Publishished: Febuary 25th 2011
Which Privacy Software Will Completly Erase All Your internet History, Instant Messaging Chat Logs, Video Activity and Recently Opened Documents the Best?
By, Joe Harmin
Did you know with privacy software you can completly clear all you internet acivity with with the click of a button? In fact, with good privacy software you can clear all your internet history, internet search history, recently opened files, instant messanger records, and all your video history from media players... Some of this software works so well, it can make it look like you were never on that computer at all.. And.. All it takes is the one click of the mouse.
Seems to good to be true? Well, that's what we thought. So we had our editors spend the last 2 weeks testing differnet types of privacy software to find out which one works best. Here's how what we did it...
Our Testing Method:
To test out the different programs, we wanted to simulate what a real user would have on their computer. To do this we used a 3 computers with different operating systems (windows Vista, Windows XP and Mac OS). We put known search history on each PC for all 4 major internet browsers, video history (only 3 video players here, chat records - with five different instant messenger programs. We also had plenty of different types of recently opened files and videos - as well as worked on files, such as excel and word documents. This way our test systems would look similar to what your system might look like before cleaning it, plus a little more just to make sure.
Our results were quite disappointing. Many of the programs we tested were not able to remove the stuff that claimed they could. Some programs were do bad they only went as far as to remove the basic search history from only a few of the browsers we used. Not good. If you do decide to get privacy software, make sure you do not use anything without a good reputation.
However, all was not lost. We did find some software that was able to remove everything we had on our test system. These programs were able to remove all of our search history - from all 4 major internet browsers, chat records from all 5 top instant messengers, video history from the Windows and Mac files and the video player's history and they also effectively removed all our recently viewed files as well. Thus making it nearly impossible for anyone to know what we were doing on that computer. And, the top program did all of this in less than a minute. If you want to be completely sure nobody knows about your on and offline activity, these are the programs to use