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AxCrypt -- File Encryption For Windows

Windows 7 Home Premium does not include file level encryption. This is limited to the more expensive (Professional and up) versions of Windows 7. While there are a number of freeware file encryption programs, I wanted one that worked as an Explorer extension for convenience and had both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. After looking around a bit, I discovered that Windows 7 and 64-bit support was still fairly rare. Fortunately, one of the better file encryption program, AxCrypt, had a beta version with Windows 7 and 64-bit support.

TrueCrypt 6.0 -- Now With Hidden Operating Systems

I've posted about TrueCrypt before (here and here). Encryption software like TrueCrypt has become even more important with all the reports of stolen laptops full of private business data, not to mention new government powers to snoop into computers many governments around the world are giving themselves. Everyone needs a way to keep their (or their employer's) private data private.

Crawler Parental Control -- Free Windows Parental Control Software

Many parents want some way to control their children's computer use: to help prevent them from accidentally (or purposely) accessing inappropriate sites, to prevent them from using the computer to play games when they should be using it to do their homework, etc. Most parental control software is not cheap, sometimes even requiring regular fees to keep it up to date and blocking the newest obviously inappropriate sites. Crawler Parental Control is freeware from the people who make Spyware Terminator.

Comodo Firewall Version 3.0

As I'm using Linux as my primary OS, I don't pay as much attention to the latest releases of Windows security software as I used to. That's one of the advantages of Linux, it is much more secure out of the box. However, while updating my mother-in-law's computer while she was visiting this week, I noticed that there is a major new version of Comodo Firewall, the best freeware software firewall available for Windows XP and Vista according to many security experts -- the best free or paid software firewall available according to some experts.

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Truecrypt 5.0 -- Better than Ever

I posted about Truecrypt back in 2006 on the old version of this blog. A few days ago, Truecrypt version 5.0 was released with a number of nice improvements, including the ability to encrypt the boot drive. From the announcement:

Is Your PC a Zombie? (Tip)

PC Advisor has just published an article suggesting ways to check if your PC is infected with "Zombie software" that allows others to control your computer and use it to send out Spam or to attack other computers. Unfortunately, there are no surefire ways to check according to the article, but there are things you can do.  And there are things your ISP could do, if only they would.

Read the article: Find out if your PC is a zombie

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FairUse4WM Updated!

This thread on the Doom9 Forum is reporting that Fairuse4WM, a program that removes copy protection from purchased Windows Media files so they can be used on devices not approved my Microsoft, has been updated to work with Microsoft DRM up to version 11.0.6000.6324. While Microsoft apparently hates this program and it probably violates the DCMA, it restores ones ability to use one's music on the player of one's choice.

LaptopAlarm -- Protect Your Laptop (Discovery)

LaptopAlarm is a simple program that will make your laptop sound an alarm if someone tries to log off, shut it down, disconnect the power, or disconnect the mouse. While it is probably not going to stop a determined thief, it might deter someone who sees your laptop alone in the library when you stepped away for a few moments to find another book or talk to a friend.

Operating System: Windows
Price: Free
Web Site: http://www.syfer.nl/

FilterFox -- Free Content Filter for Firefox (Discovery)

While nothing can replace parental supervision, a filtering program can help prevent stumbling across content unsuitable for your child. You can pay money for a content filter and often have little control over what it filters -- some commercial filters protect from political and religious sites that upset their corporate leaders as well as from p*rn, for example.

FoxFilter is a free content filter extension for the Firefox browser that you control.

Asterisk Logger -- Reveal Passwords Behind Asterisks

Many Windows programs (e.g. CuteFTP, CoffeeCup Free FTP, VNC, IncrediMail, Outlook Express, etc.) require passwords and will save them so you don't have to enter them every time. Of course, if you entered them last six months ago, you probably do not remember them now.

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