Wipe Your Mac of Sensitive Information with Washing Machine [Giveaway]
<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/washing-machine.png” />Washing Machine is a simple, single purpose app that keeps your Mac clean of personal information in this increasingly security conscious age. Over time, your browser collects an awful lot of sensitive information about you and the websites you visit, all of which are an absolute goldmine for any hacker who compromises your system.
We’ve got 25 standard licenses for Washing Machine 2 — each license protects up to 2 Macs.
So, what exactly does Washing Machine clean up for you?
- Browsing Histories – all the websites you’ve visited.
- Caches – copies of files stored for faster browsing experience.
- Cookies – used by websites to record information.
- Download histories – a list of your recent downloads.
On my Mac with three browsers installed, it found 811 MB worth of potentially sensitive files and information that could be cleaned up, so you might be shocked to find out much space it could potentially save you. And all that data isn’t exactly easy to find, which is why we are constantly writing security-focussed how to’s on cleaning this or that browser. Well, Washing Machine does them all – simply and easily. And it can automate the tasks too, by letting you schedule them to occur whenever you want.
The main interface of Washing Machine is as simple as it could get, yet offers an incredible degree of control over what you want to clean up. While the default option is to clean everything, you might not want to delete your bookmarks, so you could easily narrow down the “wash cycle” to what you want. You can also SHIFT-click or CMD-click individual items in the lower selection screen. In this case, I’ve decided to nuke everything from Safari, since it isn’t the most secure browser at the best of times:
To be extra safe, you can hold down the OPTION key when clicking Clean. The button will turn to Secure Clean, and the app will not only delete, but also overwrite those sections of the hard disk with random data to prevent any specialist software from attempting to recover your deleted data. Alhhough the default is to overwrite once, you can change it to a higher security level, at which point it will overwrite the bits a whopping 35 times.
Since cleaning Safari is something I want to do regularly, I can go ahead and set up a group for those tasks. Then I drag the group of associated tasks to the schedule, and adjust the options to occur everyday.
Another option is to create a helpful Smart Cleaning list, using the same familiar logic as an iTunes smart playlist.
In short, Washing Machine is a comprehensive cleaning app for your Mac that you can set and forget, and personalise with a high fidelity of control. The interface is familiar and built around solid Apple design principles, so you’ll have no trouble getting to grips with it. If only cleaning the kitchen was this simple, too!
So, how can you get your hands on a copy of this useful little app?
How do I win a copy?
It’s simple, just follow the instructions.
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This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, April 8th at 2100hrs PDT. The winners will be selected at random and informed via email.
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[update] And the winners are …
- Adisa Minka
- Alberto Turella
- Alex Shen
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- Ashwin Murali
- Benoit Descary
- Bonnie Marie Bates
- Eric Miller
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- Jeffrey Kushner
- JoAnn Francis
- Keith Sanders
- Kevin Law
- Kim Fine
- Kyle Maguire
- Mike Frazier
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- Spencer Williams
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