Privacy is an issue that is not taken seriously enough.Today, using the right tools, anyone can get into your computer, know what you’ve been doing in the last few hours and use that information against you. Here are 5 tips to leave no trace on a computer after use:
1) DNS Cache – Internet Pages
Each time you load a webpage in your browser, Windows passes the request to a DNS server to translate the domain name to an IP address. To save time, the system uses cache separately. It goes without saying that this information can be easily removed.
If someone opens the DNS cache, for example, using DNSDataView, you know what pages you visit most often. To delete them, you can use the same utility or enter ipconfig / flushdns in the command line. CCleaner can also do this from the section of the system (DNS cache), but the box is unchecked by default.
2. Drives – USB Flash Drives and Connected Devices
To remove these tracks, you can use USBOblivion, a portable tool that scans the registry of the identifiers of removable storage devices and removes them.
3. Flash and Java cache
Web browsers cache is limited to web pages and images. Web applications created with Flash and Java are not affected by cleaning the cache, because the files are stored in the cache plugins. CCleaner can remove both, but if you prefer to have more control over what they have to erase each time. In Flash, go to Control Panel and check the contents.
4. File (pagefile.sys)
The paging file, also known as swap or swap file, is used as virtual memory on the PC, when there is not enough RAM for some tasks. As a result, sensitive data is exchanged. In this article, Microsoft explains how to clean the file Pagefile.sys every time you logout.
You must open the Registry Editor (regedit.exe) and change the value of this key ClearPageFileAtShutdown:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SYSTEM CurrentControlSet Control Session Manager Memory Management
REG_DWORD value should be 1. So you can be sure that no passwords or other data on the exchange.
5. Remove Metadata
Metadata is the ID of a file. They may contain information about the author, when the document was created or where the editing took place. It is useful for some, but dangerous for others to use that information.
And the last two tips to leave no trace on a PC after use.
Deleted files – fully
When you delete a file from the trash can it is not removed completely.
To delete the files with a total guarantee of irreversibility, which have to be deleted beyond recovery. Use the proper tools such as Undelete360 and the like are effective.
When creating or modifying a file, the system takes notes. Therefore, the date of creation, modification and last access the document, leads to life thereof. Change the file modification date if possible using Timestomp
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