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Blancco - File Shredder is a very complete file erasing tool. It employs different shredding algorithms to make sure that your files are safely erased and cannot be recovered by file forensic tools. The application can shred your files and folders, but it can also be used to erase your Recycle Bin contents and system files, and free disk space. The latter option is perhaps the most interesting one for me. Wiping or shredding free disk space ensures that files that you might have deleted recently won't be recoverable. This is a task that should be carried out regularly.
You can access all of the application's features from a single, main window. If you want to delete a file, you simply have to add it to the list and choose one of the algorithms. There are three: HMG Infosec, Baseline, DOD 5220.22-M ECE, and US Army. They do in fact sound impressive, and vary in the number of passes that they use. They write junk data on top of your files to prevent them from being recovered.
All in all, although it only offers three shredding algorithms, they are very good and backed by important institutions like the Department of Defense and the US Army. The application looks very professional and it works very well.
- Good shredding algorithms
- Easy to use
- Good interface