Re: PRIVACY: MSIExplorer email spy file

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Wed, 12 Mar 1997 12:58:16 -0800 (PST)

> Try doing the compress folders and see if the deleted message text is still
> there. Also remember that your client is configured by default to save a
> copy of all of your outgoing (or sent) mail.
> (and other suggestions...)

There is nothing particularly surprising to a computer scientist that
"deleted" data is not really gone; in fact, that's SOP for almost any
data storage system, including the OS itself, all databases I know of,
and probably many other email programs.

The suggestions given are about as useless against a real enemy (such
as the FBI) as a $5 padlock or a fifth amendment. There are commercial
programs you can buy, like Norton's "wipefile", that claim to do a more
complete job of erasing data from a disk by physically overwriting it
many times with different values, but even these can be overcome by a
sophisticated snoop. The only secure way to erase a hard disk is with
something like thermite.

Lee Daniel Crocker <>