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    Setting for "Securely Empty Trash" ?
    I just switched from a MBP to a new iMac. On my MBP when I clicked the icon to empty the trash the confirmation window that came up indicated I was "Securely Emptying The Trash", as opposed to the window on my new iMac that simple confirms that you want to empty the trash - the difference being if you securely empty the trash it makes recovery of the stuff you dumped a lot harder or maybe even impossible. I speak with very little authority on this issue - so, how do you turn on the "Securely Empty The Trash" function? THX

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    Finder > Preferences > Advanced > check the box marked "Empty Trash Securely"
    Last edited by caribiner23; 04-07-2014 at 03:23 PM.

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    You can also press & hold the "command" key.

    - Press the command key & you get "Secure Erase"
    - Don't press the command key & you get the "regular" empty trash

    * Nick
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    The option I posted makes Secure Empty the default action. I modified the post to indicate checking the box to make it sticky.

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    Not sure I would want "secure empty trash" on 100% of the time. There's always the possibility something is erased accidentally...and it may want to be recovered.

    But that's just me. Certainly depends on the user & the environment the computer is located.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Secure Empty Trash is great - if you are a Crimean spy!
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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