February 22, 2017
The majority of home based computer users use the same passwords (or easy to remember passwords) for nearly every account that they are subscribed to. Hacker’s (or criminals) know this and take advantage of these facts. If your password is easy to remember, then it is easy to hack.
To make your accounts secure, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you use a password manager to manage your accounts and the passwords associated with them. The “go to” password manager that I use (on all my computers and devices); and, have used since its’ inception is the “S10 Password Vault”. It has never let me down… The main feature I like about this software is that I have total control over my password information at the local level.
There are so many features to the S10 Password Vault that I encourage you to visit the developer’s site by clicking the source link below.S10 Password Vault is available for Windows as a standard installer and as a portable version that allows you to run directly from a USB drive (which then also contains your data file). There is also an “S10 Vault” mobile companion app for iPhone/iPad (in the App Store) and for Android devices (in the Google Play Store and Amazon App Store).
Source: S10 Software – S10 Password Vault
February 21, 2017
I have found that using synchronization software is a very easy way for the home based computer user to backup data vs. the full blown backup type software (which can hard to understand for the home computer user). I am currently messing around with the FREE synchronization program called SyncFolders; that, so far in my testing, could end up being my default (go to) backup software for my computers here at home. If you are interested in giving SyncFolders a try, the source link is reflected below. SyncFolders is also available as a portable app.
Features of SyncFolders
- Supports two-way synchronization of files and folders.
- Can easily be used as backup tool.
- Shows a preview before the actual synchronization takes place. You can override actions if desired.
- Detects conflicts or file collisions when a file has changed in both locations since the last sync operation. Therefore, SyncFolders tracks file modifications and deletions in a local database.
- Propagates deletions and detects file renames.
- File comparison by date and size or by content.
- Default actions can be defined in case of synchronization conflicts.
- Integrates with Windows’ Task Scheduler to support scheduled synchronizations.
- Supports file and folder filters.
- Can handle long file names and files of any size.
- Synchronization from or to UNC paths is supported.
- Supports multiple synchronization rules in a single rules file.
- Deleted or overwritten files can be moved to the recycle bin or to a time-stamped history folder.
- History files can be deleted after a user-defined period.
- Unlimited number of files.
- Synchronization from command line.
- Can ignore one-hour timestamp differences caused by DST switch for synchronization to FAT file systems.
- Unrestricted freeware.
- No spyware, adware or malware.
- Portable, although .NET Framework is required.
February 17, 2017
If you are concerned about file (and folder) security, AxCrypt 2.0 is good choice in protecting what matters to you. In addition to the full install version, there is a portable version, as well as, a mobile app (for Android and iOS).
AxCrypt works as a separate program in it’s own window, but it’s also fully integrated into the Windows Explorer – the part of Windows where you browse your folders and files. Here is a quick video tutorial on how to use the basic functions of AxCrypt 2.0.
AxCrypt is a simple file encryption software for Windows. It integrates seamlessly with your workflow to encrypt, decrypt, store, send and work with files.
New and Updated Features
- 256 bit encryption
- Mobile App for iOS
- Mobile App for Android
- Passwordless sharing
- Portable app for Windows
- Secured Folders
- Cloud Service Awareness
- Password Manager
- Single sign in for encryption / decryption
Source: AxCrypt – File Security Made Easy
January 5, 2017
Looking for a method to protect sensitive files and folders? If so, Hyper Crypt may be of interest to you (see source link below). Hyper Crypt consists of a standalone (portable) executable file, a pdf manual and an updater that can be run on any Windows computer (Vista and higher)…
One thing I noticed that when you encrypt a folder, the files in the folder will appear as they normally would and no copy of the original is left behind. If you attempt to open any of the files, they will not open, due to the encyption. Don’t know if that is good or not, but works for me…
By default if you encrypt a single file, a copy of the original file is left behind; however, there is an option to change that.
Hyper Crypt uses the military-grade AES-256 algorithm for file and folder encryption, along with automatic integrity validation.
With Hyper Crypt, you can easily encrypt any kind of file, from documents, to pictures and videos.
Source: Hyper Crypt | Portable Encryption Software
December 14, 2016
If you have an account with Yahoo, you need to change your password NOW. Reportedly a 1 Billion account breach has occurred. Better yet, based on past security issues with Yahoo, you may want to consider other options.
Source: It’s new and it’s bad: Yahoo discloses 1B account breach
December 7, 2016
AdwCleaner is a “must have” security software tool that will search for and delete Adware, PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs), Toolbars, Hijackers and MORE… This program is by Malwarebytes, the maker of the famous Malwarebytes Anti-Malware…
December 1, 2016
Found this directory (and a removal tool) on the ESET website that may be a valuable resource to you. ESET is a leading IT security company that specializes in various antivirus and security products. If you are interested on trying ESET, there is some good deals on their products (click here)The directory on their support site is what jumped out at me, which outlines various antivirus and security software brands with links to those sites to access instructions and/or tools to uninstall their antivirus software.
Why is this important? Prior to switching to other brands of antivirus or security products it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you uninstall the older version to prevent conflicts, system slowdowns; and even system failures. You may think, “OK, no problem, will use the Windows Program Uninstaller applet in the control panel to do this”. You are on the right track, but the problem with that is the Windows Uninstaller may not capture and uninstall everything; and could leave remnants of files behind that can cause problems. This is where the directory on the ESET website will really come in handy to assist you with the removal of antivirus and security products.
ALSO, on the same note, I noticed ESET also has a removal tool on the same page that my do the heavy lifting for you in removing an old software product. The ESET AV Remover tool will remove almost any antivirus software previously installed on your system. ALSO, you will find a link for a list of available malware removal tools.
Source: ESET Support – Uninstallers (removal tools) for common Windows antivirus software
November 26, 2016
Malwarebytes Junkware Removal Tool is a portable tool that removes all traces of Adware, Potentially Unwanted Programs, Toolbars, Crapware from Windows PC. This tool is a portable app (just download and run). Read more about how to use this tool (see source link below).
Source: Malwarebytes Junkware Removal Tool removes Adware and PUPs
September 11, 2016
ZHPCleaner is a portable app that has been developed to identify and remove those unwanted browser add-ons (hijackers) that compromise the security of your computer…. As with any app of this type, it is best you have knowledge of what is safe to remove and what is not.
READ MORE @ Nicolas Coolman
September 11, 2016
If you think you are immune from malware in Android Apps; “Think Again”…
“Researchers from Check Point discovered malware they’re calling DressCode in 40 Google Play store apps and more than 400 apps listed in third-party app stores”…
“Once installed on the device, DressCode initiates communication with its command and control server,”
READ MORE @ BGR
The following video also explains how DressCode works:
July 18, 2016
Let’s face it, you probably do not backup your personal files on your Windows 10 computer. When I talk about personal files, I am talking about your photos, videos, documents, etc… that are personal to YOU. I know you may say it doesn’t really matter, but it will. I have found that when computer users (including myself) lose files it sort of does something to you. You actually will feel that a loss has occurred and feel helpless in recovering from that loss.
An “automated” backup solution for Windows 10 users is built right into the operating system that I have found to be very easy to use. It is called “File History”… Below you will find a short video from BTNHD that will quickly get you up and running with using File History. What I like about File History is that you can fully configure it to backup any folders that you choose (to an external hard drive), at different time intervals (making it fully automated), and the option of how long you want to keep revisions of your files. I encourage you take a look at File History, learn how to use it, and save yourself some misery when that computer crash occurs…
How To Use Windows 10 File History Feature!
May 28, 2016
Another FREE program that I use to remove unwanted programs and malware is AdwCleaner. This is a must have tool; especially, if you are the one who has the tech toolbox that is used to help others. AdwCleaner is a program that searches for and deletes Adware, Toolbar’s, Potentially Unwanted Program’s (PUP), and browser Hijacker’s from your computer. It comes with a “scan” and “clean” mode. Typically, these unwanted programs, such as adware, PUP’s, Toolbars, and hijacker’s, are bundled in with other software that we install (from the web) on our computers. ALWAYS, during a software installation, pay attention to any other optional software that may (or could) install; and, ALWAYS, research the software you intend to install. Typically, in honest cases, you are given an option (via a check box) to keep bundled software from not installing.
May 17, 2016
My recommendation to anyone needing antivirus protection is BitDefender FREE… An easy installation that will quietly monitor (and scan) your system in the background with no intervention on your part (zero configuration). After installing, it is recommended that you register your FREE version via an email account. I have been using BitDefender FREE for approximately 2 years and can attest to its’ performance (and detection capabilities)…
“Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition uses a combination of Cloud scanning and behavioural analysis to detect new or unknown threats that other antiviruses miss”.
May 11, 2016
Computer software is and has always been my passion. Over the years I have developed (what I think) is a sixth sense when it comes to determining what software is safe to download and install. Most folks at home are reluctant to install any software these days due to the privacy and security risks that can be associated with a bad software installation. As a result, many are missing out on some great software.
A remedy to this problem (that is currently in beta) is the Avira SafeApps download portal. What you find on the portal is a collection of software packages that has been determined by Avira to be safe… I have added SafeApps to the Downloads page under the software and apps site.
“Avira detects 30 million threats every day – many of these originate from download portals. By scanning every app for hidden toolbars, installers, and adware, Avira SafeApps offers you a secure download portal, free of malware and junkware”.