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How to securely delete full vm

We have a Windows 7 virtual machine on VMware Workstation 11. The VM is now encrypted (using Workstation) but wasn’t always. The VM has confidential information on it and as we no longer need it, we ...
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How to secure delete inside a virtual machine?

Here is a tricky one: Can you securely delete a file from a VM? I'm sure the answer is dependent on a million different variables, and I'm sure the answer is something like "not really" but I want ...
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Is it secure to overwrite unencrypted files with encrypted ones?

If I have a text file on my desktop and I encrypt it (as in replace it with an encrypted version, not create a secondary file) will the old file still be recoverable? In other words if you replace the ...
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Can wiped SSD data be recovered?

I was reading another post on destroying IDE drives, and how you could remove data, wipe it, or just destroy the drive. The removed data would still be there in some state, although not easily ...
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Which delete is find using? [migrated]

I ask because I was looking at the maintenance scripts OS X runs (/private/etc/periodic/daily/) and, for example, the one that cleans out old tmp files (110.clean-tmps) uses the following 2 lines to ...
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Why is writing zeros (or random data) over a hard drive multiple times better than just doing it once?

Lots of different programs, such as Darik's Boot and Nuke, let you write over a hard drive multiple times under the guise of it being more secure than just doing it once. Why?
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On File delete, using java File delete method what could be the security issue?

In my case, the static code analysis tool shows the issue when it founds the code like this boolean status = file.delete(); It issues the security vulnerability saying the validation is ...
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Safely remove original file after encryption

My application encrypts a file, and the result is written to a different one. How do I safely remove the original one (C++)? Update. Wow! The problem is more complicated than I thought of it... 1) ...
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On a Mac running OSX, can I tell whether files have been deleted, and if so, when?

At this stage I'm not interested in recovering any file, just to find out a) whether any files have been deleted in the past x months, and if so, b) when were they deleted? Bit of a follow up ...
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How do you erase a Blackberry without having direct access to the server?

I have a Blackberry with no access to the BIS or BES server that managed it. How does one erase and reset the device to defaults?
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Why use random value when overwriting files?

Often when I see people talking about safe deletion, I see lots of advice's that you should use random values to overwrite. My question is why is it better or more efficient than filling all bytes ...
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Cases where DBAN has won

Are there any real life cases where software such as DBAN (to securely erase disks) has beaten government/law enforcement agencies? I found this online which lists each time encryption has beaten ...
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How to delete one exe file that is probably malware?

I stupidly saved an .exe file that claimed to be an urgent Firefox patch (318K). I haven't (and won't) run it, but how can I delete it so that it's gone, i.e. no risk to my Win7 laptop? I thought of ...
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Write to selected disk location to overwrite deleted file

I know that every file on a computer is written to a specific disk location. Using Python I want to locate the file and overwrite it in order for it to be impossible to retrieve it. Using an SSD I ...
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Why don't OSes offer secure file erase/wipe? [duplicate]

Inspired from here: Why didn't OSes securely delete files right from the beginning? And why do they still not do this? The point that seems to be taken there is why it is not the default, but the ...
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Are deleted offline calendar events in Android actually deleted?

When an Android app deletes a calendar event in a local (offline / non-synced) calendar, does Android's Calendar Storage (com.android.providers.calendar) actually delete the event or does it just flag ...
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Are files deleted before encrypting then formatted able to be retrieved?

On a drive I have a folder of files, I then just soft delete these files (not wiping them or overwriting with any data). After I soft delete them I encrypt the drive and wipe it with a single quick ...
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Can a full SSD or HDD recover deleted data?

I've always been curious. It may be a stupid question but what if you deleted a file then filled up the SSD or HDD. Could your deleted data be recovered or is it physically impossible? I know Windows ...
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To what extent does formatting a disk (securely) remove its data?

If the goal is to make data no longer retrievable, how secure is it to format the disk? I assumed formatting the disk overwrites free space (thus making it a safe bet no one's going to be able to ...
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How do I securely erase USB flash drives?

I would like to know if there is a way to securely erase USB flash drives without a chance to recover data from it once it has been erased. I know, that programms like DBAN can be used to securely ...
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Magnet to wipe HDD [duplicate]

This question is for HDD, not SDD. Would a Neodymium magnet like this one be strong enough to wipe the contents of a hard disk drive? How long would such an act take to destroy any data so it's not ...
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Method for securely removing files from a solid state drive

I've thought of a method for securely erasing single files on a solid state drive. This method will work only if the drive is encrypted, and it will work even if someone cracks the encryption key for ...
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How reliable is the method of overwriting deleted files with large files? [duplicate]

In addition to the question posted regarding purging data without formatting and the ability to recover data with forensic tools, how reliable is the method regarding overwriting with large file sets? ...
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Is there a risk that file shredders and free space wipers steal our confidential data?

I was wondering how secure are the file shredding software and free space wipers? Lets say we are using PC Windows, and software CCleaner (from piriform) or File Shredder (found here) to securely ...
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Secure file deletion vs wiping free space

Say I only wanted to delete specific files and want to feel confident they can't be recovered. Is it better to use a specific program (such as Eraser) for wiping only the files, or is it better to ...
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Why didn't OSes securely delete files right from the beginning? And why do they still not do this?

After decades of hearing that "delete" does not really make the data impossible to recover, I have to ask WHY the OS was not corrected long ago to do what it should have been doing all along? What is ...
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What's a good secure file deleter

I've used cipher \w which is built into Windows to overwrite free space but I'm looking for a tool that securely deletes files which have not been deleted yet. It would be a plus (but certainly not ...
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Deleted files and their traces

Lets say we delete various files , from hard disk A, with shift - delete , windows 8 . Then we copy new files to the same hard disk A. Then those new files we just copied there to hard disk A, we ...
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What full-disk secure erase solutions exist for SSDs (OS X)? [duplicate]

I want to back up the contents of my Macbook before encrypting it, but after I'm done, I would like to sanitize the SSD that I have backed up my files to, since it will be unencrypted (no point ...
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I forgot to shred a file before deleting it (on Windows). How do I shred that part of file system now where the file was located?

My company has a policy that files have to be shredded after they've been read. They provide with a tool shred.exe that I run on the file and it overwrites it with garbage in the file system before ...
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Writing file shredder

I want to write a simple file shredder in c++, i.e. a program that deletes a file so that it is not recoverable. Would the following be a secure and correct way to do that? (1) Open the file with ...
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Wiping a computer of personal information while keeping the operating system intact

I have a unique situation but will try form this as a generally applicable Q&A: I must leave my Operating System intact, but completely wipe my information from the computer. How can I do this? ...
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Ensure data doesn't linger after being deleted

I'm trying to make a service that keeps as little data on its users as possible. To that end, I want to make sure that someone using forensic tools won't gain any more information than I would by ...
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How to avoid local caches when I open encrypted files

For personal usage I tend to keep things that I want to hide or protect in rar archives encrypted and protected with a password. Today I launched an antivirus scan, and as result it found malware in a ...
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Why does UNIX `shred` command rename files to 000, then 00, then 0 before deleting?

I was using shred to get rid of some files and I noticed that it did the following: shred: 0000: renamed to 000 shred: 000: renamed to 00 shred: 00: renamed to 0 Does anyone know what's the point ...
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Apple's Keychain - good security?

This management system runs under a user's password. Should you let this software manage your Disk Utility encrypted folder passwords and the like (e.g. GnuPG!)? My thoughts are, "No." Why should ...
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Is a file shredder/secure erase necessary when you have full disk encryption turned on?

The password manager that I use has instructions to migrate to a new file format: Export existing passwords to a temporary text file Change password manager to new format Import passwords from ...
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Does microwaving a hard drive erase it?

Kind of a silly question, but I'm genuinely curious: (in part because I recently saw several questions that refer to "nuking" a hard drive...) what would a microwave DO to an HDD? Would it erase data ...
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How long is the information on Facebook stored? [closed]

I was wondering how long Facebook stores our photos and posts? I hear two theories, one saying it is around half a year, after which all the data centers are going to erase our data. The other one ...
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What is the risk of data being recovered from SAN storage after logical deletion?

The specific scenario involves Linux servers on VMware hosts with SAN storage. If files containing sensitive data are deleted by Linux, can they be recovered by a low level tool similar to what might ...
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What is the security value of chattr +s?

Most modern Linux file systems support extended attributes. +s is secure deletion which ensures (at least intends) that the data in a file is overwritten with zeros when the file is deleted. Some ...
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Disk Erasing Security - Odd Number of Writes

As one can find in the Disk Utility/Erase/Security Options section, there are two options for erasing disks securely - zero out 7 times or zero out 35 times. Where these numbers come from?
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What is the difference between ATA Secure Erase and Security Erase? How can I ensure they worked?

I'd like to wipe a stack of drives (spinning and SSD) securely. I'm familiar with the ATA Secure Erase (SE) command via hdparm, but I'm not sure if I should use the Security Erase (SE+) command ...
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Secure erase iOS devices

All iOS devices from the iPhone 3GS have a hardware encryption chip, right? When you erase an iOS device with the "Erase All Content and Settings" menu item or via Remote Wipe the encryption keys are ...
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What method of secure erase is sufficient for MacBook Pro SSD Drives? [duplicate]

I would like to securely erase the hard drive of a SSD in a MacBook Pro. The Disk Utility does not give me the option to wipe this drive even when I boot into the System Partition. (it is greyed out)...
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How can I reliably erase all information on a hard drive?

As storage technologies change over time, using different encodings and remappings to deal with sector errors, the best way to permanently erase/wipe/shred data changes also. Methods for flash drives ...
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Would the theory of creating tons of duplicates of a small file, 'wipe' the hard drive?

Mentioned here: https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-5521 I was just curious if this would really work. It makes sense to me. As long as they don't do reverse forensics on the bits on the hard ...
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Overwriting disk with random data vs. encrypted zeros

Most disk encryption guides recommend to overwrite the disk with random data before encryption, this is discussed here. However the time this takes with the "standard" source of random data can be ...
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“Encrypt and wipe” procedure on Android Lollipop?

I know a lot of people are advocating an "encrypt and wipe" procedure for selling used Android phones. But according to the AOSP website, in Android 5.x Lollipop: Created fast encryption, which ...
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Should universal delete, or “the right to be forgotten”, be an extension to OpenID Connect “signout” or authentication in general?

There are different levels of maturity various OpenID connect implementations may have. One of the optional features is the session management and sign out feature. Now that this has finally ...