Privacy Eraser Cleans & Optimizes Your PC, Securely Shreds Files

Windows and the applications that run on it have a tendency to store temporary data. All web browsers, for instance, automatically save cookies and browser history information to reduce webpage load times. Other programs also sometime save various preferences and settings leading to a slower system and putting one’s privacy at stake. Privacy Eraser is a Windows tool that helps you optimize and protect your system by cleaning up all such traces and past computer activities. The program is very easy to use, sports an excellent UI, and comes in two different variants. Let’s take a closer look at its free version. Read More

Disable And Manage Photo Tagging On Twitter

Twitter is slowly, and steadily adding Facebook-like features and the latest feature the micro blogging site announced was the ability to tag photos. At the same time, Twitter announced that users could now send up to four photos in a single tweet. While the increased number of photos that can be tweeted at a time are a reason to rejoice, anyone who has been tagged in a photo on Facebook will have natural concerns on what this new feature means for their privacy and if it can be turned off. The good news is that the new feature comes with privacy options to control who can tag you. The feature can be disabled altogether to prevent spammers and users you do not know from tagging you, or it can be limited to just the people who you follow. Read More

Selectively Lock Android Apps In Multiple Ways With Lockdown Pro

As we are trusting our smartphones more and more with our private data, it is becoming increasingly important to take the necessary measures for keeping that data out of reach of prying eyes. Just a few months ago, we took a look at five great tools for password-protecting apps on Android, but the app that we’re about to take for a spin today has what it takes to give them all a run for their money. Aptly named Lockdown Pro, this awesome app offers basic as well as advanced app locking features for newbies and seasoned users alike, and looks great while at it. Featuring multiple PIN & pattern options, geo-fencing, stealth mode to conceal the app’s very presence, and several great-looking themes for the unlocking screen, this should be a must-have on every Android phone and tablet out there. And best of all, it’s completely free, without even any ads! Read More

View The Countries & Organizations Android Apps Send Data To With viaProtect

Following numerous leaks and revelations about NSA's 'PRISM' internet surveillance program and other similar projects by international security firms, it’s become almost unthinkable to browse the web without some form of protection. On Android, there are already numerous ways to check what apps are sending or receiving data from the web, but the new app viaProtect goes a step further. The app - which is still in its preview stages - shows you the countries and services that each app's internet traffic is going through, along with other security information and an overall security risk rating for your device. Read More

Disconnect Search Comes To Android; Allows Tracking-Free Google, Bing & Yahoo Queries

If you talk to people about NSA’s PRISM program, most will seem disinterested, probably because they fail to realize how much of their data is being monitored. Though, if you're like me, all the hullabaloo that the program's outing caused must have scared you. After all, it is believed to be collecting and analyzing data from pretty much every tech giant (Google, Facebook and the like), and could be listening in on your phone calls, monitoring your emails or checking in on your cloud drives. In October last year, the folks behind Disconnect – a Chrome and Firefox extension that blocks online data tracking – released another tool for the same browsers to protect your privacy while using search engines. Their latest solution, called Disconnect Search, has made its way to Android with the aim to provide a safer search environment on your mobile device by masking your IP address. Read More

Get Complete Control Over Internet Access For Android Apps With NoRoot Firewall

Android is much less restrictive compared to iOS and Windows Phone. It actually allows users to do a whole lot more than what most would need, which even includes things like configuring how the apps installed on your device link to the Internet. The default Android firewall does quite a good job of blocking incoming attacks from the web, but it’s not the definitive solution to keep your data safe from intruders. Also, deciding which apps can (or can’t) go online isn’t configurable under stock settings. Grey Shirt’s NoRoot Firewall app for Android aims to resolve this by giving you complete control over each app's access to the Internet, and allowing you to filter the traffic by routing it through a VPN connection, all without the need for root access. Read More

ZDlock Is An Android App Locking Solution From The ZDBox Team

We all have a list of apps that we prefer to keep away from prying eyes while using our mobile devices in public. This could include social media and messaging apps, any app that can carry out financial transactions, your favorite email client, the list goes on. Most users resort to locking the entire phone down with a pin, password, or pattern lock, which quickly becomes an extra chore. For those who'd rather not enter a passcode every time they unlock the device, there are apps like ZDlock. This no-frills app by the team behind ZDBox helps you lock down specific apps using three different methods. Details after the break. Read More

ExtShield Helps Protect Chrome From Malware & Adware Extensions

In a recent report, Google removed two extensions named 'Add to Feedly' and 'Tweet this Page' from its Chrome Web Store after it found they were delivering malware to their users. The extensions in question, which were initially safe to use by anyone before being bought by anonymous third-parties from their original creators for undoubtedly a lucrative sum of money, began showing ads and affiliate links on all web pages a user would visit. What's even worst is the fact that these advertisements were opt-out (turned on by default) rather than opt-in. Sadly, there’s currently no official feature in place that would protect users from distribution of such extensions in the future. However, a new extension by the name of ExtShield has been created in response to this report, in order to protect your browser from malicious extensions. Read More

Review & Manage Web Services Permissions For Your Major Accounts With MyPermissions Cleaner

Every time we get on the internet, we put our privacy at stake, owing to the fact that the very services we heavily rely on are leaking our private info to third parties. That the data is mostly mined by marketing companies for advertisement purposes, or lately by intelligence agencies like NSA for mass surveillance of internet users. Though recently, a new breed of personal data collection has emerged in the form of app permissions. If you've ever used cloud services like Dropbox or SkyDrive and social network such as Facebook and Twitter, and have linked one of your accounts to a new web app, you might already be aware what app permissions are. MyPermissions Cleaner is a web service with a Chrome extension and apps for iOS and Android that lets you quickly clean up any previous app permissions of web apps that you may have granted during sign up process. Read More

How To View And Delete Google Location History

I love traveling so much that I often find myself journeying places that I have no clue about. And one gadget that always proves handy in my trips, be it on foot or in my car, is my Android phone. Whenever I find myself isolated, that nifty Google Maps app instantly comes to the rescue. But recently when I found that Google has been tracking my location – okay, maybe I’m a bit late to the party – it creeped me out a bit. If you are also using a Google device or service (which most of us are, these days), than odds are the search engine giant might be tracking your location data too, especially using a Google Map featured called Google Location history. Fret not though - Google lets you disable it if you want. In this short guide, I will explain what Google Location history is and how to keep it from recording your location info. Read More

Trunx Offers A Secure, Private Way To Back Up iPhone Photos To The Cloud

Since people started realizing the full potential offered by cloud storage, backing media up on cloud services has gained a lot of popularity. Services like Dropbox, Skydrive, and even Instagram are widely used to make sure that the photos you take over time are available across different devices and don’t take too much of your local storage space. Since smartphone cameras have recently become the biggest source of images stored on the cloud, it makes sense that many apps focus on streamlining the process of syncing media between phones and cloud services. Some apps like Cloudy Exporter are designed to make use of Apple’s own iCloud, while others rely on third-party services, QuickShot being a good example. Trunx is one of the few apps that come with a cloud space of their own. Anyone who has a lot of pictures in an iPhone is sure to appreciate the convenience and simplicity on offer in this app; you don’t have to do much before Trunx starts populating your account with photos gleaned from the device’s memory. Read More

How To Bring Back App Ops To Android 4.4.2 KitKat

Recently, Google started rolling out the Android 4.4.2 update to Nexus and Google Play Edition devices, and along with fixing a few issues with KitKat, this update seems to have altogether removed the hidden App Ops feature introduced in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. For those unfamiliar, App Ops was basically a settings activity that wasn’t directly accessible via the stock Settings app but could be brought up using other methods and third-party apps, and it allowed users to change permissions of all the installed apps individually, enabling them to grant them some permissions while deny them others. Despite Google’s reasons that it was an experimental feature without any aim for release due to issues caused when apps lose certain permissions that they require to function, its removal was received with a lot of criticism, as it provided power users who knew what they were doing the flexibility of choosing the permissions their apps get, while not being accessible by novices in the first place. If you have a rooted Android 4.4.2 device and want to get the feature back, App Ops for Root takes care of it for you. In addition, the app also lets you easily launch the feature on Android 4.3 till 4.4.2.

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‘Have I Been Pwned?’ Helps You Find If Your Account Info On Hacked Websites Was Leaked

Website hacks aren't news; almost every other day, a major website getting hack makes headlines, with thousands, and at times even millions of user account details falling in the wrong hands. There’s been a number of high profile system breaches lately against internet juggernauts like Gawker media, Sony, Facebook and Yahoo. In case you've had accounts on these services and have been wondering whether you've been among those unlucky ones whose personal information was leaked or compromised during those attacks, there’s a new web service called Have I Been Pwned? that can help you out instantly finding it out. Details just past the jump. Read More

5 Best Free Tools To Lock Or Password-Protect Apps On Android

The security of a smartphone is something that should be taken very seriously. Android OS does allow users to add a passcode lock to the lock screen, but many users find it very inconvenient and would rather risk their data getting into the wrong hands than enter the PIN or pattern lock every time. Majority of us use email and other messaging apps on our mobile devices, which contain sensitive data that we wouldn't want others to access. What if you could just password protect specific apps such as Gallery, Messages, etc? The Google Play Store has some decent tools that password protect specific apps so you don't have to lock the entire device. Past the break, we've compiled a list of some of the best apps from this genre. Read More

Get A Free VPN Right Within Chrome With Spotflux Safe Browsing

Many of us surf the internet on unsecured Wi-Fi or wired connections, completely unaware that our data can easily fall in the wrong hands. If securing the network that you're using isn't an option for you because you have to rely on public and open networks a lot, using a VPN is highly recommended to keep your traffic encrypted and secure from prying eyes. Virtual Private Network (or VPN, for short) provides you with a secure channel that emulates a physical private network for your online communication, while still utilizing your existing connection, and you can access files and resources through the VPN as if you were accessing them over your secure, private network, rather than on the physical network you're using. This way, using a VPN can also be a solution to accessing online content otherwise not available or blocked in your country. Many VPN apps either come as desktop clients or web-based dashboards, but Spotflux Safe Browsing aims to provide VPN tunneling right in your Google Chrome web browser. For those unfamiliar with the company, Spotflux is a very popular name in the VPN arena that already offers desktop and mobile apps of the service. Read More

CyberDragon Is A Portable, Privacy-Centric Web Browser With An Anonymous Proxy Fetcher

The web can be a dangerous place. Malware can infest your computer, while hackers can steal your confidential data, crack your passwords and do a lot more damage to your life than you could imagine. We usually presume that our web browser that we use to surf the internet is safe – how wrong we are. This tantalizing prospect is exactly what CyberDragon aims to resolve. The open source web browser is designed as a secure medium of browsing the internet, so no one can track your online presence, intercept your sessions, and monitor your browsing habits. It lets you privately browse the web by blocking internet trackers, disabling cookies that do not have secure HTTP attributes, controlling proxy settings, and some other security features. Read More

Easily Password-Protect & Hide Folders Without Installing An App

Keep your computer locked when not in use and chances are unlikely that someone’s gonna tinker with your confidential data. But one can't be too careful, and may end up leaving an unlocked computer unattended at times, especially when it's a shared computer used by different family members. In such cases, application that let you lock specific folders can come handy? When it comes to finding a good application for the purpose, portability is often an attribute users seek, especially for locking folders on their thumb drives. Anvide Lock Folder is a portable Windows application built for that very purpose. It allows you to hide or lock multiple folders via a master password. You can use it on your hard disk, or place its tiny executable on a USB flash storage and slip it into your pocket for keeping your files secure on the go. From its intuitive UI to its easily understandable set of options, the tool keeps things dead simple. Read More

Drag & Drop Files & Folders To Securely Delete Them From Your PC

When you delete files in Windows, they are actually not completely erased ; only the links to where the files are located on your hard disk are removed from the operating system. So, even if you delete everything personal from your computer before selling it to someone else, it will not be enough to make sure your data has been permanently erased from that disk. The best method to permanently get rid of that data is by using a file shredder. File shredders come in a variety of shapes and sizes, all of which have one basic purpose: to permanently wipe files from the hard disk itself by rewriting blank sectors on it. Previously, we've covered a lot of file shredders for Windows such as Moo0 File Shredder, EraserDrop, Freeraser etc. Securely is another such user-friendly tool that sports an intuitive design and offers a variety of shredding methods. Read More

Visualize How Websites Track You In Real-Time With Mozilla’s Lightbeam For Firefox

If you're a tech savvy internet user, you're likely aware that the websites you visit might track your browsing habits in order to present you with information custom-tailored to you. While browsing the web, the digital footprint you leave behind is used by advertisers to discover what your interests are, and in turn, lets them display context and interest-based advertisement on websites you visit. But recently, online transparency has become a highly debated issue after shocking revelations of NSA’s project PRISM, which involved many tech giants providing the National Security Agency with access to your private data. In the wake of it, Mozilla released Lightbeam for Firefox that aims to help illuminate invisible connections that intervene in your digital life. It reveals information to you about third-party sites that are watching your online activities as you browse. Read More

Hands-On With Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware App For Android

Anti-malware applications have long held a place of importance on PCs. Recently, however, mobile operating systems have also seen increased popularity of such apps, mostly because Android has become an even bigger target for a multitude of threats trying to steal sensitive information present within smartphones and tablets. Quite a few big names have already jumped onto the mobile security bandwagon, and the latest to join the fray is Malwarebytes – a well-regarded PC security provider – that recently released Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Android, it's first mobile security solution. Read More