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How to Shred Files: Windows

Shredding Files in Identity Finder permanently removes the files from your computer. You cannot recover shredded files.

Warning: Using Identity Finder to shred email will shred or corrupt your entire mailbox. If confidential data is identified in an email message, to permanently delete the mail message without damaging your mailbox, open your email application (Outlook, Thunderbird, or Eudora), delete the message, then empty the trash and compact your folders. If you are unsure of how to permanently delete select emails, contact your local technical support for guidelines on your specific email application.

Shred Files using Identity Finder

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  1. If necessary, start Identity Finder by double-clicking the icon. icon
  2. To open a saved results file, click the Identity Finder application menu, and then either click Open and browse for the file, or click the file name in the Recent Results list.

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  3. In the scan results file, put a check mark in the box in front of each file you want to shred, and then click Shred. You can shred multiple files at the same time.
    Warnings:
    • You can not undo shredding. Be sure you check your selections carefully.
    • Using Identity Finder to shred email will shred or corrupt your entire mailbox. If confidential data is identified in an email message, to permanently delete the mail message without damaging your mailbox, open your email application (Outlook, Thunderbird, or Eudora), delete the message, then empty the trash and compact your folders. If you are unsure of how to permanently delete select emails, contact your local technical support for guidelines on your specific email application.

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  4. Click Yes.

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  5. Click OK.

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