Review free portable file wiping utility WipeFile

WipeFile is a free secure data eraser to get rid of files and folders beyond recovery, if you want to be sure that nobody will be able to recover those embarrassing pictures and confidential data simply browse and select the folder through WipeFile interface choose your favourite data overwriting pattern and you are done.

WipeFile is one of the most uncomplicated file wiping utilities I have ever used, even the data wiping method is easily done through a drop down menu.

WipeFile supports 14 different data wipe methods, including the standard US Department of Defence for erasing data which should be enough for your needs. Even if a state sponsored agency with great resources attempts to recover those personal files securely wiped seven times there will be nothing they can do.

If you just want to make sure your files can not be recovered by a co-worker using the single pass file overwriting method will be enough and quicker than the others. For most users I would advise a single data wiping pass to stop noisy people, three data wiping passes to stop data recovery software and seven data wiping passes to stop an opponent with many resources at their disposal (i.e. staff,money) from recovering your private data.

WipeFile 14 different data shredding options

      • WipeFile – Low (x1): One single data overwriting pass for speed and low security users.
      • Zero (x1): Zeroing of the data, it writes the character (0x00) once all over the deleted file or folder.
      • Random (x1): Single data shredding pass using a random pattern.
      • Random & Zero (x2): First it overwrites once the file using a random pattern, then it writes the character  (0x00)all over it, this is a good method to verify that the data has really been overwritten on top, using a Hex editor you can then look into it and make sure that there is a (0x00) all over, if there is something else it means it was not wiped on that specific HDD sector.
      • Zero & Random (x2): First zeroing of the file once by writting the character (0x00) on it, a second random pattern data wiping pass follows.
      • Wipe – Default (x2): Two data wiping passes using WipeFile method.
      • MS Cipher (x3): Three data wiping passes using the MS Cipher (Microsoft DOS cipher command), this method is quite good to erase data residing on NTFS formatted hard disks.
      • USN- MFM (x3): Three data wiping passes using USN -MFM.
      • USN – MLL (x3): Three data wiping passes using USN – MLL.
      • DoD/USAF (x3): Three data wiping passes using the Department of Defense standard for the US AirForce algorithm.
      • Bit Toggle (x4): This method will overwrite the target data area four times, first with the value (0x00), then with the value (0xff), then (0x00), then (0xff).
      • WipeFile – Secure (x4): Overwriting of the data four times using the default WipeFile method.
      • NATO – Standard (x7): Seven times data overwritting using the NATO standard algorithm, secure enough to stop even the Chinese police from recovering your erased files.
      • Peter Guttman (x35): Thirty five times data wiping for the truly paranoid with lots of time on their hands.
WipeFile data wiping methods

WipeFile data wiping methods

This free file shredder software is also tiny in size (340Kb) and portable since it does not require installation, it can be run from a USB thumb drive and it contains no ads, the default language is German, you can change this by going to Extras > Sprache/Language.

WipeFile integrates tightly with Windows Explorer you can use it through the context menu.

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