By VoidTech Inc.
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Want to securely delete sensitive documents, or quickly erase large files to free up space from your Mac, USB device, or external drive, without having to empty your entire Trash? FileShredder provides a simple solution for shredding any file right away from your computer.
• Right-click (secondary click) on any file or folder and select "Shred" or "Secure Shred" to delete immediately. No app launching is required! (Start the app at least once to enable.)
• Or, drag-and-drop files to the application icon on the dock. Configure in Preferences whether to delete securely or not.
• A counter on the dock icon indicates the number of items remaining for deletion; a sound can be optionally played when done.
• Choose in Preferences one of three algorithms for secure deletion: 1 pass (fastest), 7 DoD-compliant passes, or 35 pass Gutmann deletion (safest).
• Press ⌘Q to abort further deletion.
Note: Please do not use the drag-and-drop method for deleting aliases and symbolic links. The operating system will instruct the app to delete the original files rather than the aliases or links.
Q: What is the difference between Shred and Secure Shred?
A: While both options bypass the Trash to permanently delete files from the Mac, Secure Shred also overwrites the data on the hard drive so that it cannot be recovered whatsoever. Shred deletes much faster since it doesn't overwrite the data on the hard drive, but the files may be recoverable until your computer reuses that space on the hard drive.
• Trash (⌘+delete) = throw items on your trash pile (you can retrieve them if you need them again)
• Shred = shred items in a shredder (to save space, quicker than secure shred, items become harder to recover as time passes, protects against snooping but these items are not highly confidential)
• Secure Shred = shred items in a shredder and then set them on fire
What's New in Version 1.1
- Added a counter to the dock icon indicating the number of items remaining for deletion.
- A few bug fixes including an error when deleting more than several thousand items at a time.
Does a great job completely and permanently deleting files.
This app does what it's supposed to do. Completely removing a file and every aspect of it so it is 100% removed from your system and can't be restored later. This is helpful for many reasons, from having multiple users on a computer, selling a computer, bringing it in for service where people might snoop, what have you. Just back everything up to disc or external hard drive and then permanently delete it from your system with this app. Note, that this app is only used for files and such, not for deleting apps. If you need to delete apps you should look up a different app for that, something like AppCleaner (which I believe is available as a web download), or something else available through the app store would suit your needs in that case.
Great app with 1 minor issue
I bought this app because I’m paranoid about emptying my trash. As sure as I do, I know there will be some document that I needed so, since I have a large hard drive, I tend to keep things in there virtually “forever.” (What can I say? I’m anal retentive I guess.)
However, for things I know I’ll never need again, I wanted to delete them from my drive without having to empty the entire trash. I bought this and it does the job great! When I don’t want something I drag it to the icon in my doc and it chomps away and makes the document disappear. It clears the drive and it’s satisfying to hear the sound. I’m a happy camper.
The only thing I don’t like is if I am “shredding” several documents from a folder that are not “next” to each other (in other words, to select them I have to use option-click rather than shift-click), it will delete them fine, but then it make the finder window look screwy after it’s done it and removes the horizontal scroll bar. It’s easy enough to fix. I shut down the window and reopen it later and the scroll bar is back.
Real minor issue; and if you’re not anal-retentive it probably won’t bother you at all.
Works Smoothly adn Quickly
FileShredder works smoothly and conveniently. It shreds selected, or all, files from the folder where they are filed or from wastebasket. Works very quickly with my solid state drive. No complaints. It may be overkill on an encrypted drive, but I like knowing trashed financial files ate completely gone, even if someone gets hold of my computer account password. When I move a file to a backup drive and put that drive in the safe-deposit box, I want to know that is the only place it is at. I shred paper copies, why would I want to do otherwise with digital copies?