Takeaway: Deleted data may be more accessible than you think. Here are some ways to keep that data from prying eyes.
It’s a brave new world in this digital era, with more data stored electronically and flowing across the internet than — not too long ago — it would be possible to consume in several lifetimes. For most people, digital is now a way of life — everything from shopping and banking to working, organizing, researching and entertaining is accomplished through an electronic device.
Of course, you don’t want all of your digital information shared with the world. Electronic security is essential, and aside from password protection and encryption, data deletion is a common way to remove information that shouldn’t fall into other hands. But did you know that simply deleting files from your hard drive, or emails and web content through your browser, is not enough to actually get rid of the data? There are tools out there for recovering deleted data at several levels. Some of them, such as forensic computer tools, are used by government and law enforcement agencies for investigation. Others are used by hackers to gain access to sensitive information, resulting in damage and data theft.