In this day and age where people get arrested for leeching WiFi
, you never really want to keep incriminating evidence on your hard drive. The 1337 hacker will keep his/her nose clean by keeping incriminating tools or software on a remote server. But let's face it, I don't always feel like logging onto my server (which is not always reliant) and get lazy and eventually keep my own tools right on my hard drive. Shit, I am so damn lazy that my desktop has a folder named "utilities." So what happens when you are about to get caught and need to erase your hard drive? Well, short of using thermite
to incinerate your hard drive, you may want to look into some other shredding options. For some info on how the FBI recovers data on your computer, take a look here
. In short, be paranoid, be wary, but be careful, but don't think that just because you passworded your windows XP login that you can keep out nosy feds.