Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
When erasing files on your Mac (or any computer for that matter), trashing a file only removes the pointers to the file(s) on the hard drive. The file is still there, and intact. If you want to completely erase the file, then a secure erase is your only option: After removing the file pointers, the secure erase will randomly write data over top of the erased file to reduce the possibility of the file being read in the future. Continue reading and we’ll show you how to use the srm command to securely remove files form your Mac in the Terminal.