I’ve been using a freeware file & folder shredder for a while. Every once in a while, I need to delete a electronic file that has personal information in it, such as a purchase receipt or perhaps old tax information.
Rather than just delete the file, I want to totally wipe it from the drive, similar in concept to shredding a paper file so that it can not be recovered.
The tool I’ve been using has been one of the many freeware programs from Moo0, which is a group of Japanese developers. Moo0 FileShredder (Free) is easy to use, too. Just start the program, and then drag-and-drop the file(s) and folder(s) that you want to shred into Moo0 FileShredder’s Drop Box.
Moo0 FileShredder also lets you select the method for the shredding. Shred Once is the least rigorous method, while Vaporize is the most rigorous (and takes the longest amount of time, of course).
Below the method selector is another interesting option "Detailed Description > >". It’s actually much more than a detailed description.
As you can see below, you can select the destruction method that you want to use, and Moo0 FileShredder will tell you how it will do the shredding.
It also includes the Drop Box in that screen. In other words, it’s not just a description — it’s a working window that will let you shred files and folders.
While the program is free for non-business use, they ask for a donation if you use the program for business use. The recommended donation is 1 Euro per computer, which is a very, very reasonable amount. At 12 August 2012, 1 Euro is equivalent to 1.23 U.S. Dollars. Donations are made via Paypal.
For those of you using VIPRE Internet Security, there’s a file & folder shredder built into it. Activating it adds an option to the right-click Context Menu. I like Moo0 File Shredder for this function because I can’t trigger it by accident, as well as having multiple shredding options.