What is the Difference Between Internet Cleanup, Privacy Shield and Privacy Guardian?
The tools within System Mechanic that help protect your online privacy are Privacy Shield
(Windows 10 and above) and Internet Cleanup
. Privacy Shield was designed to disable Microsoft's highly aggressive personal data collection that cannot be easily opted out of or turned off once Windows 10 is installed. The Internet Cleanup tool (formerly called Privacy Cleaner) removes items like your private search and chat history, browsing data and cookies.
is a separate iolo product not a part of System Mechanic that provides protection from attempts to track you online and obtain enormous amounts of personal data about you—your "digital fingerprint"—based on your browsing habits, geographical location and more. Privacy Guardian's proprietary method of scrambling your data is designed to thwart known digital fingerprinting scripts, which are a far more sophisticated and emerging threat to your online privacy than cookies-based tracking. Digital fingerprinting cannot be disrupted by even Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) which encrypt your web browsing so your ISP can't obtain and sell your personal data. But after the VPN server, the traffic flows outside of the VPN encryption, where most of the digital fingerprinting scripts are injected into the web pages you ultimately visit, so you can still be tracked even when your VPN is enabled. Privacy Guardian solves this problem, offering the most comprehensive online privacy protection available.