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 8, 2017
FotoSketcher is free software program that features over 20 different styles; available from pencil sketches to watercolor or oil paintings, pen & ink drawings and cartoons. Turn photos to paintings (landscapes, architecture, portraits, etc.) automatically! FotoSketcher is available as a full install or portable app.
Turn your photos into art…
Source: FotoSketcher – The best photo to art freeware program
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
January 3, 2017
Just did a revamping of the software Downloads Page… The page consists of feeds from numerous reputable software and app sites that primarily specializes in FREE software. I am currently using this as my “go to” source to review software listings and to see what is new and/or has been updated. The list is very, very long… If you hover your mouse pointer over a software title that interests you, a floating description will appear.
December 17, 2016
AOMEI is an excellent software package that will assist you with backing up your files. The newest version now includes a live syncing option. Read more at Betanews (source link below).
AOMEI has released AOMEI Backupper Standard 4.0, the second major update of its freeware Windows backup, imaging and cloning tool in 2016. Version 4.0 adds an additional arrow to the tool’s bow …
Source: AOMEI Backupper Standard 4 adds real-time file sync, supports backup to cloud
November 29, 2016
Here is a tech toolbox (portable app) program called NuePanel that gives you direct dial access to more than 150 Windows applets and tools.
Be aware, because this is a new program, and contains many calls to system tools, it’s highly likely it’ll be flagged as malicious by some antivirus tools.
Source: nuePanel is a comprehensive Control Panel alternative for Windows – nuetools
November 23, 2016
Harmony is a free desktop music player for Windows to stream music from Spotify, SoundCloud, Play Music, Last.fm, Deezer, and Hyper Machine.
Source: Desktop Music Player To Stream Music From SoundCloud, Play Music, etc
November 22, 2016
Nice (portable 32bit / 64 bit) screen capture utility.
Source: The Portable Freeware Collection – Snipaste
November 22, 2016
Free Alarm Clock is a free, full-featured and user-friendly computer alarm clock for Windows.
Source: Free Alarm Clock for Windows
September 17, 2016
Here is a screenshot tool, called CloudShot, that may pique your interest. I love screenshot programs and CloudShot stands out in that it has a modern interface that allows you to share your screenshots via cloud services like Dropbox/Imgur, upload to FTP, copy or just save it. I also dug a little deeper on the site and found there is a portable version, as well.
August 28, 2016
If you are wanting something that is better than the viewer built into the Windows operating system, I encourage you to take a look at the FREE FastStone Image Viewer. This software utility is specifically developed to manage and manipulate images. I have been using it for years and there has been no turning back. Recently, FastStone Image Viewer received an upgrade that gives you the ability to run two image viewers at the same time; drag and drop images between them; and, compare images from different folders side by side. This is only one of the many features of FastStone Image Viewer. Can’t say enough about this software…
FastStone Image Viewer
August 13, 2016
With the changes taking place with Evernote, you may want to take a more minimalistic approach and try Simplenote. I was familiar with Simplenote and decided to give it a try to see if it would be sufficient for my note keeping. What I have found is a very fast and simple (text based) note keeping application, available on many platforms, that (so far) is getting the job done for me. I currently have (and use) Evernote and Microsoft’s OneNote, but what I am finding is that these applications are geared more for the student, the business person, or someone who has a need to collect and maintain a massive amount of information. Simplenote is completely text based with nothing fancy; thus, it is fast. I can search for a note, via a keyword, and have the note up before me at the blink of any eye. If you are looking for something to keep your notes, give Simplenote a try…
Another BIG factor with Simplenote, is that it now Open Source Software where (if you are a coder), you can gain access to the source code and essentially work your magic to make Simplenote even better.
Simplenote – iOS, Android, and macOS Apps Now Open Source
August 2, 2016
Took a little bit of a learning curve; but, learned how to use Snipaste in short order. Snipaste is a windows snipping (or screen capturing) tool that is different in the way that you would normally perform a screen capture that is typical of other similar software…
August 2, 2016
Often during a malware infection, the default settings on your computer can be altered to the point that your computer will not operate properly (even after it has been cleaned from an infection). A program to keep in mind, if this were to occur, is the Tweaking.com – Windows Repair tool. This tool is designed to help you automatically fix a large majority of known Windows problems. The repair tool is available as a Windows install or can be run from a flash drive, as a portable app. I also see that they have a “pro” version available now; as well as, the free version. I have used this program on several occasions and it has bailed me out…
Tweaking.com – Windows Repairs