Although we have a couple of minor quibbles about this privacy-protection application, it's by and large a very solid pick. Privacy Shield's tabbed interface is simple to navigate, letting you check or uncheck boxes depending on what areas of your system you want to clean. Similar to most apps in this class, this one can wipe away Web-surfing traces from Internet Explorer. And while it also supports Netscape and AOL, it can't clean up other browsers such as Opera and Firefox. Besides the ability to wipe tracks from common Windows system areas, Privacy Shield supports nearly 40 third-party programs, including popular toolbars, IM apps, media players, and file-sharing clients. You can schedule cleaning sessions and shred files or folders, though the latter feature doesn't let you eradicate data using government-sanctioned algorithms. We'd also wish for a longer trial period than 15 days. But in the final analysis, this utility offers enough protection for the vast majority of everyday users.
Apps to help adjust to daylight saving
This Sunday morning, our clocks spring forward one hour to mark the beginning of daylight saving time. While it might be nice for some to have more light at the end of the day, it can be tough for bodies to adjust to darker mornings. In this Tech Minute, CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports on some ways technology can help ease the transition.