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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After using Windscribe, here’s why you should reconsider a VPN
February 28, 2019 – 10:44 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on After using Windscribe, here’s why you should reconsider a VPN

Install the latest security software and most people would consider their system safe. Understandable as most modern suites cover almost every possible scenario from prevention against malicious software through to providing a secure way of interacting with your bank account.

There’s one area which is avoided and that’s a lack of a secure tunnel to the outside world and here’s the reason why this is so important.

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Block malware, ads, clickbait and more with Malwarebytes Browser Extension
February 28, 2019 – 10:36 by Nick Peers in Featured, Tips | Comments Off on Block malware, ads, clickbait and more with Malwarebytes Browser Extension

Are you plagued by pop-ups, susceptible to online scams or just frustrated by ad-riddled web pages that take forever to load? If so, then Malwarebytes may have the browser extension for you.

Malwarebytes Browser Extension for Chrome 1.0.40 and Malwarebytes Browser Extension for Firefox 1.0.38 both promise to be the first browser add-ons to identify and block yet-to-be-identified fake scams and tactics, plus provide protection against popups, browser lockers and hijackers too.

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Save resources by pausing open Chrome tabs using The Great Suspender
February 26, 2019 – 11:26 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on Save resources by pausing open Chrome tabs using The Great Suspender

If you’re anything like us, we tend to remind ourselves to follow-up a website by keeping a tab open. This often remain open indefinitely. Over time, one tab quickly becomes many and we then move on by opening new browser windows.

But there’s a problem with this behaviour. Have you noticed the system resources required to keen a browser tab open? Each tab can easily run at up to 150MB, as they contain images and dynamic content to host the web page. You only need ten open tabs and you’re allocating over 1GB of RAM to web pages to follow up at a later date. There must be a better alternative.

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Keep installed software up-to-date using IObit Software Updater
February 26, 2019 – 07:09 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on Keep installed software up-to-date using IObit Software Updater

Download software from the Microsoft Store and it will either auto-update or you’ll be notified when a new version is available.

Problem is, most of our software isn’t downloaded from one source, so we often have no idea when big new updates are available. It’s true some installed software will either auto-update or notify you from within the software itself. Examples include web browsers such as Chrome or Firefox, your security software and Windows.

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Opera Touch 1.5.0 adds cookie dialog blocker to mark 24 improvements since launch
February 22, 2019 – 06:43 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Opera Touch 1.5.0 adds cookie dialog blocker to mark 24 improvements since launch

Opera Software has unveiled no fewer than 24 improvements since launching its mobile browser for Android and iOS. The latest build, Opera Touch 1.5.0 delivers a much-needed setting for automatically handling website cookie dialogs.

Other improvements since launch have included expanding the My Flow feature to connect mobile and desktop iterations of Opera, support for Private Browsing mode and a dark theme

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Locate and remove hidden Windows 10 apps using O&O AppBuster
February 21, 2019 – 05:48 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on Locate and remove hidden Windows 10 apps using O&O AppBuster

If you use a laptop with a small SSD, you’ll want to make sure you can reclaim as much hard drive space as possible. Many of the default apps Microsoft installs with Windows 10 can take up more space than you might realise and, better still, most can be removed simply and easily.

Take the Skype app, as an example. This app is now installed by default as Microsoft is keen to encourage us to use their technology. Problem is, it takes up nearly 0.5GB of your SSD, for an app you may never consider using.

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Franz 5 aims to unify to your messaging
February 18, 2019 – 12:11 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on Franz 5 aims to unify to your messaging

Everyone seems to use a different way to communicate. Although most business users have switched to Slack, there are others who rely on Skype, WhatsApp and Messenger to send an important message. Everyone has their favourite chat client.

It’s hard to keep on top the messages and there’s still some business contacts who insist on using LinkedIn to ask you an important question and, unless you login using your browser, it’s very easy to overlook an urgent message.

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Avira Privacy Pal 1.8.0 promises to close over 200 privacy holes on your PC
February 12, 2019 – 05:12 by Nick Peers in Featured, Tips | Comments Off on Avira Privacy Pal 1.8.0 promises to close over 200 privacy holes on your PC

It’s almost impossible to do anything these days without leaving a tell-tale digital trail behind you, particularly when accessing internet-related services. Given many apps now spend a significant amount of time connected to the internet, you can’t rely on just locking down your web browser either.

This where Avira Privacy Pal 1.8.0 for Windows PCs comes in. It promises to become your privacy-focused personal assistant, offering quick and simple fixes for over 200 privacy issues.

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