While many of us realize we are storing sensitive data on our PCs that
could be dangerous in the wrong hands, few of us relish the thought of
running yet another protection program. Into this void comes CyberScrub
Privacy Suite 4.0, an easy-to-use data protection and erasure program.
CyberScrub erases files and folders from permanent and removable drives.
You can also store personal or sensitive materials in the encrypted
CyberScrub Safe where they will be protected from prying eyes both
locally and over the Internet.
The CyberScrub interface is clean and simple--when you open the program,
it presents you with a Quick Start screen. (You can disable this feature
if you wish.) From this screen, you can perform four operations: wipe
out evidence of Internet-related activities, erase specific files and
folders, erase previously deleted files, or start with the full-featured
Privacy Suite interface.
Close the Quick Start Screen, and you have access to the standard
CyberScrub interface, which includes button options to perform the same
tasks presented in the Quick Start screen, as well as one-click options.
This interface also affords access to the password-protected CyberScrub
CyberScrub’s scheduling feature lets you automate important erasure
tasks, and the program uses the latest erasure protocols to ensure total
and permanent removal of desired data. Overall, it’s a handy little
tool. However, we have two gripes. First, you cannot easily select
specific files to exclude from erasure. Second, given its elemental
interface, CyberScrub will appeal to novice users. As such, more
detailed explanations of the importance and consequences of file
erasure, plus an automated setup wizard or tutorial, would be nice.