Something I know I can always count on from Security Fix readers is that when I flub something, I'll hear about it from them. So let me apologize to those faithful readers who took umbrage at my advice for Mac users on tools they can download to help them securely erase data from their hard drives.
First of all, I'll be the first to admit I'm no Mac expert -- keeping up with Windows security issues is a full-time job in itself. Growing up, the first two computers our family had were Apples, but I admit I haven't worked on a Mac in a long time. That's not an excuse, just a fact.
In response to reader feedback, I have promised to post links -- where applicable -- to Mac and Linux software tools and patches, and I will continue to do that. But obviously, I want to do it right, so please keep the feedback coming, and by all means please let me know if you've got a beef with any of my advice or commentary.
As one reader pointed out, the tool I mentioned in that post doesn't work on Mac OS X Tiger, Apple's latest operating system upgrade. What's more, Tiger also includes "Secure Erase" utility that not only deletes files but writes meaningless data over the deleted file, much like the Secure Empty Trash option on Mac OS X Panther. There is also a secure file zapping tool called Permanent Eraser available from Apple's site.
For the record, I use mainly Windows machines and Linux (specifically, various "live cd" distributions, such as Knoppix and Auditor) for my daily activities. Still, I'm considering getting a Mac so that I can familiarize myself more fully with today's offerings from Apple.
Alternatively, I may try another approach. Mac OS X runs on a different set of computer guts than those that power Microsoft Windows PCs, so it's not possible to install the operating system on a PC designed for Windows use. That is, unless you use something like PearPC, an open source (read: free) program that you can use to run OS X on a machine built for Windows.
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