Re: PRIVACY: MSIExplorer email spy file

schoolbus (
Sat, 15 Mar 1997 20:08:54 -0600

Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:
> > There are numerous utilities which perform a true deletion by
> > overwriting the area released by the file deletion. Norton Utilities for
> > one. Many others can be found in the Simtel archives under Disk
> > Utilities and File Utilities for the platform of your choice.
> All such utilities are snake oil. To rely on them is worse than
> having none at all, because they give you the illusion of security.
> --
> Lee Daniel Crocker <>
> <>

Even the PGP overwriting? I can't remember what it said, but it claims
to be efficient at this. I mean, not like I expect the Feds to come
running in and doing a search on my hard-drive, so I would assume it
would keep most people out of it, correct? I suppose, though, if they
can revive a hard drive that's been tossed in a deep river, and regain
most of the data on it, then they should be able to recover the wiped
data, eh? So, how the hell do you get rid of the data? Smash the hard
drive? Burn it? Is anyone aware of the efficiency of the PGP wipe
compared to other commercial software?