PrivacyScan
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Seek and destroy privacy threats, secure delete history and wipe tracks.   Demo ($14.99)
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PrivacyScan provides protection by scanning your Mac for files that could compromise your privacy and offers multiple levels of shredding to securely erase them from your system. Now available for demo download! Safely and securely destroy Internet files used for tracking your whereabouts such as cache files, browsing history, cookies, flash cookies and temporary files to clean your Mac and save space while stopping snoopers from spying on your system.

With PrivacyScan, you can rest assured that your tracks remain covered, your private information remains private, and deleted
What's New
Version 1.5:
  • PrivacyScan supports cleaning for open windows in supported apps
  • PrivacyScan now alerts users about potential cleaning problems when Chrome Sync is enabled
  • User interface updates and improvements
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.6.6 or later



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ver. 1.x:
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Oak commented on 13 Aug 2013
What is the difference between a copy purchased directly from the Developer and one from the App Store---other than not having to deal with the App Store?
[Version 1.3]

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Securemac replied on 20 Aug 2013
Great question Oak! There is no difference aside from how you get updates to the program. Customers who purchase from the Mac App Store will find updates in the "Updates" tab of the Mac App Store, customers who purchase directly from us can check for updates from within the PrivacyScan menu in the app itself!
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Securemac.com, Inc. (developer) commented on 03 Jul 2013
We've heard the demand.... We're proud to announce a free trial version of PrivacyScan available for immediate download directly from here or our website as well as the ability to purchase on our website as well as the Mac App Store.

Thank you for the kind words and the support for our app. Let us know what you think!
[Version 1.2]


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Rsmacupdate commented on 11 Apr 2013
I was looking at this app and wanted to chime in with others. As a potential purchaser, I would like to see a demo/trial version. I also would like to see a non-Apple AppStore version. I and others don't like Apple or anyone else controlling everything. Sites like MacUpdate are a needed alternative as are developer sites. Finally, a comparison with similar products like NetShred and Cookies would be helpful. The app looks good and these are just some of my thoughts as a potential purchaser.
[Version 1.2]

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Rsmacupdate replied on 11 Apr 2013
A few more thoughts.... I wanted to thank the developer for including Snow Leopard in the range of requirements. A large number of Mac Users have stayed on Snow Leopard (about a third at this point)due to problems introduced with Lion and continued with Mountain Lion like the loss of Rosetta functionality. I also would liek the granularity to see and choose which files are targeted for deletion. Here is a summary as this is longer than I anticipated...

• Add a Demo/Trial
• Show which files are to be deleted
• Allow the user choice in files to be deleted
• Offer purchase apart from the App Store
• Offer as a MU Promo and in a MU Promo bundle
• Offer in other promo bundles too
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rpjb commented on 16 Apr 2012
I'm dying to test and try this new software but I feel a demo version should be available, even if lasts only two days... Can't it be bought elsewhere than at the Aplle store which has its own logics ???

That being said, we desperately need this type of software to protect ourselves from those who spy on us... bravo Nick !
[Version 1.1]

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rpjb replied on 18 Apr 2012
Tested it on 17 April and wrote a review in French (for those who understand :

http://www.securimed.eu/fr/archives/524

It seems the user doesn't "see" what he is actually deleting, I mean which specific cookie, which specific database, which specific LSO... at least I coudn't see that. Also means you don't "see" who planted all this spyware on your browser/hard disk... which is quite frustrating... and you can't select those specific cookies - even tracking cookies - you want to keep and protect... or am I mistaken ?

An awkward feature is that you've got to quit the browser(s) in order to be able to operate the software, which you don't have to do in Cookies (SweetP Productions, Russell Gray).

On the positive side, the appearance is more elaborate than Cookies' with even some sound (useless)... and it seems to remove more items than Cookies does (caches, histories...), which is a good thing.

The ideal software would be a blend of Cookies and Privacyscan, but I think Cookies has more potential and is basically a more clever program even if it lacks some luster as a matter of looks and "communication"...

I would stick with Cookies... but for 9.99 USD (7.99 EUR) why not have some fun ?
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rpjb replied on 20 Apr 2012
Nick - the developer - wrote me this :

Cleaning simply deletes the file from the system, shredding overwrites the file with 1, 7, or 35 passes of random data, as specified in the PrivacyScan Preferences when Secure Shredding is selected for the Threat Removal Settings. With specialized software, files that are simply deleted from the system (and not overwritten) can later be recovered in some cases. Secure Shredding overwrites the file with random data to limit the potential to recover the file data at a later time. Shredding takes longer that simply deleting the file, which can increase the amount of time it takes for PrivacyScan to eliminate detected privacy threats.

There could be many different reasons why PrivacyScan was unable to delete the Firefox Cache. Were you running Firefox while PrivacyScan was cleaning? Try quitting Firefox, opening your Utilities folder and running Disk Utility to Repair Permissions on your Hard Drive, and then restarting your computer once Repair Permissions is complete. Then, run PrivacyScan right away before running any other programs or browsers. If you still encounter problems cleaning the Firefox Cache file, let us know and we can investigate further.

PrivacyScan alerts you to the apps that are running, which you can then locate by clicking the magnifying glass icon. Shutting down a program from within the application itself is the best way to ensure it shuts down properly, and doesn’t cause problems. If you quit your web browsers before running PrivacyScan, you will not see the alert.

I’m not familiar with the Cookies program, so I’m not in the position to make a comparison.

PrivacyScan does not currently offer an option to specify individual cookies to keep or remove. All cookies are removed when they are selected for cleaning with PrivacyScan. Browser cookies are not selected for cleaning by default, and a warning is displayed before cleaning cookies alerting a user that all cookies will be removed.
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Pripyat replied on 02 Jul 2012
The app wipes everything that you select. No user choice involved, no specific technique involved under the hood. It just deletes the files specified.
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EndoLab commented on 04 Apr 2012
No demo, no sale.
[Version 1.1]

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Securemac.com, Inc. (developer) replied on 02 Jul 2013
EndoLab,
Thank you for your feedback! We have created a fully functional free trial version of PrivacyScan now and is available for immediate download. Check the link on here :) Thank you for sharing your feedback! We love to listen!
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Lacwbo commented on 26 Jan 2012
No free trial. No thanks!
[Version 1.0]

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Securemac.com, Inc. (developer) replied on 19 Mar 2012
No free trial, however with Apple's return policy if PrivacyScan doesn't meet your needs you should feel safe shopping on the Mac App Store.
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Securemac.com, Inc. (developer) replied on 02 Jul 2013
Lacwbo,
We've added a free trial version available for immediate download from here! :)
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admitted_apple_freak rated on 16 Jul 2013

[Version 1.2]



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Monkeyjunkey rated on 05 Feb 2012

[Version 1.0]



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mac-guy rated on 25 Jan 2012

[Version 1.0]


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PrivacyScan provides protection by scanning your Mac for files that could compromise your privacy and offers multiple levels of shredding to securely erase them from your system. Now available for demo download! Safely and securely destroy Internet files used for tracking your whereabouts such as cache files, browsing history, cookies, flash cookies and temporary files to clean your Mac and save space while stopping snoopers from spying on your system.

With PrivacyScan, you can rest assured that your tracks remain covered, your private information remains private, and deleted items stay that way. The secure shredding offered within PrivacyScan goes above and beyond United States Department of Defense (DoD) deletion standards by overwriting files with up to 35 passes to ensure complete deletion of sensitive data.


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