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When you delete a photo from the Android Gallery, the space it occupies on the SD card is simply marked as unused. The bits of your photos and videos are still there, and may be easily recovered with free tools! This will result in a loss of privacy, should your device be lost, stolen, or even simply traded-in for a new model. Even a factory wipe command may only delete the files, and not actually obliterate them.
LokPixShred will scan your phone or tablet looking for files ending with .jpg, .gif, .png, or .bmp (the most common photo formats), or video files (3gp, mp4, mpg, mpeg, mov, mkv, wmv, and avi). Once it finds the files, it displays thumbnail previews in a scrollable grid. You then select the files to be removed by tapping on them, and press the Shred button. All of the selected files will be overwritten with cryptographically-generated random data, then deleted. This prevents the recovery of these files when someone else gets their hands on your device..
Some devices don't even have removable storage - this app may be your only effective means of sanitizing the device before selling it.
We have tested the shredded SD card images with the best file recovery programs available, and have yet to recover anything processed with this app.. Of course, due to the way that flash memory devices store data, we can't guarantee that ALL of the targeted files are unrecoverable. If you need total assurance of destruction, drop your device into the nearest volcano.
LokPixShred is fast, efficient, and very effective. It's a perfect complement to our other privacy apps, LokPixPro and LokPixLite (available in the Google Play Store).
This app does NOT collect or transmit any personal information. It requests the following Android permissions:
modify/delete SD card contents
- Network Communication
full Internet access
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Please note: The possession and/or use of this software may contravene your local laws. This software does NOT contain encryption or decryption functionality, but does provide a privacy service that may be prohibited in some jurisdictions. The person downloading this app is solely responsible for adhering to any local restrictions.
1.2 - Major update
- The app can now remove video files. It will scan for 3gp, mp4, mpg, mpeg, mov, mkv, wmv, and avi files, display thumbnail previews (when possible), and allow you to permanantly erase them.
- Preview speed is greatly improved, along with memory management. Even the smallest devices can display hundreds of preview images.