December 3, 2008
Shred and secure-delete: tools for wiping files, partitions and disks in GNU/Linux
I carry a small, laminated card indicating my subscription to the IUSP (International Union of the Super Paranoid, tin hat division). Well, you canÃ¢â¬â¢t be too careful. After all, we live in a dangerous world and computers are just an extension of that. After youÃ¢â¬â¢ve installed the right operating systemÃ¢â¬âGNU/Linux, of courseÃ¢â¬âsecure browsers, rootkit and virus scanners, you might just start to feel secureÃ¢â¬âand smug. DonÃ¢â¬â¢t be. Until you have understood and mastered some of these GNU core utilities to securely delete, shred and wipe files, directories, partitions and whole disks youÃ¢â¬â¢re not in the clear. Why not?