HDD Guardian 0.7.0 adds new hard drive failure warnings
August 1, 2016 – 05:43 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

HDDGuardian200-175Open source hard drive monitor and smartctl front-end HDD Guardian has been updated to version 0.7.0 with some welcome new features.

The program detects even more drives, but if they’re still not found it’s now possible to add them manually.

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Kaspersky 2017 brings VPN, better adware blocking/ removal
August 1, 2016 – 03:50 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

KasperskyKaspersky Labs has release Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2017, Kaspersky Internet Security 2017 and Kaspersky Total Security 2017 in the US and Canada (other territories will follow at the end of August, but everyone can download the trials now).

New features include “Secure Connection”, a virtual private network which automatically kicks in to protect you when using wifi hotspots, web banking sites and more.

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Ultimate command line tool Swiss File Knife hits v.1.7.7
July 30, 2016 – 06:03 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

sfkOne-stop Windows command line tool Swiss File Knife has just been updated to version 1.7.7.

A new sfk web command allows sending a web request to a server, filtering and displaying the results.

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Bitdefender Total Security 2017 beta now available
July 29, 2016 – 11:09 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

BTS2017.200.175Bitdefender has announced the first public beta of Bitdefender Total Security 2017 for Windows, OS X and Android.

The major addition this time is wi-fi protection. Every time you connect to a new network, Bitdefender analyses it and warns of any vulnerabilities.

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Check internet speed and web page download times with Speedtest for Chrome
July 29, 2016 – 06:37 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SpeedtestSpeedtest is a free Chrome extension which allows testing your internet connection speeds and web page download time.

It gives you access to the core of the Speedtest.net website in a click or two, wherever you are on the web.

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Monitor and analyse your network traffic with SmartSniff
July 28, 2016 – 04:45 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SmartSniffWe recently wrote about Microsoft Message Analyzer, and explained how it could be used to monitor and better understand your network and internet traffic.

It’s a hugely powerful tool, but also bulky and with an intimidating interface. If you’d prefer something more lightweight, then as usual, NirSoft might have the answer.

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Browsing Firefox’s hidden browsing history with Pin Patrol
July 27, 2016 – 06:52 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Pin PatrolIf you’re wondering what someone’s been doing in Firefox then you could check the browser history, but if they’ve deleted it, along with any cookies, cache or logins, you won’t learn very much.

What isn’t so obvious is that Firefox has a hidden browsing history which records some of the sites you’ve visited, and isn’t removed when you wipe the official “Browsing & Download History”.

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How you might get hacked by a Chrome extension
July 27, 2016 – 06:37 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Chrome Extension Source ViewerMalware isn’t just about native executables or rogue apps, not any more– a malicious browser extension can cause almost as many problems on all your devices at once.

With the right permissions, for example, your new Chrome add-on could steal your user credentials, post as you on social media, read your emails, help launch a DDoS attack, and more.

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Bennett monitors Bluetooth signal strength on a PC. Sometimes.
July 26, 2016 – 11:30 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

BennettIf you’re having problems connecting your laptop to a wireless device or network, there are a host of tools to help you view what’s in range and its signal strength.

If you’re having trouble with Bluetooth, it’s a different story. The standard Windows applets might list available devices but you’ll see little, if any information about them.

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Automatically generate abstract art with Mondriaan Creator
July 26, 2016 – 06:22 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Mondriaan CreatorEven if you don’t know Piet Mondriaan’s name, you’ll probably recognise the Dutch painter’s distinctive geometric style: white background and a black grid, partly filled with primary colours.

It’s not an approach that appeals to everyone, but if you’re interested then you can now generate new Mondriaan-style images with the free Mondriaan Creator.

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Create stylish coding snapshots with Marmoset
July 25, 2016 – 10:16 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MarmosetYou’re building a website, presentation, maybe a CV listing your many coding skills, and would like some kind of graphic to illustrate that section. But what should it be?

Forget the usual clipart, install the Chrome app Marmoset instead, and it’ll help you create a stylish presentation-ready code snapshot in seconds.

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