Why should I use a secure shredding method?

Wipe for Maximum Security

Washing and Cleaning your Privacy Items provides a high level of security and should generally be enough to prevent any intruder from breaching your privacy. However, you should note that deleting items alone may not protect your privacy from those who are determined to uncover your personal and sensitive information and are prepared to employ more advanced file recovery methods.

To prevent this Total Privacy offers the most advanced shredding methods available today to ensure that even if the underlying file system does not physically remove all remnants of your files, their contents are effectively inaccessible.

No other privacy software offers as many data destruction algorithms as Total Privacy 5.5.

You can choose to shred your files from any of the most sophisticated data destruction algorithms in existence to be certain that your confidential files, data and information are totally beyond recovery.

Single Pass: The fastest, but least secured of the data destruction algorithms. Your data is overwritten with zeroes in a single pass.

Triple Pass: Triple Pass consists of two complimentary overwriting passes followed by a random pass. This is an extra security measure that should prevent any particular recovery program retrieving your data.

U.S. Standard, DoD 5220.22-M (7 passes): U.S. Department of Defense specifies a seven pass extended character rotation overwrite algorithm in the DoD 5220.22-M specification. This Total Privacy shredding method conforms to these overwriting standards as well as method 'd' of the Cleaning and Sanitation Matrix.

U.S. Navy NAVSO P-5239-26 (RLL) (3 passes): This shredding method conforms to the U.S. Navy standard and uses three passes - one flush, one specifically patterned for RLL and one random.

U.S. Navy NAVSO P-5239-26 (MFM) (3 passes): This shredding method conforms to the U.S. Navy standard and uses three passes - one flush, one specifically patterned for MFM and one random.

U.S. Army AR380-19 (3 passes): AR380-19 is the data destruction level specified and published by the U.S. Army. This procedure calls for 3 overwriting passes, one random and a character with its compliment.

German Standard, VSITR (7 passes): The German standard calls for each sector to be overwritten with three alternating patterns of 00 and FF and in the last pass with AA.

Russian Standard, GOST P50739-95 (7 passes): GOST P50739-95 is the purge required by the Russian Federation. This procedure calls for a single pass of zeroes followed by a single pass of random characters.

Peter Gutman (35 passes): Peter Gutman suggests methods for ensuring that the recovery of data can be made as difficult as possible for an attacker by offering the 35 overwrite pass algorithm. This algorithm is slow, but extremely reliable.

Bruce Schneier (7 passes): The Bruce Schneier method offers a seven pass overwriting algorithm. The first with all ones, the second all with zeroes and then five times with a cryptographically secure pseudo-random sequence.

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