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Bitdefender reveals first public beta of Bitdefender Total Security 2018
May 22, 2017 – 16:57 | No Comment

Bitdefender has announced the availability of Bitdefender Total Security 2018, the first public beta of its next generation security suite.
New features include a Webcam Protection module which notifies you when apps try to access your …

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QuickLook is a speedy, simple file previewer
May 24, 2017 – 02:30 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

QuickLookQuickLook is an open-source Windows version of the OS X “Quick Look” file preview feature.

There’s no installation required. Run QuickLook, select a file in Explorer, hit the space bar and a window appears with a preview.

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Find out who shut down your PC and when, with Shutdown Logger
May 23, 2017 – 05:18 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Shutdown LoggerSecurity developer NoVirusThanks has released Shutdown Logger, a free Windows service-based application which records details about every shutdown event.

The package logs the time and date of each shutdown, the system uptime to that point, and the names of any logged-in user accounts.

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FreeDriveC is a simpler, safer drive cleanup app
May 22, 2017 – 08:07 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

FreeDriveCAs you’ll guess from the name, FreeDriveC is yet another Windows application for freeing up space on your system drive. We’ve seen more than enough of these already, and we’ll bet you have, too.

But wait– FreeDriveC isn’t all about emptying your TEMP folders or wiping browser history. Instead it’s more like a simple Control Panel applet, providing easy access to relevant Windows tools.

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Two ways to check your PC is patched against EternalBlue
May 20, 2017 – 05:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Check-EternalBlueExploits linked to leaked NSA hacking tools have been causing havoc recently, with the WannaCry ransomware infecting more than 200,000 systems.

WannaCry made use of the previously unknown SMB exploit EternalBlue, but the leak included details of several others. Microsoft has released patches, but are they in place on all your PCs?

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Stop users copying PDF text with PDF Anti-Copy
May 19, 2017 – 04:36 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PDF Anti-CopyPDF Anti-Copy is a free tool which protects PDF content by preventing users selecting or copying its text.

There are similar programs available, but they typically work by applying the standard PDF security restrictions. This can easily removed with the right software.

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Find website accessibility issues with Koa11y
May 18, 2017 – 07:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Koa11yKoa11y is a cross-platform tool for detecting accessibility issues in any web page you specify.

Problems detected include missing image Alt attributes, colour contrast issues, missing titles, lengthy ALTs, poorly designed forms, and anything else that doesn’t play nicely with accessibility software and APIs.

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Webcamoid is a one-stop webcam capture and recording suite
May 17, 2017 – 02:29 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

WebcamoidWebcamoid is a surprisingly versatile open-source webcam suite for Windows, Linux and Mac.

Launch the program and it looks very simple. The image from the default webcam is displayed, there’s a small transparent toolbar at the bottom of the screen, and nothing else at all.

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Manage Windows 10 privacy settings with Privacy Repairer
May 16, 2017 – 06:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Privacy RepairerPrivacy Repairer is a portable tool for viewing and managing Windows 10 telemetry and privacy settings.

There’s now almost a whole sub-genre of software doing more or less the same thing, but Privacy Repairer has more than enough extra power and detail to justify its tiny download.

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Easily explore Windows’ hidden emojis with winMoji
May 15, 2017 – 17:12 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

winMojiWindows has come with its own set of emojis for years, but they’re so well hidden that many users don’t realise they exist.

WinMoji is a tiny open-source tool which makes it easier to find and use the built-in emojis.

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LanguageTool is an open-source proof reader for 25+ languages
May 14, 2017 – 05:33 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

LanguageToolLanguageTool is an open-source spelling and grammar checker for Chrome, Firefox, the desktop (via Java) and more.

The browser extensions enable checking the text you’re entering a web text box, or any other selectable text on a web page.

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Convert JPEGs to ASCII art with ASCII Art Studio
May 13, 2017 – 05:36 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Ascii Art StudioASCII art is one of the oldest computer graphics techniques, and can create surprisingly realistic pictures from the 95 printable ASCII characters (letters, numbers and symbols).

The idea was originally used in the 1960s to produce images on the line printers of the day, but the stark and high-contrast results can still deliver interesting designs today.

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