|Computers house all sorts of personal information—account numbers, addresses and phone numbers, medical and prescription information, tax returns—that you would rather not fall into the wrong hands. So it's important to completely delete sensitive files when the time comes, especially if you're recycling or selling your computer.|
Simply moving sensitive files to the trash can and emptying it isn't good enough. Even if a file name doesn’t show up on the list of available files, the old file data is still there until it is overwritten and others can use a data recovery program to retrieve it.
So what can you do? Follow our six simple steps to safely deleting your data. We've got you covered for both PCs and Macs in our story on Techlicious.