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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.
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
The steps for you are of how to securely delete files on Mac are based on different Mac versions. Find out the steps below:
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.
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
5. Drag and then drop the file/s you want to delete
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.
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.
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