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When you store your data with a third party provider like Dropbox, you put trust in the storage provider’s security controls to protect your data. While all good storage providers encrypt their data locally and during transmission, you can add an additional layer of security to really lock down your data and keep prying eyes away.

In the past, we’ve shown you how to create a secure, encrypted volume on your PC or USB drive; however, you need to use a PC to access the data. In this guide, we share an application that encrypts your data while still providing access to your data from any Windows, Mac, or Linux PC as well as from an iOS, Android, or Windows RT device.

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25 Free Apps You Should Definitely Try

Posted by Stu On December - 15 - 2012

While cleaning up old posts, I found this one, written by Stu some time ago. I’ve updated all the download links, added a few links to related articles, and thought I’d share his list with you. Rich.

When I recently posted an article which shows how to Install Windows 7 without bootable media, I obviously went through the Windows 7 installation process several times.  In then end, when everything went correctly, I had 2 brand-new Windows 7 operating systems to work with.  After installing updates, what else do you do?  Install some cool freeware!

Here’s a list of my favourite 25 freeware applications.  There are paid-for alternatives of some of my favourites but the free versions do a sterling job.  So in no particular order:

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Find the Largest Files on Your Hard Drive with WinDirStat

Posted by Rich On December - 7 - 2012
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PROS: Lightweight and simple. Performs its main task—reporting file-by-file disk usage—in an intuitive manner and provides the ability to visually drill down to the largest files and directories on your hard drive. Essential for SSD users running out of space!

CONS: The only “con” is WinDirStat has pretty much looked the same since its release in 2003. The treemap view is great but it’s a little bit of an eye sore by today’s standards. Still, the software is bug free and provides data quickly and efficiently.

VERDICT: If you want to save disk space, this utility is essential.

PRICE: Free

VERSION REVIEWED: 1.1.2.80

DOWNLOAD: WinDirStat

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AxCrypt: Password Protect and Encrypt Your Files in Windows

Posted by Sudesh On November - 20 - 2012

Time and time again, the story of a hacker stealing someone’s private pictures or videos is published in newspapers. The recent case is that of Sofia Vergara whose intimate pictures were hacked only a month ago and then were put on sale. Usually, the target of such a hacker is a celebrity as they expect to blackmail them and make money through extortion or sale of pictures/videos. But these hackers can victimize just about anyone. You do not have panic. There is a simple solution to this problem – encrypt your private files with strong encryption so that even if a hacker lays his hands on the files, they would be useless for him. AxCrypt is a free encryption utility that can be used for this purpose. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Great Freeware Downloads You Might Have Never Heard Of

Posted by Guest Post On October - 21 - 2012

In this guest post, Amy shares ten freeware programs you should definitely check out. Find out more about Amy at the end of this post. 

MacBook Pro, August 2012

It seems like the internet is consistently becoming more regulated, and also more expensive. No matter how bombarded you are with ads for anti-virus software, video and audio tools, photo editors, and more, you might be surprised how many free tools are still available to cover all your online needs – even perform tasks you didn’t know were possible. Here are just a few of the best ways to maximize your PC without even touching your bank account.

1. AVG Anti-Virus

There are many different decent freeware programs to protect you from spyware and malware, but AVG is consistently rated highest when it comes to providing complete virus protection comparable to the kind you’d normally purchase at an expensive rate. AVG is known for its fast scanning capabilities, virus detection and quarantine, and disabling nearly all malware infections. It’s the first stop for protecting your PC without spending money.

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Avoid the Majority of Viruses by Disabling Autorun [Quick Tip]

Posted by Rich On September - 25 - 2012

Do you disable Autorun on your PC? Many viruses execute malicious code by running automatically on your PC via a thumb drive, network drive etc. If you haven’t yet disabled Autorun, I recommend you do. This guide will show you the easiest way to disable Autorun in just a few minutes and will potentially save you from getting an avoidable PC virus that takes time (or money) to clean.

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