Shredder Widget

Shredder Widget 2.0

Shred your documents on the Dashboard

There's something very satisfying about the way shredding machines eat up your private documents. Of course, you can´t quite shred digital documents in the same way as real ones, but now there's Shredder Widget. View full description

PROS

  • Authentic shredder effects and sounds
  • Three levels of shredding power

CONS

  • Annoying to keep recalling the Dashboard

Very good
8

There's something very satisfying about the way shredding machines eat up your private documents. Of course, you can´t quite shred digital documents in the same way as real ones, but now there's Shredder Widget.

Shredder Widget acts as a virtual shredder for destroying your most private and confidential information. Shredder Widget has three settings - 'Low' for items you'd normally drag to the trash, 'Medium', which shreds documents with a US Department of Defense-compliant procedure, and 'High', which basically pulps your document into something that can never be recovered. Each procedure uses a different algorithm.

To shred a document, click and drag a file from Finder. Then simply use the F4 Dashboard hotkey (or F12 on on some keyboards) to call up Dashboard. Drop it on the Shredder Widget to permanently erase it from your system. If you want to adjust the shred level while dragging, simply press the spacebar while hovering over the widget. You can even toggle sounds on and off by pressing the 's' key, for maximal authenticity.

Shredder Widget is a clever piece of software, although having to recall the Dashboard every time is a bit annoying. It would be better if you could drag documents to an icon in your Dock or on your dashboard.

Shredder Widget is a fun and secure way to shred your most personal documents.

Shredder Widget

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Shredder Widget 2.0

— User reviews — about Shredder Widget

  • harrythunder

    by harrythunder

    "Useful wigdet"

    Really good utility in order to completely remove file without any possibility to recover personal info. This easy to us... More.

    reviewed on June 19, 2015

  • jimpres

    by jimpres

    "Shredder Widget"

    Great program, Apple needs one like it the trash won't empty certain programs. The shredder will do it. More.

    reviewed on April 28, 2012

  • xzbit31

    by xzbit31

    "You can put this widget on your desktop"

    Open the terminal and type in the following, exactly as you see here: defaults write com.apple.dashboard devmode YES ... More.

    reviewed on October 1, 2010