So i'm new to alot of this, however I have been a bit paranoid here and there about which data of mine the goverment gets, and what it's watching. I have some questions, I have on my computer Evidence Eliminator, my father had bought it some years back, for one reason or another; and shared his license with me. I've never quite been confident in the program, and as i've read a recent thread here, it does seem to be relatively destructive. However, is it effective in removing sensitive data, that could be recovered by forensic means? does it cover all the bases, I know i've seen some screwed up things now, and even scarier is i learned they still could be hidden somewhere deep in my computer, i've never known how to test how effective my security programs were working. So what is the reletive best in terms of effectiveness for file shredding and system washing, encrypting your computer and making sure that even the most determined of people can't bring that stuff back? Also, which is the best form of encryption, I do use Truecrypt and I use on a container usually Serpent - Aes - Twofish, can it get any better then that? Thanks for the help, i'm such a newbie when it comes down to it, just want to be safe than sorry.