Romanian privacy developer East-Tec has released Eraser 2014 v11.0, a major new update (with facelift) of its online privacy protection tool for Windows.
The app, which promises to securely delete all internet and computer activity via a series of modules, gets a major new Windows 8-friendly facelift, and promises to be simpler for beginners to use while offering more configurability, power and performance.
The new user interface has echoes of the tile-based Modern UI found in Windows 8, and version 11.0 comes with the promise of full compatibility with the latest version of Microsoft’s OS in both 32- and 64-bit flavours.
It opens with a Dashboard alerting users to parts of the program – including the new, rebuilt Privacy Guard – that it recommends be run. However, despite the friendlier interface, beginners should be wary of simply clicking Fix and following the program’s recommendations.
Instead, take the time to visit each part of the program separately – select the Advanced button under Privacy Guard, for example, to review exactly what gets wiped before allowing Eraser to do so, otherwise browser settings and history among other things will be wiped without the user’s explicit knowledge.
The Advanced section also reveals another aspect of how Privacy Guard has been rebuilt – the hundreds of programs that it supports are now organised into logical categories such as Applications, Browsers, News and Email readers and – highlighting newly supported features in version 11 – Windows 8 Apps. Users can review the full list of sensitive areas covered by Privacy Guard here.
Select an individual app or program entry to reveal a Properties button – from here, users can see exactly what parts of it are considered risks to privacy and selectively choose exactly what to wipe.
Away from the redesigned Privacy Guard tool, Eraser 2014 also comes with the promise of more raw power and speed, although no specific details are provided as to how this translates into real-world improvements.
One final new feature being showcased is support for queuing processes, allowing users to set up various tasks before leaving the program to its own devices. If an existing task is running, users will see the green Start button replaced by an “Add to Queue” button instead.