Steganos Privacy Suite 18
• Easy to use
• Effectively protects your personal data
• File shredder utility is impressive
• Password manager is faulty
• Customer support is limited
If you’re main requirement is a password manager then look else ware, but if you are after protection for your personal data then Steganos Privacy Suite 18 will serve you well. The software is equipped with useful tools for clear traces from both online and offline applications.
Steganos Privacy Suite can be installed on all Windows computers with a minimum of a Pentium equivalent CPU, 256MB free memory and 200MB storage space. The installation process is straight forward with on screen prompts guiding the user through the process. The software is installed and ready to use in about five minutes.
The software is capable of completely removing all traces of internet-related activities. Steganos can remove browsing traces from all major web browsers excluding Google Chrome. The software has no problems in clearing cookies, instant messaging conversations and traces from most internet applications. Additionally, the clear filters can be customised for each user account connected to the web browser.
Steganos is capable of wiping traces of a number of applications in Windows. It can clear up the recently used files list, temporary files, recycle bin and playback histories from Windows multimedia applications. Also, all Microsoft office application traces can be automatically wiped. The software enhances default Windows privacy settings by ensuring that they are configured correctly to improve privacy. It is important to note that the software struggles to clear up traces from some 3rd party applications so you would need to manually shred them.
The graphical user interface is simple to use and thus it is unlikely for the user to make an accidently delete an important file. The software doesn’t access any critical system files so it is impossible for it to damage your operating system, unless you manually shred an important windows file. The default settings are optimal for novice users as they will ensure that the software is functioning safely to clear personal information without removing important windows files.
Traceless Drive: Steganos has a built-in traceless drive feature which is only functional in Firefox and Opera. When the tool is activated, a traceless drive is setup in RAM to store all online traces, including: cookies, browser history and cached files. Once the computer is shut down all traces are deleted and cannot be accessed again.
Fileshredder: The software has a standard file shredder utility that allows you to overwrite file data and its components as many times as you want. A unique perk in this utility is that it allows you to shred free drive space and setup a daily or weekly schedule to shred free space at defined times. Additionally, you can also shred files on removal disk drives.
Ease of use
The software has a graphical interface that is designed to be easy to use for both novice and experienced users. The main menu is split up into three sections and displays recently used privacy tools. The sidebar displays your computer’s security level and a list containing the privacy tools you have setup.
All the features and settings can be easily configured to your requirements via the control panel. However, it is important to note that the password manager is confusing to use and the private favourites feature is somewhat incomplete and doesn’t function correctly.
Help & support
Steganos offers a limited number of customer support options. A support forum allows customers to post and read about common issues experienced with the product. Additionally, the support team can also be contacted directly via email. The customer support response time is not particularly prompt, particularly for international users. Customers would benefit from a live chat support option or phone support if they require urgent assistance.
Steganos Privacy Suite 18 has a decent set of features and particularly excels at encrypting personal information. It safely removes online and offline traces, wipes files and is capable of freeing disk space. On the downside, the password manager misses the mark as it is difficult to use and often doesn’t work correctly. Overall, the software provides an excellent level of protection for your personal data.
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