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hello,

i am a bit of the paranoid type. lol!. i used to have a pc and ran evidence eliminator on it and liked it a lot, i dont know if anyone is familiar with that program but it basically lets you wipe your computer(hard drive) clean of what you have been doing during a certain peroid..it does not work on mac though..

so i am wondering if anyone has seen or used anything like this that will work on a mac?

any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! thanks
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G;day and welcome to the forums.

Yes OS X used behind a firewall.
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Are you talking about clearing the computers cache or did it actually erase the free space on the hard drive?

EDIT: I went to the site and it looks like it does a combination of both and includes Browser History. You can Empty your cach and clear your browser history and then use Disc Utility to 1, 7 or 32 pass overwrite the empty space on the drive for security purposes.

I do find THIS page from their site amusing though...


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hey, thanks for the welcome!

baggs, ya i saw that page too? they are really going to extremes to get you to buy huh! im not a terrorist or anything, i work with some clients and have sensitive info/work i'd rather have off my computer and clean of my conscious..

i am not really familiar with the disk utility.. is it as easy as you explained it? if so, i dont mind doing it from time to time... sorry for my ignorance, do you have a link that explains the disk utility a littler better? and how i might perform this cleaning of the hard drive? i have some addons to firefox that wipe the cache and cookies and all that, so thats not really what i' worried about..

thank you for the responses, i appreciate it!
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Disc utility is pretty strait foreword and is part of the OS itself. Open it (it's in the Utilities folder inside the Applications folder), select the hard drive in question, select "ERASE" the select "ERASE FREE SPACE" and choose the option you desire to erase free space (1, 7 or 35 passes) and click "ERASE FREE SPACE", the system does the rest.

Essentially it passes over open space on the drive and randomly writes zeros and ones to that space. The options allow you to choose how many times it will over write the empty space. The 35 pass option is compliant with US Department of Defense (DoD) requirements for computer security. After that, any data is unretrievable from the drive itself. The only safer way to ensure data is unrecoverable is to physically destroy the drive platters.


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I think he's referring to something like MacCleanse?

http://www.koingosw.com/products/maccleanse.php
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Maybe. I'd still trust Disc Utility over that though.

Why pay $20 for a built in capability?


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I think he's referring to something like MacCleanse?

http://www.koingosw.com/products/maccleanse.php
thank you! thats kinda like the EE i used before, it just made what braggs is saying a lot easier for the ignorant like me

baggss, thanks for the details on the disk utility, ive been messing around with it the last hr and am getting a feel for it.. it is pretty straight forward like you said... thank you..

thanks guys!
i just found this forum the other day, there is a lot of great info here!
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