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Hypothetically Speaking-

If someone was too have downloaded a bunch of stuff off of a file share and wants to erase 100% of the evidence, what would be the best way to do so?
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Dump it into the trash and do a Secure Empty Trash, I think that should do it...
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Thanks. That was fast. Any idea how many times the data is overwritten?
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Also, can this secure empty trash be done for items deleted earlier or is it only for what is in the trash currently?
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Secure can't be redone for stuff already deleted, just current
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How do I permanently remove files I only trashed earlier?
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If they were trashed and trash empied, they are gone
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It's incerdible it's that easy. What is the point of apps such as CleanSweep?
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You do have one small concern thou. If this is a file server you are using for temporary storage. Make sure IT is not backing up the server, during the time of usage. Because if there is a back up, you know what that means.

I have worked at major aerospace company in the past. Where an employee was downloading porn onto the company file server. Since I don't regular look for files of that nature. I was surprise to find how many back up tape that contained the downloaded files.

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Great story. No, I'm only on a network. There's no fileserver and the folder in question was not made available.

Thanks rman.
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Yikes and Im pretty sure that if you deleted just a regular delete it is still there somewhere, but Im not real sure on that one. Otherwise there would be no reason for secure empty trash....
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That's my concern. I'll look into it and let you know what I discover.
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I believe that Apple, added another level of security to meet the government standards. With the security problem with M$, Apple is working to obtain more government business.

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I'm sorry, I'm new to this. What does that mean to me.
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I am sorry, that is why the secure erase option was added.

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