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How to Securely Delete Files on Mac?

By Wian LJ, Last updated: March 20, 2019

If you are looking for ways of how to securely delete files on Mac, then this post is for you. Read along to find out how you can remove it permanently.

No one likes to have their personal information seen and accessed by anyone else. This certainly invades our privacy and security. However, data and other files are easily shared publicly and can be stolen at any time. This is why we use a lot of protection on our devices to ensure that everything is intact and nothing gets stolen.

Another reason to permanently delete files on Mac is if you are planning to sell it to someone else. You wouldn’t like to share your own personal data with someone you don’t personally know, right? So before you put it up for sale, be sure to completely remove all the traces of files inside the device.

Part 1. How to Securely Delete Files on Mac Forever via A Tool

It could be a dreading task to delete the files on your Mac every now and then. What’s worse is that it doesn’t even guarantee that the files are permanently removed. This is the most worrying part actually, the fear of getting it back. 

We will give you the most effective method to securely delete files on Mac without the fear of retrieving the files again. All you need is a program that will do the task for you in no time.

Download and install FoneDog Mac Cleaner which will permanently delete all the files without any traces. FoneDog Mac Cleaner has many functions which will help you get rid of vulnerable files, clean up log files, speed up the performance, and lets you do more things.

1. Launch FoneDog Mac Cleaner

2. Choose ToolKit

3. Find and select FileManager

4. Click the Crush File button

5. Drag files to the screen and click Crush

6. Wait until the process is complete
File Manager

You can do this step when you have saved and used confidential information that needed to be removed right after.

When you delete files on Mac and other iOS devices such as iPhone, the information stays hidden inside the hard drive until the data is overwritten. Meaning, they are not completely gone. These data can even be taken against you in case it can be recovered.

This means, your personal information is susceptible to identity theft.
So is there a way to securely delete files on Mac forever? Don’t worry; we’ll give you more options on how to securely delete files on Mac that no one can still recover, ever!

The steps for you are of how to securely delete files on Mac are based on different Mac versions. Find out the steps below:

Part 2. How to Manually Erase Files on Mac

This is the basic way to delete the files from Mac. You can do this on a regular or weekly basis to also speed-up Mac’s performance.

1. On the keyboard, hold down the ‘Control’ key

2. Click on the ‘Trash’ icon

3. Press “Command” on OS X Yosemite/higher. You can press “Control” or “Option” instead

4. Click the “Secure Empty Trash”

However, this does not guarantee that the files are gone forever. For sure, there will be traces of the codes that can still be used to retrieve the information.
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Part 3. Securely Delete Files on El Capitan and Higher

For the recent Mac OS, it seemed that the trash can was removed or better yet “hidden”. Follow these steps on how to launch the trash can and delete important files.

1. Open Launch Pad

2. Open Other Folder

3. Find and click Terminal

4. Type in srm –v (add space after the v, srm means ‘secure remove’)

5. Drag and then drop the file/s you want to delete

Part 4. Securely Delete Files on MacOS Sierra

When Apple launched the MacOS Sierra, it has removed the secure remove option, terminal, and the trash can. Instead, you need to install an app shredder to delete all the files. There are 2 popular shredder options for purchase that effectively removes files: Secure Delete- File Shredder and FileShredder which both sells for $4.99 to download.

You can purchase and download them from the AppStore or you may find other app shredders which you think might delete all the files on Mac securely and effectively.

Part 5. Remove Files Permanently for Older MacOS Versions

For the older versions, it seems pretty easy to securely delete files on Mac. Just simply follow these steps:

1. Open the Finder menu

2. Select "Secure Empty Trash"

That’s it! Doing this will shred the files before they are deleted. Remember that "shredding" means that the files will be overwritten using random code so that if in case it is recovered then the original files will not be decoded.

Confirm Delete Immediately Mac

In today’s generation wherein gadgets and information are very handy, it is very important to keep your personal files confidential and secure. But of course, we cannot do that because the system does not allow us to do it unless the codes are overwritten.

We can manually remove the files itself from any MacOS yet they are still recoverable. Good thing there is a reliable program called FoneDog Mac Cleaner which is a dedicated program with different functionalities.

So do you have vital data stored on your Mac? Use FoneDog Mac Cleaner and securely delete files on Mac in no time and without any stress!

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