FREE SafeHouse Explorer – An Excellent Alternative Replacement To TrueCrypt

September 14, 2014

As a geek who has a passion for software, I often get on these kicks where I will focus on one particular software category. Lately, with all the news of various cloud based services being compromised, I started on the hunt for some good file/folder encryption software. What I was looking for was something that I could run as a standalone application (portable app) that could be executed, not only from my computer, but from a flash drive; PLUS, I wanted something where I could encrypt my files prior to copying them and making them resident in the cloud.

What I was finding that there are many encryption utilities out there; however, many of them I felt uncomfortable with due that they are not being actively updated and/or further developed. I wanted something that had weathered the changes in Windows operating system and was still being actively developed and promoted. As a matter of fact, TrueCrypt, one of the most recognized encryption utilities out there, recently experienced a setback and mysteriously vaporized leaving existing users wondering about the security of their data.

During my thought processes of all of this I remembered featuring on the blog (just over 2 years ago) a FREE encryption utility, called SafeHouse Explorer. Sure enough, after visiting and browsing the SafeHouse Explorer site, the software is still running strong and is current with Windows 8. They even offer a commercial version of their software.

After downloading SafeHouse Explorer and testing out the software, it was then I realized that with cloud storage being the thing, SafeHouse Explorer may have been ahead of its’ time when I first used it a couple years back. SafeHouse Explorer can be stored on the cloud where it can be downloaded and run from any Windows based computer. It also has the ability to create what is called self-extracting EXE encrypted storage vaults where you could encypt a bunch of files, package them as an EXE, and send them up to the cloud; THEN, when you need the files again you would download and run the EXE, enter your password, and the files are then accessible to you. If your cloud based service will not accept EXE files, simply upload the vault file

Following my testing of SafeHouse Explorer and using it in the various scenarious (i.e. as a portable app, as a cloud encryption solution) I can say SafeHouse Explorer is the way to go. My suggestion is to download, run and take the time to learn how SafeHouse Explorer works. You will not be disappointed:PLUS, you will gain the satisfaction that you have a solution in hand to protect files you store on the internet.

  • Complete full-featured stand-alone security solution.
  • Hides, locks and encrypts documents, spreadsheets, photos, videos and anything else.
  • Perfect for USB memory sticks and other portable media – even iPods!
  • Super strong 256-bit Twofish advanced encryption ensures your total protection.
  • Unlimited number of private storage vaults as large as 2,000 Gigabytes each.
  • Graphical password strength meter helps you choose strong passwords.
  • Can be run directly from USB memory sticks without prior Windows installation.
  • Can create self-extracting EXE encrypted storage vaults. Just click and run.
  • Fully-compatible with all other SafeHouse products and file formats.
  • Full version is 100% FREE and freely distributable. Never expires!

 SPECIAL NOTETo make SafeHouse Explorer a portable app, download the software and there is a feature in the software that makes it easy to transfer the SafeHouse Explorer program to your flash drive (or other portable media).

VIDEO – See SafeHouse Explorer In Action


Use Ctrl + H in Google Chrome To Access and Manage Your Browsing History

September 13, 2014

If you use the Google Chrome Web Browser, hold down the “Ctrl” key on your keyboard and hit the “H” key… This hotkey combination makes it easy to view your history (for the past 90 days) and to manage various aspects of it, such as “clearing your browsing history” and managing the history on any of your other google account signed-in devices.

Chrome - Browsing History

Use the History page to view a list of websites you’ve ever visited in the last 90 days while using Google Chrome in standard mode. This page doesn’t store pages from secure websites, those you’ve visited in incognito mode, or those you’ve deleted from your browsing history. If you’re signed in to Chrome on multiple devices you will see your browsing history from those signed-in devices. Any changes that you make to your history on one device will be synced to your other signed-in devices automatically.


Train Yourself To Use The Windows 8/8.1 Quick Access Menu (aka: Win +X Menu)

September 12, 2014

If you are a Windows 8 user, teach yourself to to use the Quick Access Menu (also known as the “Win + X menu” where you hold down the “Windows Key” on the keyboard and hit the “X” key on the keyboard).

To get to the Quick Access menu using the mouse, right mouse-click the “Start Button” at the bottom-left corner of any screen (including the Start screen or the Desktop) and the menu will pop up. If you don’t see the “Start Button”, move your mouse to the lower-left corner, and the “Start Button” will appear.

Quick Access Menu

The reason you should train yourself to use this menu is that this menu was designed by Microsoft to give you a specific (hidden) location to quickly access the most commonly used and advanced options on your computer, no matter what screen you are working from (for example: you can do things like shut down and sign out, get to Control Panel, Task Manager, File Explorer, or open a Command Prompt window).

Few people know about this menu; and, the few that do know this menu is there, forget to use it. In a nutshell the “Quick Access Menu” gets you to the nuts and bolts of the Windows 8 operating system.

The Two Joy’s Of Blogging Lead Me To A Totally Inspired Mind AND Some Good Cooking

September 12, 2014

Two of the joy’s of blogging are: 1- Meeting other people who maintain blogs (or websites); and, 2 - Helping out the people you meet by sharing your interest and knowledge.

Recently I happened across a blog called “Computer Users Forum” that lead me to a person by the name of Paulette Le Pore Motko. This in turn lead me the various sites that Ms. Motzko maintains (see Bio below). After having some contact with Ms. Motko I asked that she provide her Bio and links to some of her sites (see below) so that my some of my readers could visit and help drive some traffic her way.

 Bio – Paulette Le Pore Motzko

After being married to a rocket scientist for 15 years and being a piano teacher for 20 years, Paulette Motzko ventured off in the writing, photography, blogging and marketing world. She writes Feature Stories for restaurants, photography for restaurants and food businesses, and writes everything from press releases, resumes, and PowerPoint Presentations with her company called Totally Inspired PC. Paulette uses a computer as a tool to create what has never been created before.

Totally Inspired Mind: Where Positive Minds  Congregate now with 44,000+ hits after two years, has 2200 followers and counting, has won many blogger awards and between 50 countries to 70 tune in monthly to read her inspiring words.

To enlighten or show how with usable information that empowers is in her DNA she says.

You can also see her making health and easy dishes anybody can prepare on Cooking Up a Storm With Miss Polly


How To Get To Google’s Onscreen Calculator and Unit Converter

September 11, 2014

If you are ever in a pinch and you need a calculator or unit converter, simply visit and search for “calculator” (to get an onscreen calculator) or search for “unit converter” (to get an onscreen unit converter).




Unit Converter

GEEK SQUEAK – Gizmo’s Freeware Posts How To “Get A Free License for MiniTool Power Data Recovery Personal Edition” (Limited Time Offer)

September 9, 2014

Gizmo’s Freeware Site is reporting that you can get a free licensed copy (From September 11th to 13th) of MiniTool Power Data Recovery (Personal Edition) by following the instructions as posted. I have used this software in the past and it is one of the best out there.– (GET IT @ Gizmo’s)

Gizmo's - Power Data Recovery Giveaway

TECH DEAL – Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III SSD

September 9, 2014

Noticed an Amazon price drop on the Samsung 840 EVO 2.5 inch SATA SSD Drive. This is one of the best sellers at Amazon with awesome customer reviews. SATA drives have no moving parts, which means a very noticeable increase in performance; AND, is one of the best upgrades you can make to a computer. If you are looking for a SSD drive, you may want to check this one out [CLICK HERE]

Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Single Unit Version Internal Solid State Drive MZ-7TE250BW

840 EVO Series 250 GB SSD


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