Secure Erase Files With Blank And Secure

22 Feb/10

It is sometimes necessary to ensure that files cannot be recovered by normal means. This can for instance be important before selling a hard drive on eBay, installing confidential software on a third part computer (and erasing it afterwards) or after downloading stuff on the Internet that you do not want anyone to find out that it ever was on your computer system.

Blank And Secure is a portable software program to securely erase files on a computer system. The program offers several means to do that. The user can drag and drop files into the program area. The files and folders dropped into the interface can then be erased by clicking on the Delete button. The files will be overwritten between one and 35 times.

A weakness of the program, at least from our perspective, is the fact that it will only overwrite the data with nulls. There are no other algorithms implemented.

The program will count down from five before starting the deletion, pressing ESC will cancel the process. The second option offered by the file eraser is to wupe the free space on the hard drive so that files that had been placed there in the past cannot be recovered. This option makes it possible to complete erase the data on a hard drive after a format.

Blank and Secure is an interesting straightforward program. There are alternatives like Eraser which is offered as a portable version and installer. It offers different deletion algorithms which might appeal to some users.

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