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  • Review

    Review: Avira Free Antivirus

    Posted May 2, 2012 - 12:02 pm

    Avira Free Antivirus 2012 is fast and is unlikely to scare you with false-positive warnings about legitimate files, but it is also worse than average at detecting malware, and its interface is overly complicated.
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    Review: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

    Posted May 1, 2012 - 3:24 pm

    Malwarebytes Antimalware Free 1.61 is a supplemental free product that can help bolster your existing security software. The makers of Malwarebytes Antimalware pitch it as a tool for detecting and removing brand-new "zero-day" malware, and it uses a number of different technologies to accomplish this task.
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    Review: Avast Free Antivirus

    Posted May 1, 2012 - 3:03 pm

    Avast's freebie finished second in PCWorld's 2012 free antivirus roundup. Avast Free Antivirus 7 mostly excelled in protecting against malware, it has a versatile interface, and it sped through our battery of malware tests.
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    Review: Panda Cloud Antivirus

    Posted May 1, 2012 - 3:02 pm

    If you think setting up antivirus software should be as simple as possible, Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.5 is for you. Panda stops malware well, and its extremely easy-to-use interface is great for those people who don't want to tweak all sorts of settings.
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    Review: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

    Posted May 1, 2012 - 7:41 am

    AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition was PCWorld's top pick in April 2012's Free Antivirus You Can Trust. It performed well in virtually all of the tests we ran.
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    Wipe it free: secure wiping software

    Posted April 6, 2012 - 1:01 pm

    When it comes retiring PCs at the office or at home, regardless of whether their final destination is a tip or to be sold to recover an investment, it goes without saying that a computer's drives need to be wiped. For the corporate environment, you're going to want to make sure no sensitive data is left behind however benign, and for the home you don't want leave any trace of personal details or credit card transactions that could be picked up and used in identify theft.
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    Review: 7 password managers for Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, and Android

    Posted March 28, 2012 - 4:09 pm

    1Password and KeePass lead the field in features, flexibility, browser integration, and ease-of-use.
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    Elgato's Thunderbolt SSD drive delivers speed, sticker shock

    Posted March 18, 2012 - 7:13 am

    Elgato's external SSD is the first of its kind with a 10Gbps Thunderbolt port, which enables data transfers at more than three times the speed of USB. But there are drawbacks, too.
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    Kaspersky's free TDSSKiller digs up rootkits

    Posted February 20, 2012 - 8:26 am

    Recently I spent some time rescuing my sister-in-law's laptop from some seriously nasty malware. Even after running utilities like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, then using UnHide to restore the system's missing icons and folders, something was hijacking the Web browsers. Whenever I'd click a link in Internet Explorer or Firefox (the latest versions of both, FYI), some malicious bit of code would redirect the browser to a phishing site. That's hijacking in a nutshell, and it's extremely frustrating.
  • Review

    The year's best hardware, software, and cloud services

    Posted January 9, 2012 - 7:11 am

    These 2012 Technology of the Year Award winners make life better for the people who toil in service of the enterprises.
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    Avast launches free Android security software with special features for rooted phones

    Posted December 22, 2011 - 9:43 am

    Avast Software has launched a free Android security product that combines antivirus, anti-theft and firewall components and provides special features for rooted devices.
  • Review

    CA Mobile Security app: Lots of features, but not many feel finished

    Posted November 20, 2011 - 10:12 pm

    Joining the ranks of countless other paid mobile malware apps, CA Mobile Security does very little to stand out from the crowd. The user interface is not very user friendly, and there is no help menu with which you can learn the ins and outs of the app. CA does offer free technical support if you have any questions, but most people probably won't want to call a help line in order to get a smartphone app up and running. Like most other security apps, CA Mobile Security allows you to set parental controls, backup and restore a device, and scan for malware but in the time I've spent with the app I have noticed several quirks and bugs that set it behind its competition.
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    4 valuable additions to your cloud security toolkit

    Posted October 14, 2011 - 1:02 pm

    DigitalPersona, CloudPassage, NetIQ and GlobalScape deliver unique ways of protecting cloud data.
  • Review

    Hotmail's 'graymail' filter will help you navigate email

    Posted October 8, 2011 - 6:19 pm

    All the major Web-based email services have junk mail folders and spam filters that strain out obvious offenders. Categorizing messages and filtering out those you don’t want may help, but limits control. It would be nice just to tell your email program which messages you want to receive and when--and dump the rest. Windows Live Hotmail may be coming a step closer to that, with changes announced this week.
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    Review: Norton Mobile Security

    Posted August 15, 2011 - 10:25 am

    Worried by the spate of news stories about malware targeting Android phones and tablets? There's a way to get some peace of mind: Symantec's just-released Norton Mobile Security, which promises the same type of security for Android devices that its big brother counterpart offers for PCs. (The app was previously available as a beta.)
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    Wi-Fi hard drive doesn't live up to its promise

    Posted August 5, 2011 - 2:13 pm

    The Kingston Wi-Drive is a neat idea but could do with some polishing.
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    Vulnerability management tools in a nutshell

    Posted August 3, 2011 - 2:02 pm

    Capsule reviews of Critical Watch, eEye, Lumension, Qualys, McAfee and SAINT.
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    Still awesome after all these years: 8 excellent free downloads

    Posted July 23, 2011 - 8:56 am

    Wine gets better with age. Men get more distinguished looking (or so my wife tells me). Even some cars seem to improve as time passes (I'm looking at you, 1965 Mustang). But there's nothing glamorous about old software apps, which just get less and less useful the older they get--right?
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    Cyberghost is a good free VPN in a pinch

    Posted July 21, 2011 - 11:06 am

    Worried that Web sites are snooping on you as you surf? Concerned that when you're at a public Hot Spot, such as at a café, a hacker can intercept everything you send and receive--including passwords and other personal information? Then you should give CyberGhost VPN Free a try. It creates a virtual private network (VPN) connection when you're on the Internet, so that you can be safe when you go online.
  • Review

    Find a lost iPhone: Putting tracking apps to the test

    Posted June 25, 2011 - 7:55 am

    We can't stupid-proof ourselves to prevent losing the car keys or the TV clicker, but when it comes to our iPhone, a glimmer of hope exists.
  • Review

    Do you know where your security holes are?

    Posted June 20, 2011 - 11:10 am

    We all worry that there's some lurking security problem in our servers. We do what we can, patching, following best practices, keeping up-to-date with training and news. But wouldn't it be great to have an automated tool to check our work? That's the promise of vulnerability analyzers: products that detect problems in configuration, applications, and patches.
  • Review

    New security tools protect virtual machines

    Posted June 1, 2011 - 8:00 am

    5-product test reveals differences between Reflex, Catbird, Beyond Trust, Hytrust and Trend Micro
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    How to protect smartphones and tablets

    Posted May 23, 2011 - 11:02 am

    Managing mobile devices entails a level of complexity unheard of in the traditional enterprise world of Windows desktops. MDM software needs to control devices from multiple manufacturers, running different versions of as many as five operating systems, tied to carrier networks with their own particular constraints.
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    Check Point's new security blades cut both ways

    Posted May 23, 2011 - 1:44 am

    If you're in the market for endpoint protection, Check Point's new R80 Unified Endpoint Security Management product shows promise.
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    Seven free security tools for Linux

    Posted April 12, 2011 - 3:22 pm

    One of the big advantages of using Linux is that its security tends to be so much better than that of the competing alternatives. That's due in large part to the way Linux assigns permissions, but it's also certainly true that the open source operating system is targeted by malware writers far less frequently than Windows is, in particular, simply because it's less widely used and so much more diverse.
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