I have a work computer that is being taken away very unexpectedly. I have one day to retrieve some files, but I'm afraid they've already copied them and will use them against me to fire me.
a) The last time I got past my password and did anything with any files was a week ago. I'm agraid they've copied all of my files. There are some VERY sensitive personal correspondances on the computer that I never intended to be read. How can I know, other than that the computer was turn on and they found they couldn't get past my password, that they didn't do anything else yesterday (like an administrator came in yesterday and copied them).
b) I know that it's real easy to get a file back once it's been deleted. In fact, someone told me that even if you run a disc format, a file can be retrieved (which I find hard to believe!) My problem is that I cannot reformat the entire drive. But I do need to completely erase all traces of any files so that one of those file retrieving programs could never get them. What can I do? I'm almost thinking that if I put all of the files in a folder, then somehow corrupted them with a virus or something that would not spread to the rest of the computer, they'd be impossible to retrieve in their full capacity. What are your suggestions?