I’m so fed up with these CNN fact checkers! This time it’s the “acid wash” bit where everything I try to look up for the first 10 pages of the web are Donald Trump “fact checks”. Who cares what was said? The real thing you are looking for is a fool proof way of dissolving your information where somebody can’t recover it and then use it against you or your family. You are now at the right place.
Destroying a Hard Drive the Correct Way
First of all, in my book “Disappear in 24 Hours”, I discuss that there is only one good way of destroying a hard drive. Boil it for a good while and then put it in the microwave until you start to hear lots of popping noises. Then take a hammer and smash away. Smash it into the smallest pieces you can get it into. Next, find some trash cans or dumpsters around town to throw a few pieces at a time away. I do like the idea of throwing pieces of the boiled, cooked and smashed hard drive into black water but I hate the idea of littering, so don’t do that.
Though I believe my original routine to be quite sufficient, I neglected, in my book to explain that another great strategy before destroying a hard drive is to delete everything and overwrite it. Secondly, the acid idea is not in my book because it is a book based on time efficiency and I doubt the reader would have time or be in a position to shop around town for the chemicals needed. Here is the acid destruction solution:
It takes a mixture of Nitric Acid (HNO3) and Hydrochloric acid (HCL) in a glass container. Heed my warning about the glass container please! Anything left after a couple hours in that solution and you can take those to the next level of smashing and dumping.
The Real Acid Wash of Emails
As far as the acid wash of emails is concerned that would not be a physical process. This is a fabled process according to the usual bloggers but I am quite certain after speaking to some sources that there is a process of actually destroying actual emails and anywhere those emails may have been received or sent from can also be dealt with. This process would require a very skilled individual in an administrative position to go into the system through a “back door” and remove the data. This may be called “acid washing” in a metaphoric sort of way. An example of this is Amazon Kindle. They call it “Kindle” because it is symbolism for a book burning. In this case no real acid is involved. Due to the position it would require along with the risk and skill involved we can extrapolate that it is a very expensive process, as Trump stated in the debate.
So is Hillary in the Clear?
There are only 2 problems with the acid wash method: Screen shots, and hackers. Screen shots are self explanatory. A screen shot taken and kept out of reach is a hard copy. Secondly, if a hacker gets into the email and takes information for himself before the acid wash then the information is still out there. So when it comes to the hacking situation we see, the Clintons still have a problem.
Most of us could never imagine being able to afford an acid wash, so my best advice is to stick with a device that is not traceable and use a pseudonym when communicating. When it comes time to ditch it, follow my original advice from the book “Disappear in 24 Hours”. At Privacy Living we also offer hard drive destruction for our members. For more information on that contact us on the blog.