There's a that supposedly fulfills this function, but it's name doesn't strike me as the most adequate, since the first thing I was asking was "wiping what?". I'm thinking there are better terms like secure-deletion or data-deletion, since they are self-explanatory and actually more discoverable.

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“Wiping” is a commonly-used name. The tag name on Security Stack Exchange is destruction. This may not be the most discoverable name for non-professionals though. We can define synonyms.

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    Full ack. We might introduce secure-deletion as synonym for those not familiar with the term "wipe". "Destruction" sounds too, hm, destructive ;)
    – Izzy Mod
    Sep 21, 2014 at 23:01

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