BleachBit - privacy and space cleaner

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Re: BleachBit

#31 Post by guinness » Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:18 pm

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Re: BleachBit - privacy and space cleaner

#32 Post by webfork » Sun Sep 11, 2016 12:28 pm

I was surprised when Bleachbit showed up in the news yesterday. Their site even has it's own "press" tab now: https://www.bleachbit.org/press

I was further surprised when the author of Bleachbit went on the record (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BleachBit) as saying that his program was definitely used to permanently remove information. I've never used it for anything but beyond a basic system cleanup of temp files and I wouldn't use Bleachbit to delete a PST file. Microsoft programs are notorious for not keeping data in one place so zapping just one file is bad security. Additionally, PST deletion isn't even in the default program. You have to take quite a few extra steps:
  1. Go under Preferences - Custom
  2. Navigate to the file
  3. Check the Free Disk Space box towards the bottom of the program list where it gives you a warning that this is going to take a long time.
There are a variety of programs better suited to this task. I'd probably start with Eraser for scheduled wiping (http://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?id=267) or EraserDrop (http://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/ ... f=4&t=5425).

Whatever the case, it's some good advertisement for a great privacy tool.

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