PC Privacy Shield is not a VPN service but, rather, is a software product that’s designed to scan your computer for common security vulnerabilities.
This product is designed by Shield Apps, a white-label software maker that focuses on security applications. How does their product stack up? Here’s what we found.
There aren’t any surprises here. The software loads on Windows via a standard installer.
Once you’ve installed the software, it’s in trial mode. You register the software by purchasing a code in-app. Once you’re registered, you can use the deep scan feature, which isn’t available in the trial version.
PC Privacy Shield Screenshots
According to the manufacturer, PC Privacy Shield gets rid of browser-saved passwords, allows you to automatically clean your history files and performs other security-related tasks.
In the screenshots below, you can see the program’s various tabs.
Other features include:
- Supports Opera, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, IE
- Cleans IM chat records
- Allows custom configuration of cleaning
- Eliminates online tracking by marketers, etc.
- Cleans computer file history
If you’re confused about any of these options, the program has a toll-free support line placed prominently on the app’s homescreen.
Is it Worth It?
Without even running the program’s deep scanning feature, it claimed to find more than 30,000 security issues on the test PC. If this sounds a bit like scareware, it’s because it is a lot like scareware.
Most of the security issues found were chat logs and browser history, either of which can be easily eliminatedmanually.
In addition to that, note that the “User Password” screen is not shown among the screenshots. This is because, after installing the software, it displayed the username/password combinations it found on the test PC without any protection.
The security-hardening features this program offers really don’t amount to much, and can be obtained from better products, some of them free.
You can use incognito or private windows on your browser to eliminate your history. You can use Tor to completely eliminate browser records and avoid tracking. You can use a VPN to prevent anyone from being able to get at any of your data traffic.
Notably, none of those programs will display your passwords on your screen for anyone to see.
Overall, while the company seems legit and PC Privacy Shield doesn’t seem to be rogue security software, it behaves an awful lot like it.