How to Hillary Clinton your own computer
Whether you’re a public official involved in some questionable activity or just an average American looking to free up disk space on your computer and safeguard your privacy, here’s one way to eliminate your digital footprint.
When Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was asked earlier this year if she had wiped her email servers, she replied: “What? Like with a cloth or something?”
It was a dumb attempt to play dumb. And now we know a little more about Clinton’s magical transparency-annihilating cloth.
Rep. Trey Gowdy revealed during an interview with Fox this week that Clinton’s team used an open source computer application that so effectively erased some of her State Department emails “even God can’t read them.”
Gowdy said: “She and her lawyers had those emails deleted. And they didn’t just push the delete button; they had them deleted where even God can’t read them. They were using something called BleachBit. You don’t use BleachBit for yoga emails or bridemaids emails. When you’re using BleachBit, it is something you really do not want the world to see.”
BleachBit is a free computer program that is capable of wiping out all kinds of digital data.
BleachBit quickly frees disk space and tirelessly guards your privacy. Free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk you didn’t know was there. Designed for Linux and Windows systems, it wipes clean a thousand applications including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Adobe Flash, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari,and more. Beyond simply deleting files, BleachBit includes advanced features such as shredding files to prevent recovery, wiping free disk space to hide traces of files deleted by other applications, and vacuuming Firefox to make it faster. Better than free, BleachBit is open source.
Privacy experts have noted that an open source program like BleachBit was ideal for Clinton’s needs because the ever-changing nature of the computer code the software uses makes it very difficult for government spies to install backdoor surveillance.
So far, BleachBit hasn’t been subpoenaed in relation to the Clinton email debacle— but its creators are enjoying the free publicity.
“BleachBit is free of charge to use in any environment whether it is personal, commercial, educational or governmental, and the cleaning process is not reversible,” they said.
If you aren’t an actual criminal like Clinton, more practical uses for the program range from cleaning out a computer you’re planning to sell to selectively deleting information that government agencies and corporations use to track your everyday web activity.