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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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How to Get a Free Installation Disk for Windows 8: 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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This Free File Converter Even Handles Multiple Zip Formats - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
If you're a regular and frequent computer user, you'll need to use a file conversion utility. However, most of us don't need to convert files very often, so such a feature is generally best done online instead of via an installable program. Unless the data you're converting is particularly sensitive, of course. My recent favourite discovery is a site called Convert.Files . Not only can it handle a multitude of document formats, it also copes with Autocad drawing files in .DWG files. Which is not something I receive every day, but I did happen to need to open one the other day. Convert.Files switched it to PDF for me, so I could open it in a PDF reader. Convert.Files also has another trick up its sleeve. It can convert archives between common formats such as zip, rar, 7z and tar. Plus, it can also convert between a whole bunch of video, audio, presentation and ebook formats too. So next time you need to open a file but you don't have an app that can handle it, try converting the file...
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How To Protect Yourself From The POODLE Bug - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
In recent months, security bugs with names such as Heartbleed and Shellshock have been causing problems for millions of computers worldwide. The latest such bug has been named POODLE, and is the result of a security weakness in an obsolete version of SSL that is still supported by most web browers. SSL is the technology that encrypts data on confidential web pages such as password entry screens and financial data. By exploiting the POODLE bug, hackers can gain access to private data, although it's quite difficult to do and attacks are not widespread. If you're worried about this latest bug, head to this sitel for an instant test that will tell you whether your web browser is vulnerable. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Think Of It As Your Own Personal Twitter Or Facebook Clone - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
One of the internet's great strengths is allowing groups of people to collaborate and communicate across time and geographical boundaries. Social networks like Facebook and Twitter are great, but sometimes they're too social. Maybe you'd prefer your own closed, private space on a system which worked in a similar way to other established social networks but which was only open to those whom you specifically invite. Family members, perhaps, or your social circle, or those in your company or department. If this sounds like your idea of something useful, then Slack is the system for you. It's an online social network, along the lines of Twitter or Facebook, that allows you to post messages, create channels of related information, attach files such as documents and video, and much more. It's web-based, so you can access it from anywhere and there's no software to download. Though there are also smartphone apps available if you want to be available all the time. Not only is Slack really...
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A Handy Tip To Help Find Useful Online Information - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
Whatever you want, or need, to know about, the internet is probably your best place to start hunting for information. But while many people will try to advise you on what are the best search terms to type into Google or Bing, there's actually more to effective online searching than merely coming up with a good set of keywords. Here's my tip: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Nine Shortcuts to Speed up Internet Browsing that You May Not Know - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
All the common browsers have a number of shortcuts but some are not as well-known as others. Here are nine helpful browser hot keys and shortcuts that you may not be aware of. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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This list of Best Free iPad Apps now includes 132 apps in various categories. Despite more than 1 million iOS apps in Apple’s App Store available for download, we only select the best from the free ones running in full screen on your iPad, while iPhone apps running on the iPad in 1x or 2x mode are excluded from this list. http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-fr...
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Three Ways to Easily Access Your Most Recent Documents and Files in Windows 8.x - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
I noticed that this article we published in April 2014 is among the highest rated at Gizmo's Freeware so I thought it was well worth mentioning again: Do you miss having the Start menu feature “Recent Items” that used to be present in Windows before Windows 8 removed the entire Start menu? A folder with shortcuts to recently opened files is still there in Windows 8.x but it isn’t obvious how to get to it. Here are three ways you can easily see your recent items the way you used to. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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A Superb App to Help Monitor Markets (iOS, Android) - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
If you like to stay up-to-date on global business and finance news, or have even been buying shares from the stock markets as a casual trader or an investor, it is definitely worthwhile to check out what news and stock apps that can help monitor market trends or manage your investments. Among such apps, this is one of the renowned and powerful apps to use. It is a real time ticker that continuously updates news and information for all major markets in the world, and a great way to track your watchlist performance, manage stocks, currencies and more. When you first run this app, it offers a preloaded watchlist with a few items to help you start out. Nevertheless you can sign in to add stocks, currencies or other items to your own watchlist. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Website of the Week: The Story of the Web - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
This site takes a look at the defining moments in the history of the World Wide web. If you're curious about how the internet got started you'll find that and more at Story of the Web. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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