What you probably don't know is when you remove a file on your system, it is actually still saved, and not entirely removed. Let me tell you how to get rid of it completely.
When you delete a file it is not removed entirely from your drive and can be recovered.
Not many know this, especially outside the hacking community, which is a major benefit if you ask me, as it comes as a good plus for me if I want to recover something on my friends PC that I know he recently deleted because he was émbarrassed or whatever the case may be.
Let's get to it.
It's saved because of how the operating systems nowadays work. When you download a file or create one, the OS creates a pointer to that file so it can access it much faster. When you then delete that file the OS removes that pointer, and doesn't remove the file itself, because if it did, a major speed difference would occur to the OS. And it's much easier for the OS to simply delete the file.
To actually delete it completely, you need t overwrite the file. A guy whose name I can't remember invented a secure way of doing this by literally overwriting a file 35 times, imagine the hard work you would have to do to recover it.
Don't even bother, because after the file has been overwritten 3 times it's already pointless to try. Overwriting it once is useful, but not as secure if you do it at least 3 times.
You actually want to delete the stolen government documents on your drive, because you are afraid feds are catching up? All right, i'll tell you.
There are a few software that deletes the file completely, and even an entire disk if you really are in deep.
A simple tool that offers you to delete your browser history, cookies and files you want gone forever.
- Moo0 File Shredder (my favorite)
I like this one because it offers 4 right to the point ways of deleting your files.
- Shred Once (useful)
- Extra Careful (more secure)
- Into Ashes (very secure)
- Vaporize (good luck mate)
I like number four because it's got a funny name, and it's so secure that it's in a way unnecessary because Into Ashes does the job just fine.
- DOWNLOAD DBAN
DBAN is a very secure way to wipe your entire disk, especially if you just completed hacking sensitive russian documents.
Again CCleaner offers you to wipe your entire disk, however many would find DBAN easier and faster to use, plus it's pretty secure.
For Linux it's a different process, as it can be done in Kali Linux.
Now that you know this, hurry and wipe your sensitive information before the feds bust in your door :)