Do you have private Photos and Videos in your Phone or Computer which you don’t wish to share to others? or Have you taken a private video/photo and deleted it, thinking it will be safe from leakage? Well, deleting a file using your device’s normal deletion process will not delete it forever. Yes, that is right, traces of that file will still remain in your memory device and it can be used to restore/recover the original file. A lot of people had suffered from this security leak, even famous personalities, wherein they had their phones or laptop repaired not knowing the dangers ahead. Next thing they know, their privacy has already been invaded. In this post, I will show you how vulnerable your privacy is, and how to protect it.
I made an experiment on this which will prove how vulnerable we all are from privacy intrusion. First I created a small Video file using my Phone’s built-in video camera and then deleted it right after saving. I then took out the memory card and open it with my computer. Normally, the file was not there. I then used the program GetDataBack and looked deep into my memory card. After 5 minutes of scanning the memory device, the deleted file was detected and was already fully recoverable in just a few clicks.
Below are free utilities and software applications that will securely delete your protected data. It is not a complete list however it provides you enough tools to use on different situations.