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Switching laptops and clearing the trail

 6:45 pm on Apr 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

About to give my notebook to a family member and get myself a higher specs new one.. I intend to clear all files, cache, cookies and firefox browser AdSense extension...

Short of formatting and reinstalling everything (too busy to do it), anything else needs be done?



 6:49 pm on Apr 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

Does this family member reside in the same house?


 6:50 pm on Apr 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

Create a new system user account? (If you're using Windows, I think this is possible, on OS X, Linux etc. it certainly is).

Deleting the Firefox installation (and all user files) and installing the latest version (different UA string) could also help, at least in peace-of-mind terms.


 6:52 pm on Apr 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

Bit ot?

But only you know whats on it and where?
Delete everything you stored and worked on.

In IE or whatever browser clear the passwords, autofill, history, etc.

Then run some erasing software that cleans the cluster tips, and the freespace by overwriting with ones and zeros a few times.

Remove all email and mail server settings, as well as any connections, dial ups, and your favourites and the recent documents lists.

Thats about it!

[edited by: jatar_k at 7:01 pm (utc) on April 10, 2006]


 7:02 pm on Apr 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

hal12b: no, a different house

zCat: Thanks, a different account didn't occur to me, and removing firefox is a good idea

Nitrous: On topic I think as we need to tread carefully with AdSense


 3:09 am on Apr 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

delete your profile on that machine too.


 5:18 am on Apr 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

Passwords and form info are often stored in the registry and can be retrieved and decrypted with a special tool freely available on the net.

And BCWipe is a good secure erase tool, which allows wiping of free space and specified files.


 5:27 am on Apr 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

Holy crap, the more you investigate anything related to computer security, the scarier it gets.


 8:38 am on Apr 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

Surely a fresh install is going to be quicker than messing around trying to cover your tracks?

Not that it would help if the recipient really wanted to get to your data, of course...


 10:12 pm on Apr 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

Going to say the same thing. Just format it. Its way easier than dealing with the details.


 2:59 pm on Apr 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

format it and let they install new OS themselves.
you can be sure they find time :)

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