CyberScrub security products are purchased and deployed by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Department of the Interior and Defense, the United Nations and Fortune 100 companies... a testament to this powerful technology that is available to home users.
You'll see from the supporting articles at the end that pressing 'delete', emptying the Recycle Bin or even formatting the drive doesn't get rid of files. The digital information still remains on the drive we are using, known as data remanence.
When we delete, it's simply the pathway to the file(s) that's removed and the data itself is reserved for overwriting with new content.
There are programs that can recreate this deleted data from the different hidden locations on the HDD (hard disk drive) or from the swap file... and there are third parties who make a business out of recovering and trading our data by undeleting information from our disks using this type of recovery software.
It is imperative that data on our PC is permanently deleted to avoid identity theft malware, crackers or snoops from recovering our personal information... and CyberScrub does the job perfectly!
The first two are ideal to automatically run on your computer at specified intervals and to delete specific areas of data. The third, cyberCide, is a bootable program that completely erases the hard drive.
I have tested these disk wipe programs using recovery software to ensure deletion has occurred beyond recovery. I use Phoenix Data Recovery, which operates on both Windows and Mac systems, which can be downloaded and used to scan for free, so you'll be able to do the same.
I personally use CyberScrub Security because it has an external drive wipe function.
Let's take a look at the three of them...
The Privacy Suite Panel shows you a summary of the areas it will scan and overwrite...
By double clicking on each item, you'll see the files that the software will be searching for and erasing. Take for instance, double clicking on Windows, you'll see the areas of deletion...
By clicking on 'Advanced Options' and then 'Erase Actions' you can choose your wipe options, such as 'free space' and 'file slack'...
and by clicking on 'Security Level' you can choose the number of passes for deletion on a sliding scale from quick wiping with one pass (stops recovery by software but not hardware), DOD wiping with 3 passes(stops recovery by software and hardware), DOD Enhanced 7 passes, to Gutman destruction (but a very slow process)...
The program has a Risk Monitor which alerts you automatically when your privacy is at risk. It will notify you when...
Shadow Copies, which are virtual "snapshots" of all user activity and files, pose a particular cause for concern. Many competing products are unable to delete the Volume Shadow Copy, whereas Privacy Suite not only erases original files, but also the associated Shadow Copies that compromise your security and privacy.
CyberScrub Privacy Suite can be run in stealth mode, so nobody-else will be aware it is running.
It has all the functionality of the Privacy Suite, which is shown on the front panel above as 'Privacy Guard'. Plus it has...
Because the 'Erase Deleted Data' can take up to 6 hours to run, depending on the number of wipes/passes you select, I'd advise you to use the scheduler to run this function overnight when you are not using your PC!
I wouldn't bother to schedule the other functions as the Risk Monitor assesses what needs doing and will tell you when to run the other functions
There are various business attributes included, such as meeting document life-cycle policies for HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, FACTA and GLB.
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This software has been designed for strict compliance with corporate/government file retention and hard drive erasure policies. It provides essential protection for Health Care (HIPAA), Corporate (Sarbanes-Oxley, FACTA) and Financial Regulatory Compliance for data destruction. It is recommended for disk sanitization by the EPA and other government agencies.
It operates by creating a bootable CD or DVD on a separate computer to the target computer which is to be sanitized. You can read more about this process at, cyberCide Boot from CD/DVD
There are no commercial or black-market file retrieval products that have been known to retrieve a file after this process.--New York Times
You'll be able to have a practice run with the software, but to carry out the full data destruction, you will need to buy a license