We've rounded up 20 of the best apps that will stop a tech meltdown or at least ensure that if a tech nightmare happens, it is salvageable.
13. Never forget a password again
Your web browser can save your user name and password for sites you log in to often, but you still have lots of other passwords to remember,Wi-Fi network names and passwords, computer log-ins, PINs and passphrases, even security questions and answers.
Instead of writing everything down on a sticky note tacked onto your computer monitor, lock up your store of sensitive passwords in a secure, encrypted password database. The free KeePass works in Windows, Mac, and Linux, and assigns one master password to your database. Park your passwords, PINs, and software serial numbers in your personal secure database, and save yourself the hassle of having to call the IT department the umpteenth time to reset your password.
14. Encrypt your private files
Everyone has a folder or two of private files that thieves, children, competitors, coworkers, or casual passersby should never see. Whether you want to secure your stealth startup's business plan or some personal photos, the free, cross-platform TrueCrypt encryption software is ideal for storing sensitive files in a password-protected virtual container. Only someone with the master password can open that container and read or write the files within; to everyone else, it's a nondescript single file full of jumbled-up junk. TrueCrypt can secure a single folder on your hard drive, or an entire disk - it's great for a thumb drive carrying precious data that could be exposed if the drive is lost or stolen.
15. Stream content from your PC to PS3, Xbox 360 or Wii
You don't need yet another box under your TV in the living room to enjoy your digital music and videos. If you own a games console, you're ready to start streaming media from your PC today no set-top media box needed.
16. Get your TV and music fix online
Forget basic cable or satellite - there's plenty of free TV available to watch online. If you don't want to catch your favourite shows at the channels' own websites, hit up sites such as Hulu, Joost and Comcast's Fancast to get your full-episode TV fix. Also: Stream music for free to your computer from Last.fm, Deezer or Slacker.
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