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Method for Wiping Objects

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000127652D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Sep-07
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Sep-07
Document File: 1 page(s) / 24K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a way to completely erase objects and files, including their replicas and remnants, at the operating system and/or subsystem level. Essentially, this disclosure extends the delete, erase, and close functions that already exist by adding to them an optional "wiping" function that writes 0s and 1s, or some other character of the user's choice, over the locations where elements of the objects and files existed.

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Method for Wiping Objects

Similar to how today one can invoke Edit --> Delete or push a delete button that erases a file, this invention describes a new control that can be called "wipe" or some equivalent term. But, the idea is that where "delete" in most cases simply removes a pointer to the file, "wipe" would remove the pointer and write 0's and 1's over the tracks on the hard file where the object resides, and, most importantly, it would do the same wherever replicas of the object resided, and do the same for related elements of the object, such as attachments to an e-mail. This is commonly referred to as a "government" wipe. It should also be noted that the file system objects used by the operating system to keep track of the file (directory entry, file attributes, etc., and unused space in the disk storage allocation units) are wiped as well.

There are various ways and means to implement Object Wipe. But, keys to this are that there be one or more Graphical User Interface (GUI) controls for it such as Edit --> Wipe, a Wipe button, and a new control in browsers, pop-ups, and dialogue boxes where that "X" is to close the window, that can be invoked so the system wipes the contents upon close. For example, add a "W" next to the "X." Another way can be through a configuration menu at the system, application, or subsystem level that sets defaults for wiping (e.g., 0's, 1's, or something else, and the number of times to do it), and/or may simply replace the stand...