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How to Securely Erase Private Data

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Crucial Steps You Need To Take Before Typical After-Work Erasing With Eraser

CAUTION: Reading the following steps carelessly could cause you to disable your system and / or lose data you want to keep. So be sure to read them carefully.

Previous Step: Encrypt Registry or Erase, Then Disable MRUs

Encrypt Browser Sessions / Tabs or Erase Them, Then Disable or Uninstall Session Saver

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Firefox

If your browser has ever saved sessions / tabs when it crashed, you've set it to save them, or have installed an extension or plugin that saves them, encrypt them if you want to keep them, or erase them, then disable or uninstall the session / tabs saver.

(if startup option/preference is or was set to ''Show my windows and tabs from last time.'')

In Firefox's profile folder:

sessionstore.js
sessionstore.js.moztmp

Other private files you should also encrypt or erase if you've downloaded or read private data in Firefox:

Session Manager Extension for Firefox

In Firefox's profile folder:

Tab Mix Plus Extension for Firefox

In Firefox's profile folder:

session.rdf

extEMM Extension for Firefox

In Firefox's profile folder:

Opera

In Opera's profile folder:

autosave.win (in the ''sessions'' folder)

Safari 3 (after June 11, 2007)

Bookmarks: A Way to Save Sessions and Tabs in Safari 3

Safari Session Plugins

Camino

Encrypt or Erase Private RSS Feeds and/or Podcasts

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Wizz RSS Extension for Firefox

If you've downloaded private RSS feeds and/or podcasts, encrypt or erase them.

In Firefox's profile folder:

LastRead.txt (in ''wizzrss'' folder)



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