Like every Mac user who’s been around the block a few times, I’ve developed something of a ‘must have’ list for every new Mac, and a list of apps that I would recommend to friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors.
One such utility is a massive time saver. It’s called Copy’em Paste. As a clipboard manager all it does is remember– save– everything you copy, whether images, text, photos, whatever. Cool right? But what if you don’t want to save anything, including incriminating evidence or information you copied onto the Mac’s clipboard? Yep. There’s an app for that.
Copy And Delete
Here’s what happens with the front part of copy and paste. You copy an item and it gets stored on the Mac’s built-in clipboard. As soon as you copy something else, the previously copied item is discarded, which makes room for the newly copied item. A clipboard manager app merely saves a copy of what you copied for future use.
What if you don’t want what was copied to be saved, even on the Mac’s one-time-only clipboard? For that, there’s Cleanboard, a free little utility that deletes whatever is on the Mac’s clipboard so no one else can grab it.
The whole process is about as simple as a click can get.
First, you copy a file or some text into the Mac’s clipboard. And maybe you paste it somewhere else. That’s the standard procedure we’ve done on our Mac’s for a few decades, right? But Cleanboard lets you delete what’s still on the Mac’s clipboard with a click.
Think about the privacy and security issues with an app like Copy’em Paste. Don’t get me wrong. I love it to death and use it daily. But there might be some items I’ve copied and pasted that still reside in the Copy’em Paste copied library that I don’t want others to see.
Anyone with access to my Mac has access to the entire library of copied items. Even if you don’t use a clipboard manager, someone could easily see what you’ve copied last. Cleanboard deletes the clipboard’s last copied item. That gives you a bit more privacy and security. A bit.
What would be great is an option within the clipboard managers to secure themselves from outside intruders; perhaps a built-in lock tied to Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the MacBook Pro, or some facial recognition, or something simple like a password.
Cleansing the clipboard is a good idea with some legs.