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Shred Files (Simple)

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Shredding (Deleting) Files (“Shred Files” button)


Deleting files using Windows® functionality does not remove the file’s content. It marks the file space as being reusable or places the file in the "recycle bin" (and files emptied from the recycle bin are also recoverable)  QuickCrypto can recover files! See the Data Forensics features. QuickCrypto can also stop already deleted files from being recovered.


It’s similar to putting confidential paper waste into a recycling refuse facility – anyone with a little effort can obtain your personal or company details.


Normally this may prove to be of no real issue. But for confidential files, such as lists of names and addresses of customers, lists of passwords, bank details etc. this can prove to be of high risk, for example, if a laptop is stolen.


It is misleading to think that because the files are 'deleted' they are gone or unrecoverable.


Digital File "Shredding" or "Wiping Files" overwrites the selected files with random data prior to being marked for reuse (i.e. deleted). It is similar to shredding confidential paper waste prior to refuse collection.


Clicking the "Shred Files" button will present a standard common screen that is requesting you select a file (*or many files) that is to be wiped and then deleted.


Browse through the drives and associated folders by clicking on the image path tree displayed and then either ‘double-click’ the chosen file or highlight your selection and click ‘Open’.


(*To select more than one file within a folder hold down the ‘Ctrl’ keyboard key whilst clicking on the file names.)


You will now be asked to confirm that your selected file(s) should be shredded.


WARNING – Shredded files are completely unrecoverable!


Typically you would shred confidential files that you have encrypted (the encrypted version being stored as another file, with the file extension “.qce”). If you are encrypting a file to send across the internet there may be no need to shred the original source file. For any confidential files that should not be viewed by anyone without the relevant Pass Phrase, then shredding of the source file is paramount.


To ensure you don’t overlook this, automatic shredding of the original source file on successful encryption can be set within "Menu>Options>Crypto Options".


QuickCrypto can also shred files that have already been deleted (by normal means) and also shred a drive's free space!