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Giveaway of the day — Stellar BitRaser for File 2.0

Wipe sensitive files from Windows hard drive to securely sanitize your system!
$39.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 42 (70%) 18 (30%) 11 comments

Stellar BitRaser for File 2.0 was available as a giveaway on August 12, 2019!

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BitRaser for File is a secure data erasure software that supports 17 international trusted data erasure standards. The software also generates a data erasure certificate to ensure compliance as per global audit standards.

Key features:

  • Permanently erases files and folders;
  • Wipes installed applications and system traces including all internet activity;
  • Option to schedule erasure tasks at a later date or time;
  • Option to wipe unused drive space for optimization of the hard disk;
  • Offers 17 different international algorithms for erasure like dod (3/7 pass) and NATO;
  • Generates erasure certificates for audit purposes.

Please note: the offer includes 6-month licence!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1/ 10; Processor: Pentium Class; Memory: 256 MB Minimum; Hard Disk Space: 40 MB of Free Space

Publisher:

Stellar Information Technology

Homepage:

https://www.stellarinfo.com/windows-tools/file-eraser.php

File Size:

17.9 MB

Price:

$39.99

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Meh... I have no use for this software, I still content that if you that worried about "Personal Data", don't use the internet period. That is the only way to be secure.

Reply   |   Comment by Thomas Black  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)
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I see problems with the license and description of this product firstly they DO NOT SELL a 6 month license or a monthly license that could be used to create a 6 month license see https://www.stellarinfo.com/data-erasure/bitraser-file/buy-now.php

Secondly the non-lifetime licenses duration is 1 year and 2 years and those licenses DO NOT "•Generates erasure certificates for audit purposes."

see that buy now page above for comparison matrix which makes that clear.

I see absolutely zero justification for a subscription based license model with this class of product since it requires zero developer or vendor ongoing costs to let the customer continue to use all the facilites in that license model. Since the giveaway does NOT generate erasure certificates is see absolutely no reason to justify the claim in the description or reason to consider this over a product like free and open source https://eraser.heidi.ie/ eraser. Or for whole disk sanitation for reuse Darik's Boot And Nuke bootable utility otherwise known as DBAN. I see no value in making it simple to wipe an entire hard drive within a live windows system it is just asking for malicious vandalisim either by a logged in user locally or remotely via RDP or through an elevated remote code execution exploit..

It's relatively simple to design and print off certificates asserting a certain level of data sanitization has been performed on a particular piece of hardware. Or even certifying its physical destruction and to what extent itt was destroyed. One does not need this software to do that. As there is no certifying body such certificates are authorised against like in the case of digital certificates. They are purely legal statements of fact and legal responsability should data later be leaked that it did not come from this piece of hardware after the certified date of sanitation.

On another peculiarity of the license comparison matrix on the buy now page linked to above is in the $99 lifetime license there apears to be conflicting information... in the summary under the tiny screenshot for it it states "Erase 10 Hard Drives Data Simultaneously" and in the "Special Benefits" "Erase Capability" while the subscription based Home/Pro license models state "Unlimited Files" the lifetime license model states "10 Drives" now one could *assume* that is aligning with the previous summary statement BUT further down in the "Bitraser" sub-section it has a row called:

"Erase Multiple Hard Drive Simultaneously
Erase up to 32 drives simultaneously "

and in that row only the Lifetime license model product has that row marked with the little green dot. So that makes the intial overview claim and this latter different claim apparently conflicting... Why put a lesser value in the summary than what it is capable of? And why put that lesser value where the other license models anounce the restriction on functionality so it implies that the lifetime license model can only erase 10 drives and then it won't do any more which does not make sense!
So what is it really upto 32 drive wipes in paralel or only 10 drive wipes in paralel or on 10 drives wiped then it refuses to wipe any more? And why didn't the vendor spot this ambiguity and sort it out before the website went live?

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#2

BitRaser for File is a file erase or shredder utility that lets you schedule common tasks, e.g. “Internet Activities: Click this tab to erase internet traces of supported browsers.”.

A conventional hard disk, one with data stored on rotating platters, uses read/write heads that float on a cushion of air over the spinning platter(s). While the basic concept is similar to the grooves in a vinyl record, the write heads have a very slight bit of side to side play or wobble, so one *track* may be a bit to the left for example, while overwriting that *track* might be a bit to the right. In theory that portion of the track not overwritten could be read & its data retrieved. Erasing or shredding a file means overwriting that storage area on the platter(s) several times, based on the theory that by making several passes the write head will move all the way to the left, all the way to the right, and everywhere in between, completely overwriting any traces of old data.

While there are all sorts of standards – the ad copy mentions DOD for example – if you Google on disk shredding, it’s apparent not everyone is convinced erasing files is bulletproof. If you’re going to throw out an old hard drive, you can also find plenty of references online that talk about drilling several holes through the drive. And erasing or shredding is useless with SSDs or eMMC storage [eMMC is flash-based storage that’s cheaper than SSDs] – contact the manufacturer or research their docs or just Google based on the make & model of drive to find out how to remove all data, *if* it’s possible.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
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For every modern HDD or SSD storage, a single 1 pass overwrite of the data is enough. 2 passes recommended for USB flash drives and Memory Cards because of the increased probability of failure at first time: example you don't click "remove drive safely" and because of cashing, the drive gets removed before the overwrite happens.
You can find the NIST Guidelines for Media Sanitization from 2014 at https://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/SpecialPublications/NIST.SP.800-88r1.pdf

Overwrite means physical overwrite in all standards, not just NIST. So file-based wiping (like what this software provides) is not suitable for compliance if you have flash storages which use overprovisioning (mostly SSD drives with sizes like 120 GB instead of 128 GB). A ATA Secure Erase or other methods which supported by the drive's firmware must be used for these.

Reply   |   Comment by Name  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Name,

While the link included is correct, won't work [at least for me] unless copy/paste 1st into Notepad, then copy/paste into address bar of browser.

"2 passes recommended for USB flash drives and Memory Cards"
"not suitable for compliance if you have flash storages which use overprovisioning (mostly SSD drives with sizes like 120 GB instead of 128 GB). A ATA Secure Erase or other methods which supported by the drive's firmware must be used for these."

Flash memory in all its common forms -- microSD, USB sticks, eMMC & SSD hard drives etc. -- is a commodity, with some lower cost suppliers & counterfeiters doing a bit of cheating, with electronics designed or programmed to appear to be higher speed &/or capacity. That may make any sort of data clearing uncertain. It's also possible to reprogram control chips to include malware, e.g. if a USB device reports it's a keyboard or mouse, Windows will automatically run software. IMHO it's not a smart move at all to plug in a USB stick or memory card if you didn't unwrap the new packaging yourself. And if the person you might give a USB stick or memory card to is smart & throws it away, why even attempt to clear data -- just throw it out yourself if you don't want it anymore.

That said, many [most?] flash memory devices use wear leveling of some form, may swap out good storage for bad, and data clearing methods built into firmware or in software the manufacturer supplies may or may not conform to standards -- IOW may or may not work. Google to find out based on make/model of drive. RE: erasing, you clear data on a conventional hard disk by overwriting it -- if you do that more than once it's called erasing. Flash memory storage has to be cleared before it can be written to again -- that's why Trim clears storage for deleted files *before* you need to write to that storage. SO deleting a file & running Trim [Optimize in win10] has the same effect as erasing a file on a regular hard disk.

wikipedia[.]org/wiki/Wear_leveling

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

mike, exactly where does one get the idea that in windows 10 there is a seperate TRIM operation that only gets done during the "Optimise in win10"

IF TRIM is supported by the SSD according to industry standards and enabled in Win7 and up then when a file system file or partition delete operation is performed the affected LBA sectors are also flagged as deallocated to the SSD firmware using the IDE extended command TRIM or in SCSI based SSD storage using the Deallocate SCSI command. This is an ongoing operation and any logical sector that is signalled as deallocated (TRIMmed) should ideally return a zero'd sector on subsiquent reads. The actual electrical erasure of the original data will not occour until an entire page of flash memory cells has been marked as dellocated and queued for erasure to avoid unduly wearing out flash memory cells by erasing them before they are needed to be. So it is NOT a secure erasure procedure until the electrical erase has been performed by the flash memory controller chip under firmware control which is not knowable or reported in normal operations.

The secure erase ATA command operates faster on SSD flash memory than on magnetic hard drives as one can Erase Flash memory pages full at a time while magnetic media needs overwriting in a linear fashion at the design bit rates so will take a looong time to complete the operation. Unless the device contains a built in degausing coil that can degause the entire surface of every platter in a couple of rotations. I am not aware of any magnetic hard drive manufacturer incorporating such a secure erase degausing mechanisim into their devices as yet.

One could quite easily devise a small EMP device to take out anything nearby that is not farady caged and mu-metal cage shielded. But personally I prefer just not putting anything that would need to be securely erased, in an instant, under any circumstance on any computer system... but that's just me... I'm weird and not seduced by computers and the rush to put everything onto the cloud in some form and letting AI engines owned by big data companies plow through it all...

Another thought if data is important enough to warrant erasure then its value or the value of it remaining private must exceed the value of the storage media... so why take the risk in attempting to overwrite it sequentially... degause and destroy it and never have to pay the price of unathorised data disclosure, whether that be GDPR based fines or national security secrets getting leaked and costing peoples lives.

Most people do not have vastly valuable data to keep secure at all costs... members of the public that tend to think they do are normally deluded or have illegally obtained data or need to hide illegal activities. Day to day financial and identity information while important to us should be kept secure yes but it certainly does not warrant device destruction when it is highly improbable that an identity thief is going to have the resources of a clean lab and nation state inteligence services teams to interogate their storage chips to find personally identifiable fragments of information. One pass overwriting with NO deletion of files plus another pass of the same file over write to ensure that all over provisioning of flash memory over writing has occoured followed by partition deletion and recreating in an OS and attached by an interface that supports TRIM operation properly will likely wipe all internal flash memory cells and just cost a moderate fraction of the available writes assuming the firmware does not suffer with rampant write amplification bug that some cheaper SSD hardware and firmware does.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Write_amplification

Or one could trust the ATA secure erase command has been implimented properly and roll the dice.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
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