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18 Top Free Android Games That Have Been Downloaded More Than 100 Million Times Each - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
With a huge quantity of Android devices nowadays in use, we see a large sum of Android app downloads from the Google Play store. Among most popular Android apps, here’s a list of 18 top free game apps; each of them has been downloaded more than 100 million times at time of this review. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Finds of the Week is a list of web sites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon, Tech Treats Editor - Default Router Passwords - Software Licenses in Plain English - Useful Science - How “Omnipotent” Hackers Tied to NSA Hid for 14 Years (and were found at last) http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Another Way To Keep Tabs On Your LAN - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
A few days ago I wrote about a program from Nirsoft, called Wireless Network Monitor, which provides a display of who (or which devices) are connected to your network. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content... has the original story. The program has proved popular with Gizmo's readers, so here's another similar product which works in much the same way. It's called WiFi Guard, from SoftPerfect, and it's a 4 MB download. It's free and malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust. There are 32- and 64-bit versions available, in installable and portable formats. I used the 64-bit portable version for my tests and I can tell you now, it really is worth looking at. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Another Easy Way to Make Dozens of Tweaks to Windows - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
As far as I know, nobody has counted them all but there must be thousands of possible tweaks for Windows operating systems. Many are not particularly useful but there are a number that can be quite worthwhile. Unless you are expert at delving through the Windows Registry, the best way to select and make tweaks is to use one of the many tweaking utilities that are available. I recently took a look at one called Windows Tweaker. This free utility is not to be confused with one described in a previous tip that is called the “Ultimate Windows Tweaker”. The name is similar but the interface is very different and I quite like the appearance. Although this is a desktop utility, it has the clean modern look often found on mobile apps. There is a portable version as well as an installer version. The portable version is 0.85 MB and the installer version is 2.45 MB. I tried both and I see no particular advantage to the installer version except that its performance was a little smoother....
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Who's Been Using All My Internet Bandwidth? - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
It's often useful or informative to be able to find out how much internet bandwidth your computer has been using. Perhaps because you need to keep within the limits set by your ISP, or because you're using someone else's wifi network and you promised you wouldn't overstay your welcome. Or perhaps you want to use it to provide an insight into what exactly the rest of your family get up to when they're supposed to be working on a business spreadsheet or a homework essay. Networx is a useful utility for Windows which tracks your network usage. You can monitor any network connection available on your PC, including wired, wifi and cellular. And you can track by user too. Plus, you can view all the data in a series of pretty graphs and tables, or export it to Excel for later analysis. Networx is free (strictly donationware), and available in both 32- and 64-bit versions. It's also available as a portable program, for easy installation...
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The Best Free System Monitor Gets Another Update - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
It's always good when the best program for doing a particular task also happens to be free. And so it is, and has long since been, the case when it comes to finding out what your Windows PC is doing with its time and its CPU power. For tracking down the cause of a slow computer, Process Explorer from Sysinternals (part of Microsoft) has long since been the best tool for the job, and yesterday's update to version 16.05 makes it even more useful with additional columns of information. If you don't already have a copy of Process Explorer in your troubleshooting toolkit folder, get one now. The download is only 1 MB or so, and the program is portable so it's easy to use (and to remove if you really don't like it). The program is malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust, too. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Freak Attack: A Patch for your Windows PC is On The Way - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
This month's "Patch Tuesday", when Microsoft releases its regular set of security fixes for Windows and other products, is more important than most. Among the 14 bug-fixes is a cure for the much-discussed Freak bug, which can allow hackers to intercept information that you view or type into a secure web site. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Android Free Game of the Year 2015 - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
There are tons of games available at Google Play Store and with each passing day the list just keeps growing. The task to find a good game isn't that easy so I've compiled a list of 5 must play Android games that came out in 2014 which I found great. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Is Your Browser Safe From FREAK? - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
In the dim and distant past of the internet, around 15 years ago, the United States Government made it illegal for US companies to export software that included strong encryption. IE, encryption that couldn't be cracked by the US's own security and intelligence agencies. Encryption algorithms were classed as munitions, and were illegal to export. Although those rules have now been relaxed, most internet servers and web browsers still include the old encryption algorithms built in, even though most of them are rarely used. But recently it was discovered that many internet-based systems can be easily fooled into enabling the old, insecure encryption systems rather than using the newer ones. In the case of SSL, which encrypts your credit card information or bank details when you log onto a financial web site, this means that a hacker who intercepted the transmission could crack the password in around 7 hours. The flaw, known as FREAK, affects many major web browsers on Windows, iOS and...
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Free Microsoft Windows Security Tool EMET Now in Version 5.1. Get it now: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Windows Notepad With Added Encryption Keeps Your Thoughts Safe - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
Secure Edit is a simple Windows notepad program with a difference. It encrypts your text files, using the well-known Blowfish algorithm, which means that someone without the password can't read them. This makes it useful for keeping private notes on your computer, and it's also handy for storing passwords. Unlike a dedicated password vault program, which can automatically paste your stored passwords into the correct login forms on web sites, and back up your passwords to the cloud, this is a much simpler program. Which is why I like it. It pretty much does just one thing, and seems to do it very well. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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This Free Windows Notepad Replacement With Added Encryption Keeps Your Thoughts Safe: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Yet Another Set Of Free World Newspaper Front Pages - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
My recent postings giving details of web sites which offer free scans of newspaper front pages has generated a lot of feedback from readers, which is much appreciated. Before I retire the topic for a few months, here's one final site to try out. It's called Kiosko. The site is also available in French and Spanish if you prefer - just follow the links once you get there. There's a wide selection of front pages from numerous countries, and clicking on an image will open up a larger picture that's much more readable. So if you fancy a change from your regular news web site, to get a more balanced view of what's happening in the world, you now have 3 choices of excellent sites to try, all of which are completely free to use. - Robert Schifreen, Hot Finds Editor. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Yet Another Set Of Free World Newspaper Front Pages. For many users this may the best of them all. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Inbox for Gmail Makes Your Inbox Cleaner - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
If you have been using Gmail, check out this new app called Inbox developed by the Gmail team. All in all, it makes your list of messages in Gmail more appealing, organized and less cluttered in a brand new design. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Google's new Free Inbox App for Gmail Makes Your Inbox Cleaner: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Read The Front Pages Of 2000 World Newspapers - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
A few days ago I wrote about a web site called The Paper Boy, which lets you view the front pages of many newspapers from around the world. Thousands of you clicked on the link, so here's details of a similar site that covers front pages from even more locations. It was recommended to me by reader pecarroll, to whom I offer my thanks. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Read The Front Pages of 2000 World Newspapers for Free. Yet another great newspaper headline site: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Free Downloadable IT Security Training Courseware - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
If terms such as SQL injections and cross-site scripting attacks mean nothing to you, you'll probably want to stop reading round about now. But if you're familiar with the terms, and would like to know more about the topic, then you'll be interested in some training materials that have been published for free online by OWASP, the Open Web Access Security Project. This group is dedicated to providing resources to help making based systems more secure, and the PowerPoint slides from a bunch of its recent training courses have been made available. They're freely editable and downloadable. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Free Downloadable IT Security Training Courseware. You can even edit it to suit your needs: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Need An HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
If you're thinking of buying a new TV, games console etc in time for Christmas (insert alternative holiday name if required), you'll also probably be needing an hdmi cable to hook it up to your TV or monitor. But look online, or indeed in any shop, for such a cable and the variety of prices is bewildering. As I write this, Amazon.com will sell me a basic 2 metre cable for $5.99. Or I can choose a "better" cable for anything up to $1494.75. What surprises me most about the $1400 cable is that Amazon "only" has 3 left in stock. Do people actually buy these things? Are they worth the money? Is the picture quality any better? Has anyone actually done some comparative tests? Actually, someone has actually done some tests. And no, the expensive cables don't perform noticeably better than the bargain-priced ones. You can read the details of the tests, and see all the pretty graphs at this site which tested many cables. Or you can just take my word for it, and stick with bargain cables....
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Need An HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Revisit all those Games of the Past for Free at the Internet Arcade - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
Do you remember the 70s and 80s when teenagers (and adults) used to spend hours at the arcades feeding quarters (or whatever the equivalent local coinage was) into the game machines? Now you can play all your favorite games again and it won't cost you a single quarter. The Internet Archive is a project devoted to preserving the digital record and it has just introduced a new feature called the Internet Arcade (link here). It allows you to play over 900 classic arcade games. The games are re-created using Javascript and your Internet browser. This latest effort is a follow-up to a previous project called the Console Living Room. The games often lack sound and can be a little buggy but how else can you spend hours revisiting all those games of yesteryear without spending a cent? http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
Advertisers and others are constantly trying to track where we go and what we do on the Internet. There are a variety of browser add-ons which attempt to monitor and/or block these tracking efforts and Gizmo’s often reviews these defensive browser additions. A fairly new one that is intriguing is called Privacy Badger and I decided to take a look at it. Privacy Badger is from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and takes a somewhat different approach to guarding privacy. It is not an automatic ad or cookie blocker but monitors and adapts to third-party tracking activity as you go to different sites around the web. If a particular third party is judged to engage in activity that is invasive of privacy, then their ads and cookies are blocked. Here is the EFF description: “Privacy Badger is a browser add-on that stops advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking where you go and what pages you look at on the web. If an advertiser seems to be tracking you across...
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Interested in Geo-IP? Here's 3 Million Free Data Records To Get You Started - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
If you run a web site, or indeed any other service that's connected to the internet, it's often useful or interesting to know where someone is connecting from. As a server operator, you generally have access to the IP addresses of incoming visitors via various log files. But if you want to know who's behind an IP address, or where they're based, things can often be difficult. Pinpointing the geographical location of an IP address, known as Geo IP Location, is a specialist art and there are many companies who will, for a fee, provide you with an automated lookup service. One such company is MaxMind. And in addition to their paid-for services, they also offer a database for free download which contains details of around 3 million IP addresses. So if you fancy turning Internet Detective, or you simply want a large dataset on which to experiment for educational purposes, this is a good way to start....
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Five Places to Find New Uses for Your Old Smartphones and Tablets - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
Recently, I faced a dilemma. I got a new smartphone. But that wasn’t the dilemma. The dilemma was what to do with the old phone. Nobody wanted it. Since looking for a use for an old phone is a common occurrence, the web has lots of sites with suggestions. I thought I would pass along some of the more interesting places to get ideas about what to do with old phones and Android tablets. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Free System Monitoring Tool Is Now 3 Times More Useful - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
I make no secret of the fact that I'm rather a fan of PRTG, the computer and network monitoring product from German outfit Paessler. Install it on a spare PC or laptop and it creates a web-based system that keeps a constant eye on all your devices, and also provides a neat web interface that you can log into in order to see the details. In my day job, where I look after a large bunch of servers, I'm a paying customer of Paessler. Like many users, I started with their free edition, which is pretty much the same as the full product except that it only provides 10 sensors. A sensor is the basic building block of PRTG, and lets you report on one aspect of one machine on your network. So if you're monitoring, say, disk space and free memory on 5 PCs across your LAN, that's your 10 free sensors (those green boxes in the screen shot below) accounted for. Thankfully, Paessler have recently upped the limit of 10 sensors. You can now have 30 before you need to start paying, which makes the free...
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Get $49 Worth Of DVD Copying Program For Free If You're Quick - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
It's been a while since our friends at Digiarty ran one of their special free offers, so it's good to see that they're doing one in time for Halloween. The company's WinX DVD Copy Pro, which copies DVDs to all sorts of formats so you can watch them on your portable device or PC, is currently on sale, reduced from $49 to $19. But if you download it via this special link you'll do even better, as you can get it totally free of charge. The download, which should run on all currently supported versions of Windows, runs to around 16 MB and is malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Free Tool Tests the Speed of all Your Hard Disks - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
I was recently faced with a problem on my network. Copy large files between the 2 local hard disks on my PC was WAY faster than copying the same file across the network to a different PC. This is obviously to be expected, but before I could start trying to solve the problem I needed a decent diagnostic tool. Something that would allow me to guage the speed of copying a file between any 2 given drives on my PC or to somewhere else on my LAN. I could then repeatedly run the tests as I worked through my ideas for resolving the problem, and get meaningful data on whether I was any closer to a resolution. The diagnostic tool I preferred is something called LAN Speed Test. Its interface is very simple, and the default generally make sense. So all you have to do is choose a destination drive, press the Start Test button, and then read off how long the transfer took. Then change the destination, run the test again, and compare the 2 sets of figures. It works a treat....
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