COMODO Internet Security 2019 adds Secure Shopping, manual unblocking features
April 24, 2019 – 12:27 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on COMODO Internet Security 2019 adds Secure Shopping, manual unblocking features

Comodo has unveiled its 2019 security line-up with the release of Comodo Internet Security 2019 Free, Pro and Premium. Also released are Comodo Antivirus Free 2019 and Comodo Firewall Free 2019 .

All editions are compatible with PCs running Windows 7 or later, but the new release debuts a brand new component exclusive to the full Internet Security Suite: Secure Shopping, a sandboxed environment inside which applications can be run invisible to – and beyond the reach of – malware.

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Avast releases ‘Aspen’, it’s most Secure Browser to date
April 16, 2019 – 09:55 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on Avast releases ‘Aspen’, it’s most Secure Browser to date

People tell us they are becoming increasingly wary of using third-party browsers such as those from Opera, Chrome and Firefox. It might come as a surprise, but your average punter will stick with their OS browser, Edge, and a powerful security suite to keep themselves secure.

The question is, is this the most secure way of surfing the internet in 2019? Could your connection between your computer and the internet be made more rock solid. Well, Avast certainly thinks so.

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Try Microsoft’s new Chromium Edge before anyone else
April 11, 2019 – 06:30 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Try Microsoft’s new Chromium Edge before anyone else

Microsoft has a rather chequered history developing web browsers, having stuck with Internet Explorer for so long, then switching to the brand new Edge which initially lacked support required by a basic browser, such as third-party extensions.

As an example, after Edge was launched, people who had been used to deploying a secure keyboard for their internet banking, found it wouldn’t work with the browser and came back to us demanding a refund, thinking the security software didn’t support their browser of choice. Little did they realise the fault was with the browser, such was their trust in Microsoft.

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Opera 60 Reborn 3 promises to be Web3-ready with Crypto Wallet and revamped VPN
April 9, 2019 – 04:55 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Opera 60 Reborn 3 promises to be Web3-ready with Crypto Wallet and revamped VPN

Opera Software has released Opera 60.0, a major new version of its web browser dubbed Reborn 3. The ‘3’ is a partial reference to the browser’s support for Web3, the so-called decentralised “block-chain based internet of the future”.

The new browser’s support for Web3 comes with a new Crypto Wallet to facilitate secure online identification and transactions. The browser’s free VPN service has also been overhauled along with a design refresh.

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FinalCrypt 4.0.3 adds uncrackable encryption to your most sensitive files
April 2, 2019 – 07:38 by Nick Peers in News, Tips | Comments Off on FinalCrypt 4.0.3 adds uncrackable encryption to your most sensitive files

The battle to encrypt data securely rages on, with developments in quantum computing mirrored by hackers’ ever more creative attempts to break encryption. Ironically, one form of encryption resistant to all forms of hacking – One Time Pad (OTP) – dates from the 19th century.

Symmetric OTP works by generating encryption from a key file – the larger the better – which renders all attempts to decrypt the data useless without access to said key file. And FinalCrypt, available for Windows, Mac and Linux – indeed any Java-capable computer can run the tool, brings the technology to any computer user.

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Vivaldi 2.4 expands customisability, introduces support for multiple user profiles
March 27, 2019 – 07:09 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Vivaldi 2.4 expands customisability, introduces support for multiple user profiles

Opera R3 may be on the horizon, but the company’s ex-founder Jon von Tetzchner continues to reinvent the web browser for real with Vivaldi 2.4 for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Version 2.4’s main highlight is widened customisation support for its toolbars in the form of being able to drag and drop selected buttons between Address and Status bars. Version 2.4 also introduces multi-user profile support to the GUI, improves its bookmark management tools and adds a calculator to the Quick Command tool.

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Firefox Quantum 66 blocks audio autoplay, improves scrolling behaviour and adds option to search all tabs
March 19, 2019 – 06:31 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Firefox Quantum 66 blocks audio autoplay, improves scrolling behaviour and adds option to search all tabs

Mozilla has rolled out Firefox 66.0 has just for Windows, Mac and Linux, along with Firefox for Android 66.0.

The new release is light on new features, but heavy on delivering significant improvements across the browser. The big new addition is that websites will now automatically be blocked from playing sound – however, the customisable feature won’t be immediately available to all users

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CCleaner 5.55 adds a software updater (but only in Professional)
March 13, 2019 – 07:58 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on CCleaner 5.55 adds a software updater (but only in Professional)

Install software on your computer and you’ll be forgiven for not having the spare time to search for updates. Most applications do not have a software update facility, so unless you go checking, you’ll often never know it’s been updated.

With this in mind, and software developers running out of key ideas to add to future revisions to encourage paid upgrades, we’re seeing ‘Software Updater’ tools being released to the market or added to system maintenance applications. IObit recently released a standalone Software Updater tool this year which we wrote about this month.

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Securely wipe your entire drive or individual files and folders using O&O SafeErase 14
March 12, 2019 – 11:41 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Securely wipe your entire drive or individual files and folders using O&O SafeErase 14

We had a shock the other day when cleaning out the office. If you’re anything like us, you tend to hold on to old drives simply because it’s hard to dispose of the data securely.

You soon realise you have old hard drives you’ve never dealt with and even obscure NAS drives collected over many years. We found old drives going back to 2000. One solution is to pay for a professional company to pick up, wipe and dispose of these used drives, but this is a costly procedure. Why not do it yourself and save a tonne of cash in the process?

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CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 unveils Mac version as part of 30th anniversary celebrations
March 12, 2019 – 09:49 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 unveils Mac version as part of 30th anniversary celebrations

Corel has unveiled CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 as part of its 30th-anniversary celebrations for Windows and – for the first time – Mac. The brand-new Mac release is fully native, and includes all components found in the Windows version, including CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT.

Also new in the 2019 release is a brand-new Objects Docker for controlling document structure, non-destructive effects, and a new web app (CorelDRAW.app) for accessing and editing cloud-hosted Corel documents through other devices.

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Captura 8 is a free app which will record your screen and so much more
March 6, 2019 – 11:21 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on Captura 8 is a free app which will record your screen and so much more

Anyone who has had to handle software support will know that sometimes explaining by email or attempting to describe action over the telephone can be a very frustrating experience.

We handle support queries on a daily basis and are still perplexed that some users still do not know how to enter their product key or where it should be entered. They attempt to type in the code, get a digit wrong, think they’ve been sold a duff code, won’t accept reason and get angry real quick. There’s now a cheap and easy solution.

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