Emptying the Trash can on a Mac is one of the earliest things we learn. Drag a file or folder of files to the Trash can. Select Empty Trash from the Finder menu. Quick. Easy. Painless. It’s been that way since way back in the last century so it must be the right way to delete files from a Mac.
Not so fast.
Simply emptying the trash doesn’t really delete files or folders. They’re still on your Mac but subject to being overwritten by new files. The Secure Empty Trash option in the Finder menu does a better job of completely erasing a file so it can’t be recovered, but there is a better way to empty trash and delete files safely.
All you need is Garbage Truck, an inexpensive Mac app which empties trash securely (overwriting files many times), notifies you when trash has been emptied (secure empty takes more time).
Wait. There’s more.
Garbage Truck’s simple preferences give you additional options, including a pop up warning before trash is emptied. There’s also a history of your trash and a schedule of when Garbage Truck empties Trash.
And, of course, the Trash can can be emptied completely in the background according to a set schedule so you never have to worry about deleting Trash files again.
Now, about that emptying schedule. Garbage Truck can securely delete files in the Trash can every x-number of minutes, or at a specific time and day, or even when your Mac wakes up from sleep which means it just runs in the background and does the job. That adds a bit more security to your Mac and keeps private files away from prying eyes.
That’s worth a buck, right?