Child-Proof Apps & Internet Access On Your Android Device With Xooloo App Kids

Kids these days love playing games more on smartphones or tablets than they do on video gaming consoles or PCs. Though if you're a parent, it’s hard not to get stressed about what your kid might end up doing with your phone besides playing games. Even if your children have their own mobile phone – whether an old one of yours without a cellular connection, or their own with proper calling and abilities – you wouldn't want them to surf unsafe zones of the web or use apps that may be inappropriate for them. Fortunately there are various mobile apps designed to protect your kids from potentially dangerous content, and Xooloo App Kids is an awesome free option for Android that I recently came across. It basically allows you to control the apps your kids may access, by working as a launcher replacement for your Android and letting you block access to apps that you don't want your kids to use. You can use it to block access to web browsers, password managers, some particular games that have proven to be way too addicting for them, or even YouTube. Details to be followed after the jump. Read More

URL Uncover Helps You Determine If A Shortened Link Is Trustworthy

Thanks to URL shortening and redirection services, not all links are what they appear to be. Such shortened or redirected links take you to a different URL, which can possibly be malicious in nature as well. Extensions like WOT that tell you if a site can be trusted or not can be quite helpful for regular URLs but when it comes to shortened ones, such extensions have their limitations. URL Uncover is a web service that helps you check how safe a link is without having to visit it. You simply paste the link into it, and URL Uncover will run it by the McAfee SiteAdvisor to check if the domain is a trusted one. It will also generate a screenshot of the website that the URL links to, and pull the title, description, and keywords of that page from its metadata. Read More

360 Mobile Security For Android Offers Per-App Malware Scan & Floating System Maintenance Window

Android security issues make headlines just about every day, ranging from malicious apps to data vulnerabilities and other types of malware. There’s always been some debate on whether you really need antivirus apps on mobile devices or not, and also about the effectiveness of all the security apps available on Play Store. Though the fact remains that like any computing platform, security is a concern on mobile platforms as well, and users need to take the measures to keep their devices and the data they carry secure. Previously we've covered some genuinely useful security apps for smartphones and today, we are going to take a look at another one. 360 Mobile Security is a free app available for both Android and iOS that offers an impressive range of security tools including a robust antivirus and a system cleaner. The app scans your device to provide details about what your apps are actually up to, and if they pose any threat to  your device’s security. The Android variant is quite different from its iOS counterpart in that it sports a few additional features and is more flexible. In what follows, we will be taking the former for a spin. Read More

Track, Access & Wipe Your Lost Or Stolen Android With Droid Finder

Know that feeling of helplessness when you misplace your mobile phone, or worse, have it stolen? Losing your smartphone can be scary because of all your personal data like SMS, contacts, photos, emails, and sometimes even financial information that resides on it or is accessible from it. On the flip side, you can save yourself from such nightmare by using various security features of the OS, as well as third-party apps available to enhance it. If you’re not sure where to start, take Droid Finder for a try. In case your Android phone goes missing, this app may not only help you locate your missing device, but also send you pictures of the intruder via the device’s front facing camera. It uses your Google account to monitor your device, pinpoints its location on Google Map API and lets you track it via its web-based dashboard. Read More

Free VPN Service Spotflux Brings Its Secure Browsing App To Android

A good VPN service isn't too easy to find, and finding a good free one that works well and continues to do so for an extended period of time rather than just the first couple of months after its release is near impossible. However, Spotflux has been doing all that and more. The service already has apps available for Windows, Mac and iOS, and recently, it finally released one for Android as well. The basic VPN features are free forever, but Spotflux for Android also offers several premium features that require a payment. The app comes with a ten day trial of most premium features that include bandwidth compression, blocking trackers, and keeping you safe from malware. Read More

Oxynger KeyShield Is A Virtual Keyboard Immune To Keyloggers & Spyware

Keyloggers are one of the most feared security threats on computers. They are basically hardware devices or software programs that can record all your keystrokes and are used by cybercriminals to steal personal credentials of people such as usernames, password, credit card details, bank account information and other confidential data of users. Keyloggers are quite sneaky in nature, and are often installed silently on your PC without your consent. On the positive side though, there are a few protection measures that you can employ to protect yourself from them. If you don't want your private information to be transmitted to hackers without your awareness, Oxynger KeySheild provides a robust solution. It’s a virtual keyboard designed to protect your private information from keystroke logging. Read More

Lock Your Windows PC While Also Restricting Mouse Cursor Movement

The sad truth about our digital life is that our notebooks, smartphones and tablets now carry an awful lot of information about us and are perfectly capable of revealing it to others unless we're careful. Emails, login details, credit card information, bank accounts – we now heavily rely our our PCs and gadgets to store all this information, but even the slightest carelessness in protecting this data from intruders can have disastrous consequences. If you often leave your computer unintended at public places or at work, others can end up looking at any information about you without even trying. Mouse Lock is a Windows application that aims to protect your PC by locking the mouse cursor at one place and not letting anyone move it in your absence. It locks the mouse with a custom password, dims down the rest of your screen, and more. Read More

Hide, Passcode-Protect & Backup Photos & Videos On Android With Sectos

Photos on your phone are usually only kept secure by any lock that you've placed on the screen itself. Once the screen is unlocked, your photos can be accessed easily from the default Gallery app. Sectos aims to offers security for the photos you take on your Android device (update: now available on iOS as well). Apart from letting you set a passcode for viewing the photos, the app also hides them from the Gallery and renders them inaccessible from any file manager you might have installed. Pictures can be organized into albums and edited from within the app. You can add a photo to Sectos from the app itself or from the photos app. The app automatically locks itself each time you switch to another app, ensuring no one can access your media files without entering the correct password pattern. For ease of access, the app lets you ‘call’ it, i.e., open it by dialing a number in the phone app. There is also Dropbox support to keep your secure photos backed up to the cloud. Read More

McAfee Security Innovations Binds Your Android Devices Together To Prevent Loss

McAfee is a name that many associate with security and their famous anti-virus programs. The company doesn't just make apps to keep your data safe and your computers malware-free. McAfee Security Innovations is an Android app that is a versatile set of security features for both your data and your device. The app has a ‘Smart Perimeter’ feature that allows you to connect multiple Android devices over Wi-Fi and should the two connected devices be separated by more than 30meters, either because you forgot your device somewhere or because it got stolen, an alarm sounds on both of them. Additionally, the screen gets locked and can only be unlocked with the four digit PIN that you set up when adding devices. Apart from this, McAfee Security Innovations has a ‘Data Vault’ that, with McAfee Security installed, lets you securely backup files. Lastly, it has a QR code scanner that checks if the link hidden in a QR code is safe or not before opening it in the browser. Read More

8Smoker Pro Bundles Tons Of Windows 8 Performance & Security Tweaks

It’s been over 9 months since Microsoft introduced Windows 8 to consumers. The time in between went by fairly quickly, during which loads of third-party tools and apps were developed to bring both aesthetic as well as performance refinements to the new OS, despite it being already quite smooth and snappy out of the box. 8Smoker Pro is a new Windows 8 app designed to boost the operating system’s performance in a lot of aspects. Although it looks very simple on the surface, the application carries many tweaks and performance enhancements that can optimize Windows 8 via implementing backend changes to the registry. It’s a one-click optimization tool, though not something to tinker with if you're not sure what you wanna do. Read on for more details. Read More

Kidzy Is A Configurable, Child-Safe Web Browser For Concerned Parents

Internet is a source of practically infinite knowledge and entertainment for all and sundry. Even our children can take great benefit out of it if used in the right manner and for the right purpose. But the fear of exposure to inappropriate content like pornography, online harassment, child predators etc. tend to worry people and keep them from allowing their children to use the internet unsupervised. Kidzy is a full-screen internet browser that can be employed to let small children browse the web in a secure and safe environment that isn't offered by mainstream web browsers like Firefox and Chrome. The application’s parental control features aren't very flexible, but they do ensure that your kids only get to surf the web pages that you have explicitly allowed them to. Read More

Bitdefender Safepay Is The Most Secure Browser For Online Transactions & Private Surfing

Both Firefox and Chrome are considered the big guns of today’s web browsing industry, with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer incessantly leaping behind. Even though Redmond’s offering still holds a large market share for now, Internet Explorer doesn't seem to have a bright future a head of it compared to the other two. Though apart from mainstream general purpose browsers, there are also niche browsers that specialize in a particular aspect of web browsing. Bitdefender is one of the most reputed names in the computer security industry and yesterday, they released a browser of their own that promises safer and more secure web browsing compared to any currently available option. Currently in beta, Bitdefender Safepay runs in its own full-screen, sandboxed more in order to make the activities of e-commerce, online banking and internet shopping secure, and keep users safe from hacking, phishing, tracking and session hijacking attempts that could compromise their sensitive information. Read More

[Giveaway] Clean, Monitor & Secure Your Windows System With PCKeeper

You might remember our review of MacKeeper earlier this month. The app, which carried quite the price tag, is a must-have for those who want to keep their Mac running smooth and well organized. The developers of Mac Keeper are offering the same tool for PC users as well, called PCKeeper. It's just as amazing and feature rich as the Mac app, and will cost something between $40 and $90. The app scans your system for problems and identifies them as critical or safe. Depending on the type of license you have, PCKeeper will not only identify problems with your PC, but also help you resolve them. Apart from the system scan, the app secures your system from viruses and helps you recover lost files, track your PC if it's stolen, and hide your files and folders. The app can find and remove junk files from your system, identify duplicate files, and remove any residual files left behind by apps that have been uninstalled. And finally, the app lets you manage which items appear in right-click context menus, and manage your start-up applications. Read More

Dashlane Gets Improved Desktop App UI, Two-Step Authentication & Built-In Browser On Android

Dashlane is one of the most popular password managers and security vaults for sensitive information that you enter in your browser. The service and its apps work with your browsers to save and auto-fill important information, eliminating your dependence on your browser's own password manager and auto-fill feature, which isn't the most secure place for important data and doesn't work across different browsers. Dashlane updated both its Mac and PC apps a while back, as well as its Android app. Both Mac and PC apps have had a design overhaul as well as the addition of a 'Security dashboard' that finds security loopholes or possible flaws on your system and tells you how to fix them. It's also adds 2-factor authentication via Google Authenticator. The Android app has also received two-factor authentication and in addition, now offers an in-app browser that you can sign into easily with the account information you've saved in Dashlane, and supports both portrait and landscape orientation. Read More

Encrypt & Manage Sensitive Data On Portable Or Local Drives With Protectorion ToGo

There’s always been a lot of discussion & talk about the importance of data security and how to keep your files safe from thieves and hackers lurking around on the internet. Of course, nobody wants their private or confidential information fall in to the wrong hands. Therefore, it’s better to take optimal security measures before it gets too late. Fortunately, there are tons of free and low-cost apps available at your disposal that let you store important files in a private, password-protected vault, and one such app for Windows that we recently stumbled upon is Protectorion ToGo. Even though we cannot guarantee it will dodge the top-end data burglars or government agents, it does suffice for the job for keeping your sensitive data such as bank details, passwords, login information, and other files containing private information secure from prying eyes. The freeware tool does it all by protecting it using industry-standard AES-256 bit encryption, and boasts plenty of other features as well. Read More

Easy Finder Is An Android Anti-Theft App With Remote Contacts Backup

Hop on to Google Play Store and you will find plenty of security apps designed to track your smartphone. Fresh out of the oven in this genre is NQ Mobile Easy Finder. While still being in beta, this Android app does a marvelous job of tracking your device if gets lost or stolen. The app can track your device, wipe any data stored on it, remotely snap a photo from its camera and email it to you, and more. It can also additionally back up your contacts. You can control the lost phone via your web browser by signing up for an NQ Mobile account. Read More

Hide Your Real IP Location & Browse Anonymously On Windows With SafeIP

The internet is a vast and growing community, but without the necessary measures, it can prove to be dangerous territory too, where instances of identity theft, child molestation, pornography, phishing scams and hacking occur on a frequent basis. As adults, it is our duty to keep our children as well as ourselves safe from any such malicious cyber activates. One way is stop using the internet, which isn't an appropriate measure since the medium brings with it loads advantages and benefits for us, and has become an integral part of our professional, educational and social lives. Another way is to use apps like SafeIP to protect your internet identity. The application lets you hide your real IP address and browse the web anonymously. Users can choose the fake IP location according to their liking, and switch between original and fake IP address on the fly. Read More

MacKeeper Is An All-In-One System Maintenance & Security Tool For OS X

We’ve covered a lot of small tools that help you clean up your Mac, make it run smoother, securely delete files, recover deleted file, or search for them. Though OS X does most - if not all - of these things natively, it doesn't offer as many customization options, or work as well as several third-party offerings. You can always look for apps that are meant to solve individual problems, or you could invest in an app that does everything for the right price. MacKeeper is a very famous app that acts as an antivirus and anti-theft app for your Mac. It also lets you encrypt data, recover deleted files, securely shred files, create backups, remove junk files, find duplicates, estimate the disk usage and break it down for you, uninstall apps and the many files they can sometimes leave behind, help you optimize start-up apps, and edit the default apps for different file extensions. Read More