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Mac OS Leopard Tip Secure Empty Trash Deletes Files Permanently

Geek Tip: Empty Your Trash For Good

Spring cleaning your gadgets isn't confined to just their surfaces — your desktop and hard drive need to be spruced up as well (the better to keep you running, my dear).

And what does everyone do? We throw files into the trash, and then conscientiously empty the trash.

Even after you've emptied the virtual can, though, your deleted files still exist.

Want to get rid of them for good? Then use this feature (for Mac OS X Leopard only): Secure Empty Trash.

Just select Secure Empty Trash from the Finder menu, and when the pop-up asks you to confirm that you want the items in the trash permanently erased, click OK. Poof, they're gone.


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Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
I'm pretty sure this has existed in releases before Leopard. I think it came out with Panther. If you're really serious about truly deleting something for security reasons, I would check this out:
heatherhas heatherhas 8 years
Great tip. Thanks Geek! That will be good for all the old job apps with my social on each page.
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