Until now. Enter Better Trash, a nifty neato and handy Mac utility which ads a few much needed features to the Mac’s Trash (Apple seems to have ignored the Trash function for a few decades; truly a one-trick pony which could use a few more tricks).
Trash The Trash
Right-click (or, control-click) on an item in the Mac’s Finder and you get a choice to send the selection to the Trash. It’s called Move To Trash. That’s all it does. That means the Trash can get thick with files and folders so it needs to be emptied from time to time. Click on the Finder in the Menubar and you get another selection– Empty Trash.
What Better Trash does is empty the Trash automatically. Every day, if you like. Or, every week. Or month. Or two months. Or, even better, Better Trash can empty the Mac’s Trash when the can hits a storage limit that you define. 500MB. 1GB. Whatever GB.
What could be easier?
Set the Trash delete frequency. Or, set the auto trash frequency based on storage in the Trash can. Or, if you’re into manual labor, use the pulldown Menubar Menu.
Check out the extra feature.
Emptying the Mac’s Trash can seems simple enough but every now and again there is a file which refuses to be deleted. Enter Force Empty Trash. That takes care of those annoying Mac files which just don’t follow commands to be deleted.
Right below that pull-down menu selection in the Menubar is another option. Secure Delete.
Emptying the Trash can does not actually delete Mac files and folders. Instead, a little flag is turned off so they are no longer visible. A hacker or IT person can use a utility to restore files which the Trash can emptied.
Enter Secure Delete which overwrites those files so they cannot be recovered.
You can choose any files or folders on your computer, even the whole Trash directory to secure delete. The original data will be overwritten before deleting it.
The Secure Delete feature uses the US DOD 7 pass standard to overwrite, it will be more safer than DOD 3 pass standard, more faster than DOD 35 pass standard.
That could be a handy feature to get rid of incriminating files. I wonder if President Trump’s attorney used a Mac?