I am sure that many of you watched the Casey Anthony trial with keen interest. I was particularly interested in some of the computer forensic conversations and I think you should be interested as well. There is even talk that Casey’s mother may face perjury charges for testimony inconsistent with her deposition testimony. And this is all over who typed into Google “How to make chloroform?”.

How many random things do we all do on the internet? How many things would you be embarrassed to have come out that you searched, researched, or viewed on the internet? Once you have “deleted” this stuff it should be gone, right? So, I spent time looking at women on Maxim.com, so what. Well, could that be used against me later to show that I am some kind of pervert? Your damn right it can. Lawyers are evil and they will use any bit of information they can against you. More on this topic later.

In addition to protecting your life and business from hackers and thieves, Security Beacon is also about protecting yourself from false accusations based on seemingly “Irrefutable evidence”.   When you delete something in your computer, often is not really deleted unless you use some helpful tools to really be sure its gone.  As a best practice Security Beacon recommends:

  1. Configure your anti-virus to run nightly
  2. Install Piriform’s CCleaner (Download here) and Heidi’s Eraser (Download here) to clear your computer
  3. Configure these “Cleaning” tools to clear the deleted space using 3 or more passes of the data on the disk
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