Protect your PC with these free apps
Don't leave your PC exposed and vulnerable, protect it instead with these 15 free products that will save you from malicious software and eavesdroppers.
Password theft is one of the greatest privacy dangers that an internet user faces online. With the following downloads, you'll be able to keep your passwords private and yet still keep track of them.
KeePass Password Safe
Most people have dozens of passwords that they use for websites, webmail, cash machines and more. They have become a fact of automated life. But it doesn't matter how much antivirus software and antimalware you use; if your password is stolen, you're in trouble.
KeePass Password Safe offers a simple way to keep track of all your passwords while keeping them safe. It lets you store all of your passwords in a lightweight, simple-to-use database, and it encrypts the database so that only you have access to it. You can lock it with a master password or with a file key.
The program stores all of your passwords in groups, so you can quickly find the one you want. And the program lets you easily drag and drop your passwords, copy them to the clipboard, and paste them into a web page or an application using a hot-key. You can also search for passwords, and print and export them in various formats, including CSV, HTML, TXT, and XML files. You can import them, too.
The application can generate hard-to-crack passwords for you, as well, a nice extra for people who want to make their passwords extra secure.
One of the biggest dangers you face online is theft of your user name and passwords for logging into commercial websites (such as banking and financial sites) and web-based email accounts. A criminal who steals that information could empty your bank account and use your e-mail address to pose as you.
This add-in to Internet Explorer and Firefox promises a simple way to keep you safe. As you type your password, KeyScrambler Personal scrambles it so that the information sent out over the internet doesn't match what you type. That way, a lurking crook won't be able to steal your private information.
A small icon sits at the bottom of your screen, telling you that KeyScramber Personal is going about its work. As you type, you'll also see the scrambled text that the program is sending.
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