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Old 11-02-2007, 10:05 AM
 
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Is it possible to permanently delete files from your computer? For example, i surf online at work and send personal emails. I delete the cookies and all that, but i know the stuff is in the system somewhere. How do I clean everything up? I found this online....does it work?

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Old 11-02-2007, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Home is where we park it.
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I'd read THEIR privacy policy first: temp2

Then realize that what you did may get you in trouble. Liz
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Old 11-02-2007, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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Is it possible to permanently delete files from your computer? For example, i surf online at work and send personal emails. I delete the cookies and all that, but i know the stuff is in the system somewhere. How do I clean everything up? I found this online....does it work?

The newest technology "Hi-Tech Win System and PC History Cleaner
Run Windows Explorer (Win Key then the E key) and go to to C:\Document And Settings\home folder. Depending on what you have on your computer, sometimes software applications will create temporary files in the temporary folder tree. Also, depending on which web sites you visit, some of them also create files in the temp folders that don't get deleted when you run disk clean-up. Look at the example below; just to be safe, don't delete the sub-folders, just their contents.

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Old 11-02-2007, 12:41 PM
 
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Typically, companies will also monitor and log your browsing information on an external computer. And for getting rid of the logs there, you're out of luck.
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Old 11-02-2007, 12:54 PM
 
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When you delete anything from media, whether that be a hard drive, floppy or usb, you are only deleting the pointer to that file. It is still resident on the media, and can be retrieved using a number of different forensic tools. Even overwriting a file, to include free space and slack space, doesn't mean that some if not all of the file is retrievable. And if your sending from work, depending upon the company that data is backed up, including the emails. They can retreive any and all data and they can retrieve what websites you visited. You will not be able to delete all of that and most major companies configure their systems so that you can not download software without administrator rights. Also you shouldn't have access to the event logs either, if the company has configured the systems approriately. So if your doing something from a company computer, especially if it's something you shouldn't be ..... good luck ....

So no when you delete a file it is not permenantly deleted.
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Old 11-02-2007, 02:30 PM
 
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Typically, companies will also monitor and log your browsing information on an external computer. And for getting rid of the logs there, you're out of luck.
You got it - I know the OP is thinking all the tracking information is on his own computer but that is generally not the case (although sometimes a log file may be hidden away somewhere). Most often when you send out an email or receive one the server handling the communications keeps a copy for the IT police... they may read it, and indeed for most companies they do these days. When it comes to web-browsing typically either your site history is recorded via their server as you pass outside the company firewall and/or there is software installed on your machine which enables the IT police to literally see what is on your screen live (they obviously won't waste time doing this unless they suspect you of doing something or are extremely nosey). Lastly, when it comes to chatting, most companies capture incoming and outgoing messages the same way the email is captured... it is logged on their server somewhere.

The key thing is to not do anything personal on your work computer - just don't. Don't spend time trying to outsmart the IT dept... won't happen. You can delete everything from your HD but via the examples given above that doesn't get rid of the server logs which will persist.
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Old 11-02-2007, 03:58 PM
 
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thanks everyone. i think i would have been fired by now if they really wanted to bug me. it's pathetic how we seriously have no privacy in the US anymore. wire tapping phones, reading emails, surveillance cameras everywhere... a real police state. hhmm....kinda scary, actually.
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Old 11-02-2007, 08:47 PM
 
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Just my 2 cents .... it will only take one person at the company to say something to bring you to their attention. They can always review the data, so if you think you are doing something that you shouldn't be I would suggest you wait till you get to your personal home pc. Companies do this due to the fact it's their assets and they are paying you to work, not to do your own business, play or otherwise. Companies need to protect themselves and their assets from exposure and lawsuits. It seems an individuals work ethic isn't what it use to be since they have access to the internet at work.

I've seen sll sorts of things that people like to do at work over the internet and some of it is very disturbing, some are currently spending time in confinement and others will have difficulty getting the kind of job opportunities that they are qualified for due to their inappropriate activity on a company asset.

Just one of those Company Security IT individuals .....
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Old 11-02-2007, 09:44 PM
 
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Is it possible to permanently delete files from your computer? For example, i surf online at work and send personal emails. I delete the cookies and all that, but i know the stuff is in the system somewhere. How do I clean everything up? I found this online....does it work?

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mbuzu has it right. If you are accessing the Internet through a company server your log files, history, etc are on a server somewhere. Hope you didn't go looking for porn...
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Old 11-02-2007, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Zebulon, NC
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thanks everyone. i think i would have been fired by now if they really wanted to bug me. it's pathetic how we seriously have no privacy in the US anymore. wire tapping phones, reading emails, surveillance cameras everywhere... a real police state. hhmm....kinda scary, actually.
You're expecting privacy when surfing and sending personal emails while at work? You have no expectation of privacy in those cases. You're using company equipment to goof off while on company time. They have every legal right to know what you're doing with company property.

Now if we were talking about your personal computer at home, it would be a different story.
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