Secure your PC with Privazer

Secure your PC with this must have Windows utility.

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Keeping your PC safe while you use it is probably the most important thing you can do while actually using the device. Unfortunately, its one of the hardest things to do. Simply going online opens you up to all kinds of attacks, malware hacks and other nasty bugs and viruses. That’s why having an app like Privazer is so very important. It’s a Windows security utility, and its worth a bit of a look.

Privazer cleans your PC in-depth and removes unwanted traces of your activities at home or at work. You can see what can be recovered of your past activities and securely clean traces to get a PC Privazer cleans your PC and your external devices. Privazer is a smart cleaning tool that helps you master your security and freedom, free up disk space and keep your PC fit and secure.

With simply one click, Privazer is able to clean securely your browsing history and files, your registry, RAM, virtual memory file and hibernation file. It will also clean IM tracks of your computer as well. With the use of such apps (browsers, key system files and IM clients) nearly universal, this is something that everyone can benefit from.

Most security apps can do all of this. Its really nothing to write home about. However, what really makes Privazer valuable is its ability to scan the contents of your drive’s free space to see what data fragments have been left behind in what was once previously used space. The app will intelligently scan this space and can remove data traces that need to be reset to “0.” Performance of the app improves over time

Privazer is a great application that handles some very important, very complicated tasks. Having a tool like Privazer is something that every PC owner needs. The price is free and the risks of using are non-existent. If you don’t have a tool like this, then you need to give it a try. You likely will not be disappointed.

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Malwarebytes Secure Backup – Protect and backup your data

mwbrKeeping your data safe is probably the one of the most important things a computer can do. Without your data, there really isn’t a reason to have or use a computer.  Its for this reason that having a backup strategy is important.  If I were you, I’d give serious consideration to Malwarebytes Secure Backup.  It’s a backup program for Windows.

With Malwarebytes Secure Backup, your files are backed up automatically to a secure server, according to a schedule that you set. Every version of a backed up file is archived. Every backed up file that is deleted from Malwarebytes Secure Backup is archived. Every file can always be retrieved, so you never have to worry about something being lost forever. With Malwarebytes Secure Backup, your data is always, ALWAYS safe.

The app even backs up infected files; but thankfully, the app automatically scans your files with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware engine and cleans them.  Don’t worry about your data. Malwarebytes Secure Backup keeps it safe and clean.

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Many backup services backup your most current dataset and that’s about it. As items change, so does your backup set. That’s not the case with Malwarebytes Secure Backup.  It backs up and archives every version of every file on your PC.  You’re not limited by the number of devices it backup, either.  It will backup most any device on your PC or network with just one license.

If you’re looking for a backup service or thinking of making a change, then you really need to give Malwarebytes Secure Backup a serious look. Its worth the cost and the time it takes to backup the data.

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Apple Developer Website Hacked Update #1

1202275-apple-hack-hacking-pirateUPDATE:  A couple days ago, the Apple Developer Website went down for extended maintenance.  Many suspected that the site might have been hacked, but with so much going on with both Mavericks and iOS 7 development, it really could have been anything.

As I pointed out on Monday 2013-07-22, the site was actually hacked, and personal information was compromised.  While Apple has stated that “sensitive personal information was encrypted and [could not] be accessed,” their network was still breached and information was compromised and/or stolen.

Interestingly enough, the person responsible for all of this has come out and identified himself. Ibrahim Balic admitted on TechCrunch that he is the “security researcher” who conducted the ad-hoc penetration testing on Apple’s Developer website.  He said he reported13 bugs, took 73 user details – all of them Apple employees – and gave them to the organization as an example of the exploit(s) he discovered.

Balic claims to have obtained more than 100,000 encrypted user details from the site.  In a posting on YouTube, Balic attempts to explain himself, promising to delete the data that he took, while informing Apple of the pen-tests prior to the actual data “theft.”

Please note that when I tried to view the video, it was marked “private” and it would not play.

Where this goes from here, I don’t know. Penetration testing is something that most every security firm does, and one that most large organizations want completed. However, they usually retain security firms to do this, and the testing is planned, sanctioned and paid for. Balic’s “testing” appears to have been none of these things; and he may find himself in a great deal of trouble.

This story is developing, and we’ll have further information as its made available. Please watch the Soft32 blog for additional updates.

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Remember your password with Password Memory

0t_KeynoteWe are all connected to the huge www. We have accounts on websites we can’t even remember! So, tell me, if you can’t remember the website, can you remember your account details? Well, let’s say you made the account with your desired username, but on every website you made a registration; was your favorite username was available? I’m sure not. And about the password, you might want to say “I will have the same password for all my online accounts”, but now you know very well that this is a complete stupid idea, because your accounts will become very insecure and extremely vulnerable. One “smart guy” can find out your password from one website, and after that, after you worked very hard to have all your life online, your accounts can get “burned” from the ground in just minutes with irreparable effects. To avoid any of the above disasters, try out Password Memory 5.

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Many times I lost my account details, and I had to use the “reset password” function or I had accounts that I forgot even the username. So, let me tell you how I managed to keep all my accounts safe, with passwords like (723hjJdA”_sa!@@ paaKSd) that are impossible to remember. The main idea is simple. Password Memory + Dropbox = 100% security and you can rest assured. No matter what happens to your computer, your personal password data base is safe on Dropbox. And of course, if you want to access the database, you’ll need only a single master password.

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Password Memory is a 5-Star application that can help you store all your private data in one secure database. All you have to do is to remember one master password. This makes things really easy. You don’t even have to visualize the password. You just right-click on the entry you want, and click Copy Username or Copy Password in the clipboard, and you can simply insert it in the website. In case of emergency, you have a button that will lock the database in an instance, and another one that can clear the computer’s clipboard memory, so you can be safe that your password was not copied in the clipboard.
The Password Memory it’s quite handy when it comes to security. Has a nice MS-Office 2007 look, and it’s very easy to use even for a very basic user. It would have been interesting to see this application on my phone too, but for now it is available only for PC.

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FreeFixer

Keep your PC malware free with this cool Windows utility.

freefixer-01-535x535When you get malware, you have just a couple of real world possibilities: live with it, rebuild your PC, or try to remove the malware. Living with it often is something people try to do but don’t succeed at. At some point, you simply can’t take it any more. Rebuilding your PC often resolves the issues, but there’s the potential of substantial data loss. Removing the malware is often the best choice, but choosing the right tool is often difficult. When I bump into problems, I like to give FreeFixer a shot. It’s a free anti-malware tool for Windows.

FreeFixer is a general purpose removal tool. It can help you to delete adware, spyware, Trojans, viruses and worms from your computer. FreeFixer works by scanning a large number of file locations where unwanted software is known to leave traces. This includes Program Files, Startup, your browser’s plug-ins, your home page setting, etc.

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FreeFixer doesn’t necessarily know what is unwanted. Instead, it presents the scan result and it’s up to you decide if something should be removed or should be restored to their default values. Deleting the wrong file could be problematic, so you need to err on the side of caution.

If you’re unsure on what to delete, you can check additional information at FreeFixer’s web site for each item in the scan result. You can for example see what other users chose to do with the same files they found. You can also save log file of your scan result and consult the volunteers in one of the FreeFixer helper forums. However, if you’re not sure, the best thing to do, is nothing at all.

While FreeFixer’s price is right, its methods of removing malware clearly are not. While it may be worth a shot for the more advanced user, there are clearly other tools available that can provide better identification of known malware and offer to remove them as well. In this more modern age of anti-malware and security software, the hit or miss, user decides whether to remove or not methods employed here are much too primitive. Use a different app.

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Find and fix issues on your Windows PC with PCKeeper

pckeeper-iconLet’s face it – you’re busy. You have a lot going on with your kids, your job, and your online lives. The last thing you need are unsolvable PC problems to crop up to add frustration and complication to your life when you least expect it. It’s a good thing that there are applications like PCKeeper available. It’s a PC utility that can keep your PC running and running well.

Everybody has one – a go-to PC guy that can usually solve your PC problems with a couple of clicks of your mouse. The problem is, the guy has a life beyond making sure your PC is circling the while porcelain bowl of death. That’s where PCKeeper comes in.

When your PC guy is busy, PCKeeper can bring your PC back into line. With its Find &Fix feature, PCKeeper gathers your PC’s system information and sends it to a technical expert who will find and fix all security and performance issues. You can use Find & Fix whenever you want to analyze your system for security and performance issues. PCKeeper recommends that you use Find & Fix every 30 days or so.

If you have questions about what’s going on with your PC or perhaps something you’re curious about, you can try Geek on Demand. With it, you can get expert answers literally any technical question you might have. All you need to do is choose one of the suggested problem areas and describe your problem in detail. You will receive a guaranteed answer within 48 hours.

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No PC utility would be complete without antivirus, and PCKeeper is no exception. PCKeeper Antivirus protects you from all kinds of threats in your everyday life that may arise from surfing the net, sending emails, sharing and exchanging info online etc. The best thing about PCKeeper’s AV solution is that its integrated with Microsoft Security Center, making it a native Microsoft antivirus protection tool with automatic scans and daily virus signature updates.

With Files Recovery you can restore accidentally deleted documents, media and other files even if they were removed from the Recycle Bin.

When to Use It?
Use Files Recovery after you’ve lost important data due to application crash, virus activity or someone else messing with your files.

If you don’t have a PC utility that can keep your PC straight, then you need to stop what you’re doing and take a trip over to PCKeeper’s data page at Soft32. PCKeeper is an amazing application that offers a great deal more than AV and click and fix applets. Its also a great data security app that can hide files and folders, keeping sensitive information private. When you want to remove information from your hard drive, PCKeeper’s file Shredder can insure the data can’t be accessed. When you want to recover data that’s accidentally been erased (not Shredded, but erased), PCKeeper can bring it back, too. This is a must have app for your Windows PC.

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RAD Software Development – For when Management Wants it Bad

2013-02-14-13.06.17In an age where convenience and instant gratification are easy to come by, taking time to do things the right way often gets glossed over…and causes a lot of problems

I am a software QA professional. That means that I test software for a living and manage teams to do the same thing. I’m good at it; and one of the things that I’m really beginning to hate about some of the faster paced, quick turnaround software development and releases processes is that time for testing is either greatly reduced or bypassed entirely.

I’ve learned that when management wants it bad, they can usually count on those fast passed processes to deliver just that – bad, buggy software.

Here’s a very clear case in point – today The Verge reported that it had found a bug in iOS 6.1 that allowed anyone to bypass the iOS lock screen and view and modify contacts, listen to your voicemail, and browse your photos (by attempting to add a photo to the accessible contact list). It doesn’t appear as if the exploit grants access to email or the web.

The new exploit is similar to one that was discovered in iOS 4.1 that allowed access to contacts, call history and voicemail on a passcode-locked handset without knowing the numeric entry code required to formally unlock the phone. While the steps seem to be bit unusual and convoluted – a user needs to make and then immediately cancel an emergency call and then hold down the power button a couple of times – its bugs like this that completely destroy any confidence a smartphone dependent public has in a venerated company like Apple.

It also really chaps my hide.

Testing is something that many companies either bypass or greatly reduce time and resources on, as its seen as a road block to release. In fact, many modern day methodologies don’t carry a lot of support for the different types of needed testing.

System testing, or testing the entire (and just the) application as a whole, is usually supported. Integration testing, or testing the interaction of the application with other apps and systems, usually gets bypassed. Regression testing, or the reexecution of previously completed system and integration testing tests, rarely ever gets done.

…and case in point. The bug that’s referenced here seems to be some type or classification of regression bug that should have been squashed over two FULL versions ago. The fact that it’s come back, isn’t cool; and is something that Apple needs to deal with quickly.

I’ll be watching beta releases of iOS in the near future and if I find out anything interesting, I’ll pass it on.

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TuneUp360

Protect and repair your PC with this cool Windows utility.

tuneup360Taking care of your PC isn’t always easy. There’s no end to things that can go wrong. That’s why I like apps like TuneUp360. It’s a complete toolbox utility for Windows.

Half the time when things go wrong with your computer, determining the cause is most of the work. TuneUp360 makes easy work of diagnosing and fixing various system errors with its intelligent error knowledge base. With it, you can prevent computer freezes and crashes by comprehensively fixing various system errors, system conflicts and misconfigurations.

TuneUp360 protects your internet security and privacy by tuning your computer’s security settings to close up backdoors that can be hijacked by viruses, Trojans, and spyware. You can dramatically speed up your computer and internet by fixing all issues slowing your surfing down. When you’re done surfing, TuneUp360 can cover your tracks, by eliminating your browsing history and surfing habits.

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If your PC’s registry is bloated, TuneUp360’s Redundancy Cleaner can clean your computer’s unnecessary and useless registry entries. This, in conjunction with its PC Stability Checker helps improve your PC’s stability by scanning your Windows, registry and application errors. It will even help you optimize system services and release more resources for Windows and other running software.

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