| By Mark Joseph Edwards |
Protecting your data is paramount, especially with the ever-growing risk of Trojans and phishing attacks.
This week, I tell you about three new tools that can help defend your data and ensure than any files you delete are not easily recoverable.
Three new security tools from Lavasoft
You’re probably familiar with Lavasoft, publisher of the popular Ad-Aware antispyware tool. The company recently launched three new products: Digital Lock, File Shredder, and Privacy Toolbox.
• File Shredder is a tool designed to erase files from your disk so that they become extremely difficult, if not impossible, to recover. The tool lets you erase individual files or everything in the Recycle Bin, and works by overwriting disk sectors used to store files selected for deletion. File Shredder (U.S. $29.95) overwrites files using any of a dozen different algorithms, including several used by the military and one developed by the notable security professionals Bruce Schneier and Peter Gutmann.
• Digital Lock ($29.95) is basically an encryption program that lets you encrypt files on your disk or files that you might send to people using email. The tool can also shred the original document after an encrypted copy is made. Digital Lock lets you select from various encryption algoritms, including 256-bit AES, 448-bit Blowfish, 256-bit Twofish, 480-bit SafeIT, and MD5 hashes.
• Privacy Toolbox is what you need if you want to use both of the above tools. It’s a combination of File Shredder and Digital Lock in one application ($39.95).