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Does running “rm -P /path/to/file” secure erase file from a data forensic perspective when used on spinning disk?

According to man rm: Overwrite regular files before deleting them. Files are overwritten three times, first with the byte pattern 0xff, then 0x00, and then 0xff again, before they are deleted. How ...
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Reccomended way to securely erase SSD storage of a smartphone? [duplicate]

As far as what I understand there are different approaches and I have a few doubts regarding each of them: On the one hand, it seems that factory reset does not securely erase itself data from SSD ...
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secure deletion in virtual machines [duplicate]

when we securely delete a volume in a machine which is installed in a virtual machine or docker, for example by overwriting 7 times or more, we securely delete the data in virtual disk (in guest) and ...
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How to ensure that information deleted from external hard drive cannot be recovered after being sold? [duplicate]

I've finished migrating data from several drives on to one newer disk. The older drives were a mix of old mechanical drives, thumb (flash) drives, and SSDs. Now I will dispose of the worthless drives ...
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Storage media byte state from shelf and after different formatting algorithms

We are told to erase (overwrite) sensitive files, not only simply "delete" it (i.e. only remove the information where it exists). For the moment being, I'd like to focus on the following and ...
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Erase device history on a Mac [migrated]

I've seen multiple software tools for erasing any history of external devices on Windows -- USBDeview, and USB Oblivion, in particular. In other words, after using this software, there is no way to ...
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Do external harddrives keep track of the computers they're plugged in to?

I know that it's possible for a computer to set up logging or auditing, and keep track of what devices are plugged into IT. But do external harddrives keep track of what computers THEY are ever ...
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How do I destroy references to wiped files?

I partially wiped my hard drive using the null-fill method through command prompt by copying a 1 Gigabyte file filled with NULL over and over until I ran out of space. After that I tried recovering ...
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Deleted files still detectable with Wondershare RecoverIt

Basically I have a few files / folders that I want permanently deleted. I deleted them securely with hardwipe, but when I try to search into the folder where they were located with Wondershare ...
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Is Eraser secure and efficient?

I have come across a file eraser called Eraser, and I have two questions about it: Are file erasers sufficient for completely removing secure files/folders on a computer (meaning is it possible, in ...
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Can File Shredder shred just one file? [closed]

Can File Shredder be used to purge specifically Temporary Internet Files rather than the whole disk? Is there any option to just shred the Temporary Internet Files, and nothing else? Is this a good ...
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Erasing hard drives (HDD & SSD) for donation

I'm planning to donate a laptop to a school, for kids to use from home during the pandemic. It's my previous work/development laptop, so I want to erase the drives as securely as possible (within ...
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What information do ISPs delete after retention period?

Whenever I read something like "ISPs store your data" or "ISPs delete your data after 6 months" or anything like that, I imagine data to be the following things: (1) At what time I ...
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Can I completely wipe an SSD using encryption?

My system drive on my dekstop is a Sandisk SSD, with default encryption through Bitlocker not enabled. My PC doesn't have a TPM. I want to completely wipe the SSD data in order to make it ...
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Wiping a hard large hard drive efficiently but securely step by step

I want to sell my old 4TB Hard Drive. Of course I want no one to steal my data. Overwriting the whole drive with zeros with dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda would take about 18h. But I cannot reboot my PC ...
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Still able to recover files after running cipher.exe on windows 7

After running cipher.exe on my entire C: drive, I'm still able to recover deleted files using recuva. In fact, doing a before and after, I see no discernible difference in the files that are able to ...
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How to secure file delete/wipe on mobile phones?

With old HDD to secure delete a file you need to use Gutmann standard, but with new HDD you can use only 1 pass overwrite I'm not sure what hard drives mobile phones use and don't know how many passes ...
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Using an example to comprehend why “safely” erasing a drive yields better results than filling it up with meaningless data

A hypothetical 1GB USB stick is full of sensitive documents/images/etc. and it is not encrypted. The owner wishes to discard it and is aware of having to safely erase it first. There are several tools ...
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Destroying data on storage drives via overwrite methods really doesn't work?

I'm going to sell a computer hard drive on the Internet, it's a 500GB SATA hard drive, I really used it 3 or 2 years ago, I never used it again, I used about 20 or 40% of the space. I have read about ...
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What’s the best way to permanently delete data from your iPhone?

As the title suggests what’s the best way to permanently delete data from an iPhone. I know when you delete something, it’s not really deleted, but merely marked as ‘free space’. So how, on an iPhone, ...
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At what point is deleted data irrecoverable?

From reading around on the internet I get the impression that barring physical damage, deleted data can be always be recovered using sophisticated digital forensics. For this reason the advice is ...
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Secure deletion on Android

My understanding is if I delete photo001.jpg, this deletes the index and assigns it to the free space to be overwritten. So this brings me onto my next scenarios. If I have a device capable of 8gb ...
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How to verify secure erasure of Android and Apple mobile devices

I'm aware of how to securely sanitise and verify the sanitisation of data from both HDDs and SSDs, but mobile phones complicate this due to being there a lot of proprietary layers standing between the ...
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Parted Magic Secure Erase Verification Level

I've been experimenting with the latest Parted Magic Secure Erase to wipe HDDs and SSDs. After the Secure Erase completes, I noticed in the logs that the verification level is 10%. Excerpt from the ...
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Is it possible to delete all traces and files on a mac? [duplicate]

Is it possible to delete all traces and files on a mac, so no one can recover files and there will be no traces at all for this files or any activity?
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Can the photos/videos I deleted a year ago can still be on my iPhone or on the Internet?

I have been getting paranoid lately and decided to ask for your insight on this issue. A year ago, I took photos of some personal information (cc, passport, etc), and deleted them a month later, along ...
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Does crypto shredding count as deletion in regards to CCPA?

I have a compliance question around crypto shredding and CCPA. I'm basically just wondering if crypto shredding is sufficient to comply with the CCPA customer deletion requests. I know that crypto ...
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Benefit of remote wipe when the drive is encrypted?

How much is "remote wipe" beneficial for company data protection on company laptops, assuming that the storage is encrypted? I understand it so that only determined, targeting attackers are ...
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Permanently erasing a file

As far as I know, there is a table of files present in the hard drive that does not contain the data of each file but can point you to it. When you delete a file, the record of it gets deleted from ...
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Detect use a private key by more than one or by someone other than the owner [closed]

I'm designing a protocol over the SSL but I faced a challenge. In the network each user takes a private key from authority. I want to just the owner can use his/her the private key. there are two ...
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How to make information unrecoverable?

I manage a company's equipment and the manager has used a piece of equipment for the last 3 years. He told me, that he will give that equipment to one of the employees. However, he has told me to ...
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Fetching GPG private key from Linux server to decrypt files on a Win 10 computer in production

I have a need to fetch automatically the GPG private key from a Linux server to decrypt files on a Windows 10 computer in production. There are a few challenges here: How to assure SCP from the ...
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How to determine start and end bytes of LUKS header?

How can I determine the exact start byte and exact end byte of a LUKS header on a block storage device? I use Linux Unified Key Setup (LUKS) for Full Disk Encryption (FDE), so all of the data on my ...
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How to securely erase the free space on an SSD in windows 10?

I would like to wipe ALL free space on my SSD which Windows 10 is installed on, so that no previously deleted file can be recovered. How can I achieve this?
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Preventing data remanence at filesystem / OS level

We all know that deleting a file from your computer does not really erase it, but only marks as free the memory where the file was written, so that, until such memory is not overwritten, the file can ...
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Is it sufficient to use a hard disk magnet to corrupt/erase floppy data?

I would like to make data, in many (more than 250) old floppies, unreadable/unrecoverable. I have some HDDs that I can take apart. Their magnet is sufficient to do the job to make it unreadable to ...
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How can information be recovered after it has been overwritten (single pass) by a secure deletion program? [duplicate]

We know that information can be retreived after it has been deleted. There are several tools for file "undeletion" (Recuva, FTK, some tools contained in Caine, etc.) I have heard as well, that data ...
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How to detect file or file system tampering

I would like to know if the following is possible: Is it possible to detect a file that has been put into my file system using back dating? Are there any trace artifacts left behind which can help to ...
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Can deleting a non-inherited object more than once be exploited for code execution?

When assigning priority for a bug, we had an internal discussion whether in C++ deleting an object more than once can result in code execution if the pointer to object can be corrupted. For the ...
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How to securely delete a file after it was insecurely deleted (in linux)

How can I securely delete/shred a file after I accidentally deleted the file insecurely? Let's say I have Debian Linux installed on a laptop with a 1000T spinning hard disk (so putting aside wear ...
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How to completely destroyed all data from an iPhone before reselling it?

I would wish to know more about how to erase 100% data of a used iPhone. Basically, technician from Apple Store only said “Erase & Clear” within the iPhone setting could do all the work perfectly ...
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How to make an undeletable, hidden file, which persists after formatting an SD card?

My SD card was stolen some weeks ago. I can't know which SD card is mine, because the thief formatted it. As such, I bought a new one. In order to prevent such situations in the future, I thought of ...
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Does renaming and emptying all the content of a file before deletion make it unrecoverable?

When I delete a file, I rename it to new.txt, open the file in a text editor, press Ctrl+A, Backspace, Ctrl+S to delete all the content and save it as an empty file and then Shift+Delete to ...
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How to safely wipe a USB flash drive [duplicate]

I want to wipe all residual data left behind even after a format on a regular 64GB fash drive, the ones someone can scan and recover data. What's the most efficient but quickest way to do this? Any ...
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List of valuable folders for preventing their deletions

I am writing software that has an option to delete all files is a user-specified directory. This is the usual case for software. For example, cpp compiler has an option to delete all previously ...
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How secure is the windows Cipher command?

So in windows CMD, there is the Cipher.exe Command Line tool. Supposedly it will allow you to fully overwrite empty disk space with 0x00 and 0xFF. (with the /w parameter) There is some further ...
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How to protect company sensitive data from being deleted by a user when data is on their computer?

There more than 300 computers and more than 400 users are available. We face two incidents recently when critical users(who has critical data) leave from company.We have deleted their data when they ...
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Can you wipe a USB flash drive so securely that it's impossible to recover deleted files through forensic analysis? [duplicate]

Internal SSD can be wiped with TRIM, but USB sticks are external SSD. They're apparently difficult to wipe securely enough to make forensic analysis of the device impossible. This question has been ...
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Does the destruction of sensitive information limit the choice of hard drives to non-flash based devices?

Working with a non-profit organization,it's common to reuse hard drives that have previously stored highly sensitive information such as medical and financial records. This is primarily driven by cost-...
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Is it possible for the government to recover data from a encrypted ssd (veracrypt) that was wiped

Just as the title states I'm wondering if its possible for the government to recover data from a encrypted ssd that was wiped? Thanks in advance!

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