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December 02, 2007

"Tip of the Week" - PC Pitstop Erase

    PC Pitstop Erase

PC Pitstop Erase is a free privacy scanner that shows you information that your PC remembers: web sites you've visited, cookies that can store personal information, and files you have recently viewed or edited. Erase is also a paid tracks cleaner, which removes the sensitive personal data you wish to keep private or information that some can use to steal your identity.

I recently discovered this program which helps to 'erase' personal data stored in my computer saved in Windows.  It even gets rid of the data stored in Windows...even after DELETED...because Windows still saves it.  For me, this type of program is more valuable on my laptop, something which could easily be lost or stolen because it is removed from my office. 

And given lawyers store confidential data on their computers, this is one more program to consider in your arsenal of weapons against cybertheft and insuring your clients' confidentiality.  Although not free ($29,99) I think it is a small price to pay for this type of protection. Check it out.

(I didn't not see a Mac version so if one of you Mac - o - maniacs know of one...please share.)


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Ubu Walker

Why not use the completely free and open-source program Eraser? http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/

If you are concerned about keeping your browser web surfing habits private, use Firefox - which is also free and opensource - all you have to do is click on the tools menu and select "clear private data". Then if you are really paranoid, use eraser to cleanse your unused disk space.

Susan Cartier Liebel

Great input. I will check it out. Thanks.

Larry Brown

Another nice free cleaner is CCleaner that can be downloaded here: http://www.ccleaner.com.

They also have some other very handy free utilities. But I agree, data protection (and deletion) is a valuable tool to have in your arsenal.

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