O&O SafeErase 8 Pro Review
O&O SafeErase 8 Pro Review
There is no need to say that the protection of sensitive and confidential information is the most important task for every computer user. This is out of question that any confidential information must be deleted and removed from the hard drive. The question is how to remove confidential information stored on the disk securely and make impossible to restore and access it.
Unfortunately, a very few users do care of that. Unexperienced and ordinary users think that the simple deletion of files or data formatting leads to the complete destruction of information on the hard disk. Is it true? Regrettably it is not so! The simple deletion of files is the most unreliable and unsafe method to get rid of confidential info because in this case, the data itself is not completely erased, only the path to it is lost, the user simply does not see that path and thinks that it is safely removed from the system. After deleting, the information remains on the disk and it is not visible to the ordinary users. Even a very inexperienced computer user can easily find and recover deleted files using special software. That is why it is very important not only to remove sensitive and confidential data but also to overwrite the disk using special programs that will make the recovery of files impossible. O&O SafeErase 8, developed by German software group O&O, belongs to such kind of programs. With it’s help you can easily and permanently erase the traces of every file on the hard drive. It offers a lot of different methods for safe and reliable file deletion and it is one of the best programs on the software market nowadays.
O&O SafeErase 8 completely eliminates any possibility of recovery of files and you can permanently remove them with just one click of your mouse and keep your privacy in security.
Download and Installation
The latest version of the program can be found and downloaded from the official O&O website. It is available for both 32 and 64-bit versions and supports two languages English and German.
The installation EXE file is not big, only about 14 MB in size (after installation of all components it takes 35 MB of hard disk space).
The trial version is functional for 30 days, but it has got some restrictions, namely, you cannot erase free space and entire computer.
It remains for me to add that there are three different versions of the program – Professional ($ 29.95), Workstation ($39.00) and Server ($199.00) but they do not differ in functionality. The Pro version is an ideal solution for home users while Workstation and Server ones are for workstations and servers.
The installation process of the program is very straightforward, all you need to do is to accept the license agreement and select the desired setup type (Typical, Complete, or Custom). That is all. After extracting all necessary components, the program will be installed on the hard drive and ready to use.
The Interface of the Program
The interface of O&O SafeErase 8 is extremely simple and easy to navigate. The main window or start window is called Control Center. At the top of the interface you can see a small Analysis window which allows you to perform a quick scan for those files which pose a security risk for the computer, for example, Internet files, temporary Windows and program files, etc.
A little below you can view those six categories which the program is able to destroy securely and permanently, i.e. SafeErase files and folders, SafeErase internet files, etc.
On the left side of the interface is located navigation pane which allows you to gain access to the list of deleted files, reports, and program settings.
The Main Features of the Program
With the help of the program O&O SafeErase 8, you can permanently delete and destroy everything from a single file or folder to entire computer. The program offers six deletion categories:
SafeErase files and folders
SafeErase hard disks and partitions
SafeErase Internet files
SafeErase free space
SafeErase entire computer
SafeErase Windows and program files
SafeErase Files and Folders – do you have any files and folders which contain confidential information and you want to remove them from your hard drive? This task is a mere nothing for O&O SafeErase 8, it can securely delete all types of files (i.e. images, text files, videos, audio, and so on) without any possibility of their recovery even with the best and advanced programs. All you need is to select the desired file or folder for deletion, choose one of the deletion methods and click SafeErase Now. All selected files and folders will be gone for good and never restored. The performed action can be saved as a report and viewed later. This report contains info on chosen deletion method, start and end date and status.
SafeErase Hard Disk and Partitions – if you want to delete not just individual files and folders, but the entire disk or any of its partition, you can take full advantage of this type of deletion. The deletion procedure is the same as above mentioned method. Before starting, the program lets you know which drive can be erased safely; just check the desired partitions and then choose the deletion method.
SafeErase Internet Files – the Internet is an amazing place where you can obtain a lot of useful info or simply enjoy yourself watching movies and listening to the music. But browsers hold and save info about visited sites, passwords, etc., and this is very dangerous for your privacy. With the help of O&O SafeErase 8, you can easily get rid of this confidential data. The program cleans cookies, bookmarks, Internet temporary files, browsing history, entered URLs, saved data and passwords.
Currently, the program supports the following browsers – Internet Explorer (version 9 and later), Mozilla Firefox (version 29 and above) and Google Chrome (version 34 and later).
SafeErase Windows and Program Files – the Windows operating system watches every step which you perform on the computer and saves every your action as temporary files, etc. All these actions can be viewed and restored, but you can erase them by using this program feature. O&O SafeErase 8 will help you permanently delete shortcuts of accessed documents, Windows temporary files, image preview cache, dump files, etc.
SafeErase Free Disk Space – when you remove a file, it is only marked as deleted in the MTF (i.e. Master File Table). The file still remains on your hard drive and with the help of special utilities it can be restored. O&O SafeErase 8 will help you overwrite and erase free space of your hard drive not leaving even minute traces of deleted files.
Note that this feature is unavailable in the trial version.
SafeErase Entire Computer – you have just bought a new hard or SSD drive and want to sell an old one. Thanks to this feature you can permanently erase everything on the hard drive and sell it. Nobody can restore anything on it.
Unfortunately, this feature is also unavailable in the trial version.
Integration – the program integrates itself into the Windows Explorer and the recycle Bin, so you can easily erase files and folders without opening the program just using right-click of the mouse.
O&O SafeErase offers six different deletion methods ranging from Lowest to Highest security. They are as follows:
Overwrite with Zeros – this is the fastest, simplest and the most frequently used method of deletion but at the same time the most insecure and unreliable. The selected data will be overwritten with the sequence of zeros but not erased and full access and recovery of those files is of high probability with the help of special software.
Lowest Security – is a more secure method. The erased data will be overwritten with random values but only once.
Low Security – this method is based on US DoD 5220.22-M. It is rather fast and overwrites data three times with fixed and random values.
Medium Security – it is based on German BSI method and overwrites data 6 times.
High Security – all data is overwritten seven times.
Highest Security – it is based on well-known Peter Gutmann method and allows you to overwrite data 35 times. This method is the best but the slowest.
Windows XP – Windows 8 (both 32 and 64-bit versions)
40 MB of free hard disk space
O&O SafeErase 8 is a very compact and advanced tool designed for the secure and reliable deletion of any sensitive data on the computer. It offers six different methods which allow you to remove any confidential information from the hard disk and make the process of its recovery really impossible.
O&O SafeErase 8 belongs to those programs which are really useful for everyone who wants to keep the computer away from prying eyes.
1. Six different methods for permanent deletion of sensitive data
2. Full integration into Windows Explorer
3. Safe erasing files and the entire disk
and many others
Only two languages are supported