Visit the “Android Police” (see source link below) to learn about 3 new experimental apps by Google (Envelope, Activity Bubbles, and Screen Stopwatch) that could help you cut down on your phone usage.
LicenseCrawler is a portable app that will scan your computer for software product keys, serial numbers, and licenses. This comes in real handy when you have misplaced the original licensing information or when you are setting up a new computer. It is also a nice addition to the tech toolbox if you are in the profession of computer repair and troubleshooting.
LicenseCrawler is FREE for non-commercial use.
What just happened? Password manager LastPass has recovered from what appears to be a service outage that affected users over the weekend. Reports of login issues surfaced on Twitter and Reddit as well as LastPass’ official forums, prompting an investigation from the company, which now claims to have resolved the problem.
Crypto Notepad is a notepad similar to the default Windows notepad, but, with security built-in. You can password protect your notes with the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). Don’t let that big word scare you off. Simply download, unzip (portable app), run and then assign a password to the note(s) you create.
It is often necessary to protect important notes in order to prevent them from being accessed by others, but text editors that offer encryption features are sometimes too complex for users who just want a secure Notepad alternative. Crypto Notepad stands out through its relatively simple design, as it looks very similar to the standard Windows Notepad. It offers a few extra features, such as encryption and a customizable UI, but it remains lightweight and very easy to use.
Source: Crypto Notepad
Download, unzip, and run BrowserAddonsView to display the browser addons and plugins (i.e. extensions) that have been installed on your system. I ran this on my PC and it quickly (lightning speed) picked up every single extension I had installed. I can see this being used to troubleshoot issues where a rogue browser extension (or plugin) has been installed and has compromised the operation of your computer, your privacy, and your security.
BrowserAddonsView is a simple tool (by NirSoft) that displays the details of all Web browser addons/plugins installed in your system. BrowserAddonsView can scan and detect the addons of most popular Web browsers: Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. For Chrome and Firefox, BrowserAddonsView detects and scans all Web browser profiles if there are multiple profiles.
Nearly everyone that carries a smartphone has sensitive information on the phone. Typically this information is accessed by an app that is installed. Most folks don’t think about the security of this information until they misplace or lose the phone. For example, apps that store pictures, personal and financial information, and even control the devices in your home could be compromised if the phone ended up in the wrong hands. Yes, most folks password-protect their phones; but, many do not (which is a disaster waiting to happen). Even if you do password protect your phone there is a high probability that someone else, who wanted to compromise your phone’s information, would find a way to get to the information. It could even be someone you trust.
To give you a layer of protection, which is FREE, I suggest you take a look at Norton App Lock. Norton who has been around for years has developed an app lock that is more secure and not battery hungry compared to many of the app locks available where a crafty person can bypass the security.
You can read more on Norton App Lock by clicking on the source link below, but in summary what this app does is give you the ability to password protect whatever app you want by assigning a PIN, Password or Pattern. For example, I assigned a PIN to my Gmail app on my phone. In order to launch and open the Gmail app, a PIN is required. I have also locked down other apps on my phone, as well. This added layer of security gives me a better feeling knowing my information is safe in the event the phone is compromised.
One question that you see circulating in the “Q&A” forums on the internet, regarding Microsoft OneNote for Windows 10, is “Can you password protect your notes?“. The answer is a resoundingly “yes”. After exploring the various password options using the OneNote version for Windows 10, the Android version and the web-based version; I will tell you that you can add password protection with the Windows 10 version and the Android version. The option to password protect a note in the web-based version does not exist. Also, you can not password protect individual notebooks, but you can password protect individual sections within a notebook.
Password protecting the more sensitive notes in OneNote is important to me; especially, in the event, I lose my smartphone or someone other than myself accesses my computer. Is the password protection sufficient? I say yes because you need to jump through a couple of layers of security to get to the notes. For example, to get to the password-protected notes on my computer and smartphone, you would first need to access my two devices with a password (or other forms of security); then, you would need to access the protected notes with a password. Sort of like the two-factor authentification that you hear about and should be using.
If you want to learn “how to” protect notes with a password in OneNote for Windows 10, CLICK HERE, where you will be directed to the OneNote support site. The screenshot below pretty much tells the story on how to do this from your computer…
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7-Zip is one of those popular utilities (that is FREE and OPEN SOURCE) that lives on and is very good at working with “zip” files and a multitude of other file compression formats. Windows 10 does give you the ability to work with “zip” files, but 7-Zip takes this to another level. I especially like 7-Zip’s strong AES-256 encryption that allows you to encrypt (password protect) files to keep them from prying eyes.
All of this information is not only sitting in one place for spammers, miscreants, and other netizens to download in bulk, but it’s being served from an IP address associated with Alibaba’s web hosting wing in Hangzhou, east China, for reasons unknown. It’s a perfect illustration that not only is this sort of personal information in circulation, but it’s also in the hands of foreign adversaries.
It just goes to show how haphazardly people’s privacy is treated these days.