Firefox Focus for iOS promises to tighten privacy while browsing
November 17, 2016 – 11:53 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Firefox FocusMozilla has unveiled Firefox Focus 2.0, a brand new privacy conscious web browser for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Despite the version number, this is the first public release of the app.

The app aims to counteract two increasingly prevalent trends in web browsing: one, a lack of privacy, as users find their web activities tracking across multiple devices, and two, an increasingly cluttered web space where adverts jostle for attention and overwhelm basic content.

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Combine clipboard text snippets with clipLogger
November 17, 2016 – 08:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

clipLoggerIf you’re researching online, or maybe browsing a collection of local documents, you might sometimes want to copy chunks of text elsewhere for later reference.

Sounds simple, but most solutions are either bulky (use a web clipping service or clipboard manager) or tedious in the extreme (copy text to the clipboard, Alt+Tab to Notepad, paste and Alt+Tab back).

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Betternet is a simple, free and “unlimited” VPN
November 16, 2016 – 09:45 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

BetternetConnecting to a virtual private network can shield your IP, maintain your privacy on insecure wireless hotspots and perhaps help you access websites you couldn’t reach normally.

VPN’s usually require paying a chunky subscription fee, but Betternet promises an unlimited service for absolutely nothing at all.

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Protect your privacy with SafeErase Professional 11
November 15, 2016 – 11:55 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

SafeErase Professional 11O&O Software has released the latest version of its commercial secure-deleting privacy protector, SafeErase Professional 11 (64-bit).

The interface has been revamped for ease of use, while the core engine is even faster at wiping every trace of your confidential files.

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Malwarebytes 3.0 beta released
November 15, 2016 – 07:09 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

MalwarebytesMalwarebytes has unveiled a beta of its next-generation, do-everything product, Malwarebytes 3.0.

The package combines anti-malware, anti-exploit, anti-ransomware and web blocking technologies for the maximum all-round protection.

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Firefox 50 trims start-up times, widens download protection
November 15, 2016 – 04:47 by Nick Peers in Featured, News | No Comment

FirefoxMozilla has released Firefox 50.0 for Windows, Mac and Linux, with Firefox for Android 50.0 due imminently. For the second release in a row it’s launched a week late, but this time the reason behind the pause is different.

The extra week gave Firefox 50 time to unveil its headline new feature: significant start-up improvements, achieved through an overhaul of the application’s add-on SDK module system. Elsewhere download protection covers a wider range of executable files, plus Firefox 50 introduces a smattering of useful usability improvements.

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Google Play Music gets smarter music recommendations
November 14, 2016 – 08:34 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Google Play MusicGoogle Play Music (Android, iOS) is being revamped to deliver more intelligent context-sensitive playlists and recommendations.

The system now takes account of your location, what you’re likely to be doing and why you might be listening when making its choices.

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Restart your graphics driver instantly with this hotkey
November 13, 2016 – 15:50 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

DriverYour PC suddenly locks up. Nothing responds. The screen turns black. It looks like disaster…

But no. There’s a beep from the speaker, your screen comes back to life, and a message explains that your display driver stopped responding, but had now recovered.

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Generate soothing ambient soundscapes with Halotea Free
November 12, 2016 – 13:05 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Halotea FreeIf you like some background noise while working on your PC then it can be tempting to play music, stream video, maybe just turn on the TV. But that can be distracting, and you might not get as much work done as you’d hoped.

Halotea Free generates ambient soundscapes instead – birdsong, rain, white noise – which help you tune out distractions and concentrate on whatever you’re doing.

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Netpeak Spider scans websites for 50+ common problems
November 11, 2016 – 08:39 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Netspeak SpiderNetpeak Spider is a Windows-based SEO analyzer which can quickly detect 50+ common website optimization issues.

The program looks for PageRank issues, 4xx errors, dubious redirects, missing titles and descriptions, missing image ALT attributes, duplicate content, long server response times, non-https pages, and a host of other site problems.

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OSForensics 4.0 drops free version
November 10, 2016 – 14:15 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

OSForensicsPassMark Software has unveiled OSForensics 4, a major update for its powerful PC forensics tool.

There’s bad news: the “free for personal use” edition has been replaced by a 30-day trial.

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