preferred overwrite method

phkhgh

Member
Using Eraser ver 5.86a 32 bit (5.86.1), in XP SP3.

Noticed in help file says default method overwriting files is Gutman 35 passes. On my install, default is Pseudo random 1 pass.
Also a new method (to me) - Schneier's 7 pass. I find nothing in help file about this method.

I'm not trying to prevent the eff bee eye from recovering data - just very securely erasing confidential data in case my computer is stolen or hacked. The Gutman 35 passes seems very slow unless just erasing a few files.

Any suggestions in this newer ver of Eraser which method / # passes to use so that most skilled hackers couldn't recover any data? Especially when erasing unused disk space?

On another note, I don't store any important passwords, etc. on my PC, even encrypted in something like Pass Word Safe.
BUT... when I log into my bank acct, for instance, are there ways / prgms to keep typed login info, etc., from being stored somewhere (not sure where), or knowing where such data might be stored so it could be erased?

Maybe this isn't even an issue?

Thanks.
 

Overwriter

Active Member
Hi

I'm not trying to prevent the eff bee eye from recovering data - just very securely erasing confidential data in case my computer is stolen or hacked.
The one pass pseudorandom option will be secure enough for most applications. It will stop all software recovery and on modern hard drives probably stop most other means as well.
 
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