storage space from your drive as there is possibility that some sensitive files can still remain on it.

Sensitive Data Protection – A Few Free Tools

In order to delete selected files and folders from your computer forever, you can make use of the free application – Eraser. After installing this application, run it and find the files and folders that you want to delete and then select Erase. You can go to ‘Options’ to select a wiping method. After you have deleted the sensitive files, you clear the unused storage space by right-clicking on C: drive and then selecting Erase Unused Space.

Here is a nice YouTube video  on how to download and use Eraser.

If you would like to wipe out all the data from your hard drive, you can go for Active@ Kill Disk or Darik’s Boot and Nuke (DBAN).

Active@ KillDisk – Hard Drive Eraser is powerful and compact software that allows you to destroy all data on hard and floppy drives completely, excluding any possibility of future recovery of deleted files and folders. It’s a hard drive and partition eraser utility.

Darik’s Boot and Nuke (“DBAN”) is a self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction.