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secure file deletion

Recovery of supposedly erased data from magnetic media is easier than what many people would like to believe. A technique called Magnetic Force Microscopy (MFM) allows any moderately funded opponent to recover the last two or three layers of data written to disk. Wipe repeatedly writes special patterns to the files to be destroyed, using the fsync() call and/or the O_SYNC bit to force disk access.

Wipe can permanently delete data in hard disks and flash drives (caution! several writes can damage solid medias).

This program is useful in anti-forensics and security activities.

Tags: User Interface: Command Line, Role: Program, Scope: scope::utility, security::privacy, Works with: Files

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Architecture Package Size Installed Size Files
alpha (unofficial port) 42.2 kB99.0 kB [list of files]
amd64 42.2 kB94.0 kB [list of files]
arm64 42.3 kB90.0 kB [list of files]
armel 42.2 kB90.0 kB [list of files]
armhf 41.1 kB78.0 kB [list of files]
hppa (unofficial port) 43.1 kB91.0 kB [list of files]
hurd-i386 42.4 kB90.0 kB [list of files]
i386 42.4 kB94.0 kB [list of files]
kfreebsd-amd64 43.0 kB89.0 kB [list of files]
kfreebsd-i386 42.8 kB87.0 kB [list of files]
m68k (unofficial port) 41.3 kB90.0 kB [list of files]
mips 42.2 kB92.0 kB [list of files]
mips64el 42.5 kB97.0 kB [list of files]
mipsel 42.3 kB92.0 kB [list of files]
powerpcspe (unofficial port) 41.8 kB114.0 kB [list of files]
ppc64 (unofficial port) 44.0 kB115.0 kB [list of files]
ppc64el 44.2 kB114.0 kB [list of files]
riscv64 (unofficial port) 40.7 kB83.0 kB [list of files]
s390x 41.8 kB94.0 kB [list of files]
sh4 (unofficial port) 44.9 kB86.0 kB [list of files]
sparc64 (unofficial port) 40.9 kB93.0 kB [list of files]
x32 (unofficial port) 41.6 kB90.0 kB [list of files]