The GhostSurf 2007 Platinum feature set is significant and is a privacy Swiss Army knife. It gives you just about all of the protection you need to go on the Internet without the constant worry of being scammed. All of the functionality of the six main features is controlled via the main interface.
The Privacy Control Center
interface controls your ability to be invisible on the Internet. This is where you can set your privacy level, of which there are four levels.
Secure: For maximum security and anonymity, all outgoing data is modified to remove information that could be used to identify you or reveal information about the computer you're using, and the data is routed through Tenebril's anonymous hubs.
Invisible: This level does everything the previous level does ery ambitious ISP, or an agency could listen to your connection to see where you're surfing.
Anonymous: At this level, GhostSurf 2007 Platinum removes all personally identifying data it is able to identify. Your Internet requests are sent directly to the websites you're visiting and not via the GhostSurf network. Speed is increased, but at the cost of privacy.
Normal: GhostSurf 2007 Platinum does nothing. Ironically, this is the default setting, but in truth, this may be appropriate. The user first needs to get the program working, and then choose their security level.
The second pane is for Spycatcher, which is used to detect and disable thousands of types of spyware, adware, Trojans
, and other malicious software. The program can be (and should be) configured to auto-update and auto-scan. In a comparison document Tenebril has on their website, they state that GhostSurf 2007 Platinum "removes spyware to military-level standards." The company, though, does not state what those military-level standards are. In reality, "military-level" and "military-grade" are often used as meaningless advertising terms, but have little benefit to users in the real world for a variety of reasons; most importantly, that the military has radically different requirements, and most military standards are classified.
The third item on the menu pane is the Personal Data Vault. This can be used as a secure storage area on insecure platforms (Windows, USB drives, etc.).
The next item is AdArmor, which lets you control pop-ups, ads, etc. An added benefit of stopping these is that speeds up your web browsing, since you have to download less data per page. AdArmor is handy, but IE and Mozilla Firefox have the same functionality in current versions.
TracksCleaner does what its name implies, and does a really good job of deleting any trace of evidence of your surfing.
The last feature is Privacy Auditor, which allows you to see and control the personal data that is sent from your PC. It can monitor all outgoing communications, searching for textual matches to filters that you configure. You can ensure that data such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, etc., are not transmitted.