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Here’s How To Ensure You Delete Files Permanently

Here’s How To Ensure You Delete Files Permanently

When you delete a file on your computer you simple click delete and place it in the trash or recycle bin, right? Wrong!

This standard approach may appear as if the file has been completely deleted from your system but that isn’t always the case. Thankfully this comprehensive infographic shows you exactly how you can ensure your files are deleted permanently.

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The risks of not permanently deleting files

Whether its passwords, email or bank details, the chances are that your computer contains countless amounts of highly sensitive information.

Imagine if you sold your computer on eBay. Before you shipped it off to its new owner you’d probably drop and drag all of your files into the recycling bin, so that the new owner didn’t have access to your personal information. Unfortunately this approach doesn’t mean that your files are really deleted.

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The last thing you want is this information getting into the wrong hands, so it is essential that you know how to permanently delete your files.

What actually happens when you delete your files?

When you delete files using the process outlined above what happens is that the links to your data are removed but the information is simply placed in a new directory on your hard drive.

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The amount of data that still exists largely depends on the computer and operating system you are using. Consequently if you have deleted sensitive information recently it’s worth having a closer look on your hard drive to see if the files still exist! 

How to permanently delete files

If you are using a Mac permanently deleting files is easy. We have some useful screenshots in the infographic but essentially you need to secure empty trash by selecting the option within the ‘Finder’ menu. You’ll then need to open ‘Disk Utility’ to permanently and securely delete the files.

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If you are using a PC your best option is to download a permanent deletion program. These are easy to use and you’ll be able to permanently delete files in a flash.

Don’t worry if you delete a file by mistake. Until your hard drive overwrites the data you should be able to recover the file.

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    Last Updated on May 14, 2019

    8 Replacements for Google Notebook

    8 Replacements for Google Notebook

    Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

    1. Zoho Notebook
      If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
    2. Evernote
      The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
    3. Net Notes
      If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
    4. i-Lighter
      You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
    5. Clipmarks
      For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
    6. UberNote
      If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
    7. iLeonardo
      iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
    8. Zotero
      Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

    I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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    In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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