ProtectStar iShredder Pro iPhone Video App Review
ProtectStar has graced our site before, last time with their free version of ProtectStar iShredder, a high-quality data-deletion app for the iPhone, iPod and iPad. They told us it was coming, and lo and behold, ProtectStar iShredder Pro has finally landed, bringing with it even more security options and innovations.
A little known fact about iOS is that, when a user removes an app’s data, the unwanted information is not immediately deleted. Instead, the iPhone’s system marks that chunk of data for deletion and overwrite, meaning sensitive information from nonexistent iPhone apps lingers around until another iPhone app comes along and boots it out. This isn’t a big deal for most personal users, but if you’re a corporate executive carrying vital information on your iDevice, knowing that your finances are in secure shape is essential.
What ProtectStar iShredder Pro offers is the ability to overwrite all flagged data, replacing all those compromising bits of information with comfortable zeros. The app offers a multitude of ways to get the job done, using just about every algorithm you can think of. If you aren’t familiar with the German BSI/VS-ITR Standard or HMG InfoSec don’t worry—the app’s excellent in-house documentation will explain everything. Once a deletion method is selected, ProtectStar iShredder Pro takes off, erasing data in multiple passes until it’s finished. It’s worth nothing that, though the app is thorough, it’s not entirely efficient. Even on the simplest algorithm, ProtectStar iShredder Pro still takes quite a while to clean out your data. This may be unavoidable, and the app can ran in the background, but your iDevice will still be occupied for quite a while.
We praised ProtectStar iShredder’s design before, and the latest incarnation of the app is no different. ProtectStar iShredder Pro sports the same fluid interface. With only three clicks you can move from the home screen to secure erasing your data, making it dirt-simple to ensure your data’s security.
In addition, accessing information about the methods of deletion themselves is as easy as clicking an hefty button at the home screen. ProtectStar iShredder Pro’s motto is simplicity with function, and the developer’s have done a great job pulling this off.
At the end of the day, your need for ProtectStar iShredder Pro greatly depends on your situation. This is not a defragging iPhone app, so you will not increase your iDevice’s free-space. Matter of fact, it will be very hard to tell if the app did anything at all. However, if you absolutely need peace of mind concerning your sensitive data, ProtectStar iShredder Pro’s $4.99 price and sturdy performance will clear up any concerns you have in a jiffy.
ProtectStar iShredder Pro requires iOS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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