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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Wine 4.0 released with Direct3D 12, game controller and Vulkan graphics support
February 5, 2019 – 08:28 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Wine 4.0 released with Direct3D 12, game controller and Vulkan graphics support

The Wine Project has released Wine 4.0 for Linux, MacOS and Android. Wine provides non-Windows users with an emulated Windows API, allowing selected Windows applications (and games) to be run directly inside Linux or MacOS through Wine.

The main highlights in Wine 4.0 is support for Direct3D 12 and game controllers. Also added are support for the cross-platform Vulkan graphics API, while Android users gain support for high-DPI.

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Firefox Quantum 65 rolls out enhanced content blocking protection, MacOS HandOff support
January 29, 2019 – 10:14 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Firefox Quantum 65 rolls out enhanced content blocking protection, MacOS HandOff support

Mozilla has released Firefox 65.0 has just been released for Windows, Mac and Linux, along with Firefox for Android 65.0. Both releases are available as a free, open-source downloads.

The major highlight of this new release are improved tracking protection controls, improved multilingual support and the ability for MacOS users to transfer tabs to their iOS devices via HandOff. Android users should see that scrolling performance is improved.

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Ten top tips to keep your information secure on Data Privacy Day
January 28, 2019 – 12:30 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News, Tips | Comments Off on Ten top tips to keep your information secure on Data Privacy Day
Secure Login Firefox Extension

One of the biggest threats as you surf the internet isn’t hackers trying to get into your computer (a common misconception) or the potential of accidentally installing malicious software. Your security suite should take care of both these issues.

No, the single biggest issue is your personal data and the information you leave all over the internet when you share your content, chat with other people and the login information we use to access our online data.

What can we do to safeguard our personal data and keep it away from people seeking to exploit us? Here are our top tips.

1. Use a password manager

Many of us choose to use the same password across multiple websites and are guilty of using a memorable pass as we’re worried we’ll forget our login information. The solution is a secure password manager such as 1Password or BitWarden, which you can use to store your passwords securely, auto-fill login information and will synchronise across your devices.

2. Consider deploying a VPN

If you travel frequently, you’ll look for free wifi at the station airport and your hotel. Often these wifi hotspots are insecure and occasionally rogue. But we have no hesitation logging in and using them to send our personal data to the internet. The solution is to install a commercial virtual private network (VPN) which creates a secure tunnel between you and your destination. Our top choices are AVG Secure VPN and Norton Secure VPN.

3. Use messaging apps with end-to-end encryption

When you chat online with your friends, you’ll be surprised what information you’re sharing with other users. Most messaging apps do not encrypt your chats, which includes Facebook Messenger. Switch to WhatsApp to lockdown your chats.

5. Be wary of you back up to the cloud

The cloud is secure, but we’d never recommending using it to store your most personal information. For example, don’t write down your passwords as plain text and upload them to the cloud (you’ll be surprised how many people do this). Although your data is encrypted, if your cloud storage is hacked or someone else has access your computer, it’s also easy to find your unencrypted passwords.

6. Lock down your social media privacy settings

Be careful of what you provide to other users. It might come back to haunt you at a later date. No need to make your Instagram content available to the world – make it’s set to ‘private’ and you choose who can follow you. Also make sure you turn on two-factor authentication so if someone tries to hack your account, only you can regain control.

1Password 7.0 for Mac
Keep your passwords safe and secure using a dedicated password manager

7. Make your passwords random and longer in length

Just because you use a password manager (see 1), it doesn’t mean all your passwords should still be simple or memorable. Always try and create a password at least 12 digits in length and mix them up with combination of symbols and upper/lowercase characters. A good password manager such as 1Password will randomly generate you a secure multi-character password.

8. Review your web browser permissions

Chrome and Firefox both do an excellent job of locking down your personal data and stopping websites from tracking your every move, but you might have been inadvertently giving away more information than necessary. For example, do websites known your location, can an extension access your files or did you authorise your browser to access your webcam? It’s worth hitting your browser settings and double-checking your permissions.

9. Lock your personal files in a secure vault

There are files you want to make sure you have locked down and only accessible to yourself. Private photos, your accounts and similar information should not just be stored on your unsecured hard drive. One solution is to create a secure private area on your drive which is accessible with the right password. A tool such as Steganos Safe 20 will create a private location on your hard drive that only you can access.

10. Use temporary information when you browse the internet

Email spam is relentless. One solution is to create a temporary email address you can use for signing up to web forms and newsletters, but keeping your primary email address away from the internet. You could even go further and use a temporary Skype number, rather than your main number, then redirect incoming Skype calls to your voicemail.

Emby Server 4.0 adds live TV guide data, boosts performance across the board
January 17, 2019 – 12:11 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Emby Server 4.0 adds live TV guide data, boosts performance across the board

Anyone who’s got a load of digital media lying about needs a media server, and while the obvious solution is to install Kodi or Plex, you might be missing a trick.

Although it’s still overshadowed by its better-known rivals, Emby Server 4.0 has just been released for Windows, Mac and Linux, plus is now available for Nvidia Shield and Android devices too.

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1Password 7.3 for Windows unveils new secure desktop feature, numerous other improvements
January 11, 2019 – 05:42 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on 1Password 7.3 for Windows unveils new secure desktop feature, numerous other improvements

AgileBits has released 1Password 7.3 for Windows clients. 1Password offers secure form-filling and password management tools and is also available on Mac, iOS and Android.

The new Windows build unveils a new Secure Desktop mode, improvements to the Watchtower feature and numerous other improvements, including customisable keyboard shortcuts and more robust update mechanism

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Add an additional layer of website security with the Emsisoft Browser Extension
January 5, 2019 – 10:41 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on Add an additional layer of website security with the Emsisoft Browser Extension
Emsisoft Anti-Malware

Although we’d regard ourselves as technically proficient, even we can get caught out online. Over the New Year period we were searching for a product from a reputable brand, seeking the best price available through Google search.

Browsing through the shopping results, we found an official store which sold this brand and was offering a discounted new year sale. Looked legit. But the discount was too high and it was tricky to find any definitive location information. The online store was either selling fake products or simply extracting funds with no intention of shipping. Most people trust sources such as Google Search, but unless individuals report fake or phishing websites, it’s easy to get caught out.

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Major Avast and AVG update adds 64-bit support, drops XP/Vista
January 4, 2019 – 11:47 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Major Avast and AVG update adds 64-bit support, drops XP/Vista

When an existing user purchases a new activation code, they often have problems installing the ‘latest’ version of their security suite, often overlooking that as part of their subscription they will always have the latest version.

This is why the likes of Avast and AVG dropped year version numbers, making it more difficult to know when a major release has been made available. Earlier today Avast released the 19.1 editions of their security products and this is a significant update.

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Syncthing 1.0.0 released as open-source P2P sync tool finally leaves beta
January 2, 2019 – 09:09 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Syncthing 1.0.0 released as open-source P2P sync tool finally leaves beta

If you’re looking for an open, trustworthy and decentralised alternative to cloud sync platforms, then Syncthing is the tool for you. And today is a milestone – after five long years in beta, Syncthing 1.0.0 (32-bit) and Syncthing 1.0.0 (64-bit) has been released for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android.

The new release has been given a new code name: Erbium Earthworm, continuing the tradition of alphabetic code names (the previous release was Dysprosium Dragonfly). It’s also been dubbed “Graduation Day” by lead developer Jakob Borg.

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