Depending on the sensitiveness of the data you need to get rid of, sending them to the Recycle Bin may not be the best of options. Soft4Boost Secure Eraser offers you a variety of erasing methods and secure erase standards that guarantee that no existing data recovery tool will be capable of retrieving them in any meaningful way. This includes documents, apps, anti-virus tools, media files, etc.
With support for both individual files and folders, this free file shredding tool can make your data disappear for good by overwriting it up to 35 times using the Peter Gutmann method. Overwriting data is probably the only way of truly destroying any possibility of data recovery. It is not until the sectors occupied by that file or folder are overwritten at least once with different data that we can consider them lost forever. This is the basis of all the shredding methods offered by this tool – overwriting. For less sensitive information you can use the 1-pass simple overwrite method, which is certainly faster and still provides enough certainly that those files are now irrecoverable. As the importance of your data rises, you can move up the scale to 2 passes (GOST method), 3 passes (DoD and the British HMG data destruction standards), 7 passes (Bruce Schneier, DoD, the Canadian RCMP TSSIT OPS-II, and VSITR sanitizing standards), and to the definitive Peter Gutmann method with 35 overwrite passes.
Regardless of which sanitizing method you choose, rest assured that no app will be able to bring those files and folders back to life – once Soft4Boost Secure Eraser has overwritten it, it’s gone. The program’s interface couldn’t be easier to use. You won’t need to be an expert in computer security to shred your sensitive information in just a few simple steps – select the files and/or folders, select the overwriting method, and click on the “Start Erasing!” button. You can cancel the erasing process at any time, though chances are that whatever data has already been overwritten is gone for good. Soft4Boost Secure Eraser is a 100% free tool with no limitations, unrequested toolbars or unwanted apps. There is no reason not to have this useful tool installed on our computer.
- Shreds files and complete folders
- Secure overwriting methods from 1 to 35 passes
- Support for popular secure erase standards
- Selectable skins
- No significant drawbacks found