How to Wipe encrypted files?
Windows Office is able to encrypt file to protect data, but when you forget the password to the encrypted file and you have to share your computer with others, simple deletion of this file is not safe when it come can be easily recovered by free data recovery programs.
To wipe encrypted file is the best option of protecting private files. Here’s the guide on how to encrypt file and how to wipe it.
1. Open a Word file (or Excel, PowerPoint file) and click Save As, then type a different name for this file to save. Or just press F12 to save this as another name. (We are making a copy of this file as a backup, cause when we starts to erase this file with the about to mention steps, the file won't be recovered).
2. Under the Info tab, there’re 3 sections to display the file’s info: Protect Workbook, Check for Issues and Manage Versions. We click Protect Workbook.
3. Then we click Encrypt with Password (Require a password to open this document) and then type and confirm the password. Now you need to type the password to open this file.
2. Wipe this file
1. Download ByebyeData Eraser Free Edition, install in and Run as administrator.
2. Click Erase files and folders, then click the Add file button to add the encrypted file.
3. Choose a wiping method for this file, the default Zero filling method is fast and enough to test this function. Then click Erase Now and confirm Yes to erase.