Use Date Or Time With Modifier Rules To Set A Dynamic PIN – Smart Phone Lock

Locking our phone with a 4 digit PIN, or with a pattern is a common way to keep our device secure but to be fair, it doesn't take a lot of stealth to stand next to someone when they unlock their phone and guess what pattern or PIN they use. Smart Phone Lock is an Android app that locks your phone behind the same 4 digit PIN but it makes it much harder for anyone to guess what your PIN is because the app will change it every time. Obviously this sounds ridiculous because if the app is changing the PIN, how are you going to know what it is? Smart Phone Lock has two types of PINS that can be set; a Date PIN and a Time PIN. These PINs, as you can guess, change according to the current date and time. If you set a date PIN, it will change daily, and if you set a time PIN, it will change every minute. If you still think this isn't secure, the app comes with two modifiers that change the value of the PIN making it all the harder to guess. Read More

Virtru Lets You Send Secure Emails From Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo Mail

Your email account is an essential component of your online identity and yet it’s often the one left completely unguarded by most people. An email message may only be virtual but if it falls in the wrong hands, the consequences and damages can be very fatal. If you’re anything like me, you may have come across situations when you needed to send something very confidential but wondered if email is a secure enough channel. If you want to make your email message much more secure Virtru can help you out. It’s a small browser add-on and mobile app that lets you send secure emails using your existing email account and supports Outlook, Yahoo Mail, Gmail and other major email providers. Any message you send through your email address can only be viewed by intended recipients. Details after the jump. Read More

Identify Tons Of Different File Types Without Opening Them With TrID

Nothing can be more bothering than getting stuck with an unknown file type. You may have faced numerous situations when you received a file attachment from a friend or downloaded one from the internet, but you couldn’t quite guess its actual format. Perhaps, you didn’t know how to open the file or which program you needed to use? The first thing you’d probably do is Google it, but what if the file under the disguise is actually a virus? Today, I’m going to share an awesome tool that may help in such worriment. TrID is a small app that’s designed to identify unknown file types from their binary signatures with ease. Read More

Quick Crypt: Encrypt Files And Set Schedule A Delete Date For Them

File encryption is quite pivotal for protecting your data stored on computer from prying eyes. The obvious example is to encrypt those files in some way using a file encryption tool, most of which lockdown the items via password which is required when decrypting it again. From time to time, I have used several different applications that enable file encryption and decryption on a Windows computer. Quick Crypt is an interesting tool that lets you lock down individual files in the simplest fashion. Quick Crypt is a small, portable desktop tool that enables you to encrypt any file using a password and set an expiration time for that to automatically destroy it after the specified period. Read More

iLock Prevents Unauthorized Access To Apps On Your Mac, Is In Beta

There are those who prefer limiting access to their systems for various reasons; some for security, some for privacy, while others simply because they can. This pursuit of selective security has bred apps like AppLocker for Windows, and numerous apps for Android. There is even a built in security feature in Mac's Disk Utility that allows you to turn your folders into .dmg files accessible only through password. Following that inclination, iLock addresses some issues faced by those in need for security in that it attempts to create a foolproof system. The app is in beta and the beta version expires soon after so many of you will be waiting on the app to come out of beta before you can use it long term. Here's how the app fared during our tests.  Read More

Remotely End Gmail, Facebook, LinkedIn, And Twitter Web & App Sessions

I don’t always log into Facebook on a public computer but when I do, I forget to log out. Sound like you? Most people know that you should always be careful when you sign in to a public computer but there isn’t anything that can be done for forgetfulness. If you left an important personal account like your Gmail or Facebook account logged in on a public computer, there are ways to rescue yourself before your information is compromised, or before it falls into the hands of a dangerous prankster. Here is what you can do to remotely log out of your Gmail, Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter accounts and end web browser and mobile app sessions. Read More

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

Password Recovery: When Did I Create My Google Account?

I’m not going to boast about how I think of great complicated passwords for my email account, Facebook, Twitter, and the entrance to my secret lab. I am able to remember them easilt but the same can’t be said for everyone and every time I change my password (which I do regularly because security) I do struggle to recall it the first few days. But remembering passwords isn’t easy for everyone and recovering a Google Account password involves a question that one is highly unlikely to remember the answer to; when did you create your Google account? I found this out a few weeks ago when my dad who is aging well but with a poor memory forgot the password to his Gmail account. I had helped him set it up but Gmail wouldn’t let me recover it using the secondary email address. If you’ve had the unfortunate luck of forgetting your Gmail password and you need to know when you created your account, here’s two quick ways to find it. 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

CrowdInspect Scans Running Windows Processes Over VirusTotal, WOT & More

It often gets really difficult to determine which processes and services running on your computer are legitimate. While the integrated Task Manager utility in Windows does allow you to kill unwanted programs or create their dump files, it doesn’t show you the integrity of each item. Back in December 2013, we covered herdProtect for Windows, a simple tool that scans running process and startup items on several cloud antivirus engines to find inherent threats. CrowdInspect is a similar application that takes things a step further. Not only does it analyze processes against Virus Total's database, but also displays security ratings from WOT (Web of Trust) and MHR (Malware Hash Project). 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

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

TimeLock Is An Encrypted Photo & Video Vault For Android Disguised As A Clock App

Whether it’s about protecting sensitive financial information from thieves or hiding secret journals from your snoopy roommate, keeping your confidential files safe from prying eyes doesn’t require some state of the art equipment or an overly expensive piece of software. Nowadays, you can lock away sensitive files on your smartphone or tablet using the many security apps available for each platform. A new, unique addition to this genre on Android is TimeLock, a free app that lets you hide your mobile media files behind a disguise. To anyone else using your Android device, TimeLock appears to be a simple clock app, but hidden behind it is a vault for photos and videos, protected with 256-bit military grade AES encryption. It also comes with alarm functionality as well as  a 'desktop clock' dock mode. Lets take a closer look. Read More

TimePIN For Android Auto-Changes The Lock Screen PIN According To Current Time

Phones are more than just communication devices. To some, they are a safe haven for personal moments and memories, and one does what one can to protect them from unwanted eyes. There are solutions to secure certain features within the phone such as AppLock or to restrict connectivity through Internet Lock, the list goes on. New to this list is TimePIN, a free device security app that employs PIN lock in a unique manner. Read More

How To Set Your Own ‘Auto-Lock’ & ‘Require Passcode’ Time In iOS

Generally speaking, there is an inverse relationship between security and convenience. In most cases, higher security comes at the cost of convenience. Two-factor authentication on services like Gmail, Twitter, and Facebook requires you to enter two codes to get access to your own account - higher security at the cost of decreased convenience. Lock screen passcodes on smartphones can range from simple 4-digit codes to long alphanumeric passwords; in any case, you're adding an extra step to accessing your own device. A better balance between the two aforementioned properties, but still far from perfect. iOS comes with two useful settings to reduce the time or steps required to get to the home screen: 'Auto-Lock', and 'Require Passcode'. Apple has included 4-5 predefined options for these in Settings > General, but if you want to have full control over them, you're out of luck... unless you have jailbroken your iOS device. 'insanj' has come up with two tweaks - LongerAutoLock and PassTime - which allow you to set a custom time for Auto Lock and Require Passcode options, respectively. Read More

Quickly Switch Between Over 30 Popular DNS Servers From Windows System Tray

"How does the internet work?" You often get asked this question from your non-geek friends who spend half their time on Facebook or YouTube. While understanding every aspect of how it works isn’t as simple, there are certain technologies powering our world wide web that every internet user should know of. One of the them is the Domain Name System or DNS. Simply put, when you type a URL like Google.com in your browser’s address bar, it’s converted by your ISP’s DNS service into an Internet protocol understandable by computers and devices connected to the network, which determines how data is moved from point A to point B. Most people use the default DNS provided by their ISP, but if you’re facing issues with it, then one solution is to swap it with another one using a tool like ChrisPC DNS Switch. It’s a Windows tool that carries a huge list of presets from popular DNS servers that you can switch to, and allows power-users to specify custom DNS servers as well. 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

herdProtect Scans Running Processes & Startup Items With 68 Cloud Antivirus Engines

The discussion on whether one should use multiple antivirus or anti-malware programs to protect their computer has been part of many debates. Most security experts believe that you don’t need to install many security programs to keep malicious threats at bay, and that doing so would instead create various conflicts between them, making them less effective. Recently though, cloud-based virus scanners like Virus Total and Metascan have surfaced as better alternatives to using more than one anti-malware app. These services allow you to scan suspicious files through a series of tests using a host of antivirus engines by uploading the files to a cloud server. If, instead of scanning your individual files one by one, you want to scan your PC this way, herdProtect is what you’re looking for. This Windows app checks your PC with 68 anti-malware engines and warns you if any threats are found. Read More

Locate, Ring, Wipe or Erase One Android Device From Another With ADM

Have you ever been mugged or accidentally lost an Android device? Like everyone else, Google also knows that the smartphones and tablets can easily be snatched by people who shouldn't be allowed to roam free on the streets, or simply slip out of your pocket or bag while at bars, parties, cabs or even just walking down the street. To address this, the search engine giant introduced its Android Device Manager feature online that allowed users to remotely locate, ring, lock or even wipe their lost or stolen Android device from a web browser. To compliment the service, Google has now released a new app called Android Device Manager that lets you do the same from Android. This can prove to be very handy if you still have another Android device such as your tablet handy after you've lost your phone (or the other way round). At its core, the app does most of the things that Apple’s Find My iPhone service does, but for Android. Read More