Steganos releases ‘anniversary edition’ Privacy Suite 20
September 7, 2018 – 05:34 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Steganos releases ‘anniversary edition’ Privacy Suite 20

Who do you trust in 2018? We often get asked for our security recommendation and it’s a struggle to come up with a definitive answer. We won’t go in to detail in public, but there are reasons why we might avoid recommending a well-known security suite and it’s not just due to recent issues involving potential backdoors either.

There is a general consensus that you can trust solid German engineering (VW/Audi issues emissions issues aside) and this same theory should apply to security software. You know your data is secure, your privacy intact and it will perform a solid job looking after your PC.

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Access the web anonymously using the latest Tor Browser 8
September 6, 2018 – 05:06 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Access the web anonymously using the latest Tor Browser 8

We browse the internet unaware of the amount of personal information made available to websites, social media networks and public forums. Every time you access a site you leave behind traceable information including a unique IP address and timestamp.

With this information, anyone can find you rather easily. ISPs, by law, are required to offer this information to the authorities on request. Now, this won’t affect 99.9% of people as most people do not have anything to hide, but there are solid reasons why you might want to hide your identity.

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Have you seen Chrome 69? It’s had a 10th-anniversary ‘Material Design’ refresh
September 5, 2018 – 11:19 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Have you seen Chrome 69? It’s had a 10th-anniversary ‘Material Design’ refresh

Finding the right web browser isn’t easy. As a Chrome user for years, we were forced to switch when it went through a much-publicised Mac slowdown, moving to Safari. We became rather impressed with Safari, particularly if you move between the iOS and desktop edition.

Problem is, add a Windows PC into this mix and you’ll find there’s little point using Safari. So we switched to Firefox as recent UI changes made it look as fantastic on a Mac as it does on a Windows 10 computer.

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Firefox Quantum 62 tweaks home page, allows deletion of personal data when disconnecting Sync
September 5, 2018 – 07:06 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Firefox Quantum 62 tweaks home page, allows deletion of personal data when disconnecting Sync

Mozilla has released Firefox Quantum 62.0 for desktop, along with Firefox for Android 62.0.

Version 62 ships with several minor new features, the most visible of which is support for up to four rows of personal customisations – top sites, Pocket stories and highlights – on the new Firefox Home menu.

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Acronis True Image 2019 adds user-friendly recovery toolkit, cleanup tool
August 22, 2018 – 05:32 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Acronis True Image 2019 adds user-friendly recovery toolkit, cleanup tool

Acronis has launched Acronis True Image 2019 for Windows and Mac, a major new release of its popular local and cloud backup tool.

The 2019 version is dubbed the 15-year Anniversary Edition, celebrating the milestone release. New features added include a dedicated survival toolkit, ability to manually clean backup files and widened anti-ransomware protection.

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WinDynamicDesktop will transition your Windows 10 wallpaper from day to night
August 22, 2018 – 05:30 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on WinDynamicDesktop will transition your Windows 10 wallpaper from day to night

Since OS X and Windows 10 implemented a ‘dark mode’, we spend far longer with this option than the traditional lighter desktop as it’s better on our eyes. It’s also annoying having to manually transition between the two. It’s one or the other.

With the forthcoming Mojave due this September, Apple is taking this a stage further. The new OS X will include 16 wallpapers which will seamlessly transition your desktop from morning to evening, as you work. The brightest wallpaper will be displayed early in the dayon a morning, but by the evening you’ll see a dark blue wallpaper which suits the time of day (and assuming you’re still working post 8 pm).

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Parallels releases Desktop 14 for Mac and it’s Mojave ready
August 21, 2018 – 05:34 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Parallels releases Desktop 14 for Mac and it’s Mojave ready

Parallels Desktop 13Although we’re keen Mac users, most of our work is produced for the Windows operating system. We manage to achieve this via Parallels running on an iMac or MacBook Pro and, frankly, it’s so fast you really do not need to run Bootcamp.

It never used to be this way. Back in the late 90s, when Apple still used PPC chips, Windows emulation was dire. Beyond dire. Almost unusable. Even for basic tasks. It made far more sense to use Bootcamp when it was released, even after the migtration to the Intel chips, if you needed native-like performance for using Windows. Luckily, not now.

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Pale Moon 28.0 unveils major under-the-hood changes and improvements
August 16, 2018 – 09:36 by Nick Peers in Featured, News | Comments Off on Pale Moon 28.0 unveils major under-the-hood changes and improvements

Pale Moon 26Moonchild Productions has unveiled Pale Moon 28.0 for Windows and Linux, the first major update of its Firefox-based browser since November 2016. Also available in 64-bit form, Pale Moon 28.0 features numerous changes and updates.

The new build unveils the fourth iteration of its own browser rendering engine, Goanna, which was first adopted back in 2016. There are also major updates to its JavaScript engine, media backend as well as newly introduced support for the WebGL2 standard.

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Kaspersky releases Security Cloud Free and it’s very basic
August 16, 2018 – 05:44 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on Kaspersky releases Security Cloud Free and it’s very basic

Microsoft appears keen to encourage people to use the latest Windows Defender and, frankly, it’s a more-than-adequate security tool. You’re missing some of the features you’ll find in a paid security suite, such as a VPN or ‘safe money’ but do you really need those features?

With the above in mind, security developers such as BitDefender and, more recently Kaspersky, are releasing free versions of their security suites, to encourage people to use, gain familiarity and then upgrade. Let’s face it, once you have a security suite on your computer and you receive a fantastic offer, you’re more likely to pay than remove.

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Quickly remove unwanted bundleware using the latest IObit Uninstaller 8
August 15, 2018 – 05:50 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on Quickly remove unwanted bundleware using the latest IObit Uninstaller 8

We handle support for people who purchase software and the number one issue we consistently experience is the inability to install updated versions of their favourite software.

There are very basic reasons, too. When you first install your software, you’re often asked to reboot. After this procedure, it’s in use. The application may start when you boot your PC, run in the background, checking your system and much more. When you decide to upgrade, people expect to simply install the latest version on top, forgetting the application is being used and that Windows cannot remove active files.

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Malwarebytes release Mobile Security, its first iOS-specific security suite
August 9, 2018 – 10:15 by Alex Eckardt in Featured, News | Comments Off on Malwarebytes release Mobile Security, its first iOS-specific security suite

Malwarebytes for iOSWe’re asked repeatedly to recommend an iOS security suite. People assume that the latest threats apply to all their devices and are reluctant to access their bank through their browser without security software. Although an iOS device is far more secure due to the ‘closed shop’ design of the Apple App Store, meaning you can’t download malicious software, it doesn’t mean there is no malicious activity at at all. You can still click a phishing link in an email, for example.

Every time we use our iPhone to access the web, information is stored on the device. Malicious websites might try and obtain this information, plus it’s really easy for scammers to get to you through either your phone, messages or email. If you think the device is completely safe, it’s easy to take a risk without realising you could be exposed.

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