PrivacyScan for Mac scans known locations in supported apps and securely disposes of sensitive information that can compromise your privacy. This premium product features file shredding with up to 35 passes and has built-in support for a fair number of Apple, as well as third-party apps. While this app proves speedy and easy to use, it won't completely protect you since no cleaning actions are taken on apps that are not explicitly supported.
When launched for the first time, PrivacyScan for Mac presents you with a setup assistant that walks you through choosing a security level and configuring which types of information should be deleted. The main interface is very minimalistic and to the point. Two modes for deletion are available, the system default, and a secure one in which the deleted data is overwritten up to 35 times. During testing we were asked to close the apps that were to be cleaned. It took us about a second to scan Preview, Finder, and QuickTime and another eight seconds to clean them. The seven-pass shredder on Safari took 14 seconds.
If you're concerned about leaving potentially revealing information on your hard drive, a tool like PrivacyScan for Mac can calm your fears. While the app runs well and performs as expected, its limited app support means that not all sensitive information on your Mac will be removed. Still, for security enthusiasts it's a good to have app.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of PrivacyScan for Mac 1.5.
PrivacyScan protects online and offline privacy by shredding files that can be used to track your web browsing habits and computer usage. PrivacyScan's shred functionality is able to overwrite sensitive data up to 35 times, helping you wipe your tracks to ensure privacy! PrivacyScan works by searching for known applications which leave files on your computer that could lead to privacy concerns. PrivacyScan offers support for a wide range of items, including popular web browsers such as Camino, Chrome, Firefox, Flock, iCab, OmniWeb, Opera, Safari, SeaMonkey, and Shiira, privacy threats presented by Flash Cookies, as well as standard apps such as Finder, Preview, and QuickTime. Once a scan has run its course and privacy threats have been detected, PrivacyScan offers a variety of choices for cleaning -- from a standard quick delete to one of the many secure delete shredding options. Every time you surf the web or use your computer, bits of information are left behind -- information that could compromise your privacy. PrivacyScan provides protection against these threats by scanning your Mac for files containing sensitive information and offering multiple levels of shredding to securely erase them from your system. With PrivacyScan, you can safely and securely destroy these hidden threats -- saving space on your system and keeping your personal information from prying eyes.
What's new in this version:
- Fixed a bug where Firefox items were not appearing in scan results in certain situations
- Improved compatibility with future OS X releases