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Soft4Boost Secure Eraser review

An effective and compact app, Soft4Boost Secure Eraser overwrites unwanted files from your computer so thoroughly that they cannot be accessed again. If you are looking for a reliable method to completely destroy files and folders, this is the app for you.

Pros

Potent: Soft4Boost Secure Eraser works in a similar way to taking a pen and scribbling out something on paper; the deleting process overwrites information, so that any attempt of reconstruction is no longer possible. We tested the app by deleting a few files and folders, and everything was deleted quickly and completely.

Customizable: The program lets you … Read more

Review: Remo Privacy Cleaner for Mac provides tools to wipe away excess or invasive files

Remo Privacy Cleaner for Mac is designed to wipe away excess files from your Internet browsing history, protecting your privacy. It does this by actively scanning for files you don't need, cookies that have long since expired, and other deposits made on your computer that could be a potential privacy breach in the future. It also helps you clean up the junk from apps, browsing history, trash files, and more to keep your Mac clean.

After installation, there are a couple of additional steps before Remo Privacy Cleaner is fully ready to use. Once it is ready to use, … Read more

Review: Active@ KillDisk deletes your files and folders quickly, securely, & permanently

Active@ KillDisk gives you a fast, easy way to delete your files and folders for good if you're getting rid of your hard drive. While it's not as advanced as some other permanent deletion programs, it offers enough bonus features to keep you interested. The professional, welcoming look earns it a few extra points.

Active@ KillDisk lets you take another pass at your deleted files and unallocated disk space to make sure your deleted files stay deleted if someone tries to recover them. The program scans your disk automatically and gives you a hierarchical view of what's … Read more

Review: Clean your tracks with Privacy Eraser

Cybertron's Privacy Eraser shareware reinforces your online privacy by cleaning private data from your PC. With the click of a button, it removes browsing tracks and personal data, cleans Windows caches, and deletes temporary files. It offers several security methods for overwriting files, including a user-defined Custom Method. Privacy Eraser 8.86 is free to try for 15 days and costs $29.95. While it seems to offer a lot, we just weren't sold on this product, which seems a bit dated. We've found freeware that does nearly as much.

Privacy Eraser's compact dialog-style interface is … Read more

California gives teens an 'eraser button' to hide online skeletons

Teenagers in California worried that their online posts might jeopardize their future opportunities have gained a measure of recourse in the form of an online "eraser button."

Legislation signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown will require Web sites, apps, and online services geared toward minors to offer, by 2015, the option of removing information posted by minors should they request it. The motivation behind the law to prevent young adults from being haunted by youthful indiscretions.

"Children and teens often self-reveal before they self-reflect and may post sensitive personal information about themselves -- and about others -- … Read more

Review: Permanent Eraser implements the Gutmann Method for data removal

While the built-in Empty Trash function on a Mac provides a strong level of security, Permanent Eraser for Mac uses the Gutmann encryption method, which is five times more powerful, to accomplish the most secure removal of information from your system.

Downloading and installing Permanent Eraser for Mac takes a couple of seconds. Simply drag the app to your Applications folder and double-click on its icon to start it, instantly. There's not really a user interface, but the app will pop up a warning window asking you if you're sure you want to erase the contents of your … Read more

How to clear all your Android app caches with App Cache Cleaner

The apps on your Android device typically use a cache to improve performance. Over time, the cache for certain apps can grow quite large. Clearing the app cache can free up precious space and sometimes resolve problems you might be having with the app.

To clear the cache, you normally go to the Android app manager, click on the app from the list, then tap on "Clear cache." If you want to clear the cache for all your apps, you have to repeat this procedure for every single app, unless you use a cache cleaner like App Cache … Read more

Q&A: MacFixIt Answers

MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which I answer Mac-related questions e-mailed in by our readers.

This week, readers asked about how to batch-edit files to add missing file extensions so they can be read in an applicable program, the options for adding more space to a MacBook Pro system with fixed flash memory, and the possibilities for secure-erasing e-mail messages from within Apple's Mail program.

I welcome contributions from readers, so if you have any suggestions or alternative approaches to these problems, please post them in the comments!

Question: Batch-addition of file extensions to unreadable files. MacFixIt reader … Read more

How to securely erase a BlackBerry 10 device

Let's face it: BlackBerry 10 isn't going to be for everyone. There are going to be people who have purchased a Z10 only to find out it's not the device for them, and some people might find that they prefer the Q10, which launches soon.

As such, you're going to want to securely wipe all of your information from the device. With just a few taps you'll be able to secure your data, ensuring it doesn't end up in the wrong hands.

Before wiping your device, it's a good idea to use BlackBerry LinkRead more

Tidy up your Android phone before putting it on the block

There are a lot of tempting reasons to upgrade your phone these days. In fact, here are five of them. But what do you do with your old phone?

Well, you could turn it into a dedicated media player, or perhaps recycle it. But why not try to sell it?

Selling your old Android phone can be an easy way to make a little money. But before you let it go, you'll want to make sure you've backed up any important information and deleted any trace of your personal data. So let's walk through the process.

The … Read more