Safe Delete

shred -n33 -zx file; rm file
remove file that has sensitive info safely. Overwrites it 33 times with zeros

2009-05-08 19:15:41

What Others Think

shred has a -u flag so that you don't need to do the rm. Also, 33x overwrites is overkill by somewhere from 8-32 times, depending who you ask.
sud0er · 692 weeks and 4 days ago
shred can't guarantee the deletion of data in journaled filesystems.
drifter · 692 weeks and 3 days ago
33 times? That's a new sort of paranoia I've never even heard of.
sirlewk · 692 weeks and 2 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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