[v5, v6] Isn’t Eraser only used by criminals?

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[v5, v6] Isn’t Eraser only used by criminals?

Postby Overwriter » Sun Nov 16, 2008 7:00 pm

This accusation is more commonly thrown at encryption software. The usual question is “if you have got nothing to hide then why do you need to encrypt it ?”. Well, the next time you hear that little gem from someone ask to look through the contents of their pockets or bag, when they object ask them what they have to hide !

Eraser is clearly not encryption software but it does suffer from the same irrational allegations of it only being used by criminals in helping destroy evidence against them.

It is true that Eraser could be used by criminals to destroy evidence from a computer hard drive. Should it be banned ? Well if so then you need to also ban computers as the very crime that Eraser is accused of covering up was clearly committed on a computer !

Hard drives are so cheap today that any criminal using a computer to commit a crime would think nothing of physically destroying an inexpensive disk to cover their tracks. Eraser is little use or gain to criminals.

Eraser is however very useful in preventing crime !

When an Eraser user wipes their free space or securely erases a confidential file containing bank details, customer records, credit card details, personal medical records, insurance details, women’s refuge address’s, witness names and address’s, witness statements, passwords, private letters, safe combinations, private diaries, companies unpatented work, voter details, copyrighted material, etc, etc, etc, you get the idea ! That Eraser user is safe in the knowledge that should their computer be stolen the information within the free space is securely overwritten and of no use to the criminal. Hopefully the user employed Axcrypt or Truecrypt to encrypt the live data on their drive prior to the theft.

Until recently when computer security wasn’t as prominent as it is today, people just threw their old hard drives away ! Most didn’t consider criminals would retrieve the drives from the refuse centres and recover the contents looking for useful passwords and numbers etc.

Now more people are aware of this risk they can use Eraser to overwrite the entire contents of the drive prior to disposal rendering it useless to criminals. Actually now that users can feel secure in the knowledge that no data can be recovered from an erased drive they can donate the drive to a friend or charity.

So in conclusion Eraser provides considerably more security to the law abiding public than it does to criminals.
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Re: Isn’t Eraser only used by criminals ?

Postby Carver » Sun Nov 16, 2008 10:53 pm

Overwriter wrote:This accusation is more commonly thrown at encryption software. The usual question is “if you have got nothing to hide then why do you need to encrypt it ?”. Well, the next time you hear that little gem from someone ask to look through the contents of their pockets or bag, when they object ask them what they have to hide !

I have heard the samething said about any security software like Sandboxie that uses Virtualisation to protect your computer and Defencewall which can be configured to protect certan files and folders

Eraser is clearly not encryption software but it does suffer from the same irrational allegations of it only being used by criminals in helping destroy evidence against them.

Eraser is a tool of Privacy, to keep your work files or what you do at work when you should be working like going to a online Casino. You should not do it period, but gambling is hardly illegal.

It is true that Eraser could be used by criminals to destroy evidence from a computer hard drive. Should it be banned ? Well if so then you need to also ban computers as the very crime that Eraser is accused of covering up was clearly committed on a computer !

You can use a image editor to EDIT a picture of a crime, is the image editor illegal...No

Erasing or Overwriting files is a natural process of the computer, when you use a product like Eraser you are just speedingup that Overwriting process.
Encrypting a file to create a Vault to keep your credit card numbers from a hacker is not illegal.
To maintain your Privacy is not illegal, but some people want it to be illegal. Like those people that have something to gain or just like to see other people suffer.
Those people with bad intent can use just about anything to commit a crime, a pen is not illegal. But a pen can be used to Forge a check...which is illegal. It seems to me intent is Paramount in deciding just what is illegal and what is not!!and what is a invasion of someone else's Privacy. So I am in agreement with you.
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Re: [v5, v6] Isn’t Eraser only used by criminals?

Postby loveranger » Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:37 pm

I find it hard to believe these programs could be helping child pornographers with hiding their criminal activity. Shouldn't the people behind Eraser have any moral sense when it comes to this? Programs like Truecrypt and Eraser are really making these type of people untouchable.
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Re: [v5, v6] Isn’t Eraser only used by criminals?

Postby DavidHB » Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:59 am

I've only just seen the previous post, and think that, even though it is old, it should be answered.

Eraser is a tool, and, like any other tool one can think of, it can be used for good and bad purposes. Criminals lock away or hide the evidence of their misdoings; would one on that account attempt to deny everyone the use of locks and hiding places, even if that were feasible? There are many legitimate uses of Eraser, only some of which are listed on its home page.

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