Online privacy is one of the hottest topics in computing today. Keeping your surfing habits and personal information to yourself is of huge importance to many who don’t want their identities stolen, their computers infested with adware or filled with other malware. This is one of the reasons why I like applications like Platinum Hide IP. It’s an internet privacy tool for Windows.
Platinum Hide IP can help you keep your real IP address hidden. With it, you can surf anonymously, secure all the communication protocols on your PC and provide full encryption of your online activity. With your true IP masked, your online activity can’t be tracked by others.
Platinum Hide IP helps you protect your identity. Anonymous web surfing enables you to prevent identity thieves from stealing your identity or other personal information. It keeps your computer safe from hacker attacks or other risks. Proxy lists of many countries are enabled and you decide which country should be used in the Choose IP Country window. You can check the current IP address directly.
Platinum Hide IP helps you send anonymous emails through any web based mail system such as Gmail, Hotmail, etc. You can also use it to get unbanned from any forums or other blocked websites that have ever banned you.
Platinum Hide IP does a decent job of masking your current IP address so you can’t be tracked online. The app is simple and easy to use, and is relatively cheap. However, you may find its focus limited for the price you do pay.
When a company wants to increase its profile it’s a common practice for the company to use advertisements; whether online or in print. I think it’s fair to say that generally the content of the advertisement seeks to inform the potential customer of the service that the company can provide for them. However, sometimes the thrust of an advert can be an attempt to discredit a competitor, and that’s exactly the line that Microsoft have gone down with their ‘Scroogled’ campaign.
In a nutshell, on the 7th of February, Microsoft began a campaign that was quite simply an attack on the search engine giant Google. Rather than the content of the campaign predominantly being an informative look at what Microsoft can provide for you, Microsoft were intent on letting the public know that Google uses information gleaned from the contents of customer’s Gmail in order to create advertising relevant to the customers interests. Microsoft report that Google target keywords within emails to get a clearer of idea of the kind of products that the customer may be interested in. The selling point of Microsoft’s campaign is a plea for Gmail customers to leave Google and use Microsoft Outlook instead.
Microsoft’s “Scroogled” Gmail Ad
On Scroogled.com you’ll find all the information that Microsoft has dug up regarding the way that Google uses information in order to tailor advertising. You’ll also find a petition that Microsoft invites you to sign, imploring Google to stop using their customer’s information to sell advertising space. To say that the petition isn’t going well would be a bit of an understatement: as of today Microsoft had just over 5000 signatures out of a desired 25000.
Many are questioning whether or not this was a sensible move from Microsoft. There are many that suggest that Microsoft come out of the Scroogled campaign looking pretty petty and aggressive. The overwhelming opinion seems to be that rather than discrediting Google, Microsoft should be trying to focus on selling their own product. If Outlook is that good, then it will overtake Gmail in a natural and organic way. It seems unlikely that all of Gmail’s customer’s will suddenly stop using their Gmail and switch to Outlook on the basis of a seemingly bile-filled campaign from Microsoft. It reflects poorly on Microsoft, and it makes it clear that they seem far too concerned about their competition rather than providing quality products that users want to use.
Outlook or Gmail?
These two mail clients tend to divide opinion. Only recently has Outlook emerged as a serious contender to Gmail having branched out from Windows Outlook to browser-based email. Generally, the opinion seems to be that Outlook is a far prettier email client to use; users believe that it has a more intuitive design. Outlook also seems to integrate better with most social networks. However, Gmail tends to gain the most favorable reviews in regard to the actual messaging system which is of course the bread and butter of any email client.
Protecting your privacy while surfing on line is a big problem, and something that we take seriously here at Soft32. This is the biggest reason why we like applications like Ultrasurf. It’s a privacy application for windows that helps keep your surfing habits secret.
Ultrasurf provides strong privacy protection with none of the confusing setups of other proxy tools. You’ll be ready to privately and securely surf the internet with Ultrasurf’s fast, private proxies moments after installation finishes. Ultrasurf is very easy to configure.
When you launch this program for the first time, Ultrasurf loads Internet Explorer automatically. Thankfully, it also supports other browsers. Ultrasurf has a very simple interface with Home, Retry, Option, Help, and Exit buttons. However, its golden lock icon, which showed up on our Windows Taskbar after we started the program, is a bit awkward. However, we were able to hide it.
If you like to protect your privacy or can’t access certain Web sites due to censorship, Ultrasurf will be the easiest gateway for you. It doesn’t have a lot of options, but it does what it’s designed to do.
Overall, Ultrasurf is very easy to use and page-loading time while browsing is fast. Its ideal for people who don’t know much about how proxies work. You don’t have to assign any port numbers or play with the features in order to hide your IP address. Those who are familiar with proxy servers can also change their settings manually if they wish.
Tor is free software that works to defend a user’s personal system against privacy-invading network surveillance measures, which criminally limit online freedom, reveal confidential matters and monitor private business relationships. It works in an intelligently crafted way – “bouncing” your activities around a network relay which is operated by a number of online volunteers.
Installing this software makes it impossible for Internet “invaders” to monitor which sites you like to visit, and prevents sites that you frequent from uncovering your specific location. It doesn’t really matter what you do; whether you’re a journalist, a blogger, a soldier, a human rights worker or just another citizen, Tor becomes a valuable tool.
The really fun bit about Tor is that the more the user base expands, the more the user’s level of security grows. Though the software doesn’t just automatically encode all Internet activities, the user’s security will continue to increase based on the number of volunteers that decide to help operate these relays.
This piece of software is Open Source, meaning it is completely free of any political involvement, a great way to hide your IP address, overall great proxy to achieve personal privacy on the Internet.
When it comes to achieving the basic right to personal privacy online, this software is certainly the way to go. Once you get the hang of Tor — used alongside additional tools – it becomes the best way to achieve ultimate anonymity and data sharing freedom.
Security and privacy on your computer are everything. Sometimes you take it for granted but you can never be too safe when protecting sensitive information. That’s why it’s always best to permanently delete any information on your system that you may be concerned about, and that’s not as easy as right clicking and deleting, unfortunately. Deleting a file only removes the reference for it; you need to overwrite the file to ensure that it is gone forever.
Eraser 6.0.10 is a secure data removal program that allows you to permanently erase information with just a few clicks of the mouse. With a simple drag and drop function, you can completely eradicate a file. Eraser will overwrite the file and delete it permanently in a matter of seconds.
At the same time, you can schedule files to be overwritten, which is really the only part of Eraser 6.0.10 that could be considered difficult as getting familiar with the schedule function takes a little time to get around initially. However, once you have this down you can easily set up the program to delete from particular folders at appropriate intervals.
Eraser 6.0.10 is the latest version of the software so a few bugs have been seen to and the program runs extremely smooth now. For information security and peace of mind, Eraser 6.0.10 is highly recommended.
Whilst a wireless connection is an easier and more convenient way to get on the internet, using one puts your personal information at risk of being seen by others.
Most security software just protects your device from viruses. The WiFi Protector protects your connection from hackers at all times. It uses 256 bit encryption technology, enough to protect you from identity theft and other internet crimes.
The software also hides your unique IP address, giving you anonymity and the freedom to surf the internet reassured of your privacy. With your IP address hidden you can access restricted websites censored to you in your area.
The main menu displays all the information you need to check your connection is protected. You can monitor what devices are connected to the same network as you, making sure only devices you trust are on the same WiFi connection as you. The software runs in the background of your computer, notifying you whenever a new device connects to your network.
Whilst wireless internet makes it easier for you to surf the web, it also makes it easier for hackers to access your personal information. It is vital to encrypt your information to keep it protected from others. The WiFi Protector is an easy way to protect your network at all times.
Don’t you hate it when your employer blocks certain kinds of applications simply based on file or traffic types? I know I do. I find it very frustrating when I am used to working a specific way and then have to change how I do what I do simply because an application I need has been blocked. If you find yourself in a situation like this, then you might want to take a quick look at Proxifier. It’s a multiplatform network utility.
Proxifier allows network applications that do not support working through proxy servers to operate through a SOCKS or HTTPS proxy and chains. With it, you can work with any Internet client through a proxy. You can improve network performance and ensure privacy. The app uses a flexible rule system, and has an easy to use yet powerful UI with live data.
Proxifier is a cool program that can help you route internet traffic through a single or chain of proxy servers to protect your privacy or to help you get key apps running when they might be blocked on specific networks. The biggest issue that I initially saw with the software was that it cannot be installed or used on a network that is already using proxies to govern network traffic. Those proxy settings have to be disabled before Proxifier can be installed and configured. Caution should therefore be used if you’re going to use this application at the office, as you could find yourself without any network or internet access if Proxifier conflicts with configuration scripts used in your enterprise.
Privacy is probably the biggest concern on the Internet today. Keeping your personal and private information, personal and private isn’t as easy as it used to be. The number of identity theft victims over the past couple of years alone has dramatically increased. Every person that surfs the internet should have some minimum knowledge about how their personal data can be collected every time someone visits a web page. That’s why I like utilities like Invisible Browsing. It’s an advanced privacy tool for Windows.
Invisible Browsing hides your IP address, letting you surf anonymously and preventing your IP or other confidential information from being collected without your permission. Invisible Browsing can also clean your local Internet cache, so that you don’t have to worry about other people you share your computer with snooping through your Internet traffic tracks.
Invisible Browsing allows you to change your IP anytime by routing your Internet traffic through overseas servers. All proxies are tested in advance, providing a high speed, anonymous Internet connection. The app also functions as a Proxy Driver by adapting its Internal proxy list to your geographical location and your Internet connection. There is also an option available which allows you to import and test proxy lists that you find on the web.