I do not have plans to purchase another computer - with 6 currently in the house, I can't justify needing another (I previously cleaned up and donated two but I'm at the point where three of the computers are just too old and slow to donate - I use two of the three almost daily but I wouldn't feel right saddling someone with a 120MHz or 533MHz computer). Anyway, I still am interested in reading about the MACs. Not only are they very eye-appealing but I perceive them as safer. It may just be because the numbers are too low that it isn't worthwhile to target them. Now to get to the point of this rambling post. I read this just now and will post just in case you weren't aware of this rolanj, steelerfan and teacher...the three newest Apple users.
On a Mac, what is the difference between “Empty Trash” and “Secure Empty Trash”?A. Choosing the “Empty Trash” option under your Mac’s Finder menu tells the computer to delete the files you have dumped in the bin, but it still may be possible to retrieve them by using a data-recovery program or hard-disk utility software. The information itself is still lurking on your drive until other data overwrites it.When you choose the “Secure Empty Trash” menu option, Mac OS X deletes the files in your Trash, and then overwrites them with garbage data to erase their existence from the hard drive. Dumping the trash by the secure method takes longer, especially if you have a lot of large files to discard, but it is intended to make sure those files are permanently wiped from the hard drive.
If you are as paranoid as me about keeping deleted data unrecoverable (I use eraser instead of delete), you may want to use secure empty trash.
Edited by zlim, 03 August 2006 - 10:02 AM.