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Signal Secure Messenger: No corporate strings attached
It’s not too often you check out an app’s homepage and see an endorsement by Edward Snowden. Yet that’s exactly what you get when you visit Signal’s page, and Snowden’s endorsement makes a lot of sense considering that this is a secure messaging app.  Unlike other secure messaging apps... Read more
LogMeIn Hamachi: Cable-free networking
LogMeIn is well-known software that allows you to access your computer from remote locations using either mobile devices or another computer. The company’s Hamachi offering is slightly less well-known, because it is tailored toward business users, but if you have the need to network multiple computers together securely as... Read more
Norton 360: Worth the price?
When it comes to protecting your PC, you can go a bit software crazy. There’s VPN software that lets you surf securely from an offsite computer; nanny software that lets parents control what their kids can access online; anti-malware software that protects against things like ransomware and phishing attempts;... Read more
Filmora 9.3: A lot of video editing tools for not a lot of cash
With video taking up more space on the internet than ever before, it’s becoming increasingly important to have a good video editor in your digital toolbox. Whether you want to improve the quality of casual videos of family and friends or move into having your own channel on YouTube,... Read more
Discord messaging app: Not just for gamers
If you’re even a moderate gaming enthusiast, you’ve likely heard of Discord, a messaging app that prides itself on near-instant voice chat as well as the ability to communicate via text and instant messaging. If you don’t game, chances are you’re thinking “Discord, what?”  While the completely free app... Read more
ZenMate VPN offers unlimited device protection
If you’re a regular reader of FileHippo’s articles, you already know that we really think you need a VPN if you have any concerns at all about being tracked or having your personal data stolen. But for those of you who might have missed it, we’ll reiterate: you need... Read more
iObit Malware Fighter strengthens its armo
Cryptojackers. Worms. Bots. Keylogers.  It might sound like the plot of the next installment in the Star Wars franchise, but in fact, it’s just a short summary of the dangers of modern computing. All a type of malware, these nasty bugs can at best get on your computer and... Read more
VEGAS Pro 17: 2020 review
According to online social media publication, Social Media Today, 78% of people watch video online each week and video streaming on mobile devices increases by 100% every year. On top of that, it’s predicted that one million videos per second will come online by 2022, accounting for 82% of... Read more
Telegram: The best free messaging app you’ve never heard of
Ask a friend about which messaging app she uses and you’re likely to hear Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and maybe Hangouts by Google (although that’s a lot less likely). But since 2013 there’s been another messaging tool out there called Telegram, which offers several key benefits over its more commercial... Read more
TrendMicro’s Antivirus for Mac goes way beyond malware
Even though Macs have a reputation for security, the number of malware attacks on Macs surpassed those on Windows machines for the first time in 2020, according to an article in Vox. So there goes the idea that if you have a Mac, you don’t have to worry about... Read more
LibreOffice 2020 review: Free and full-featured
Free software usually comes with a catch. The programs are typically only usable for a certain number of days, have limited functionality, embed watermarks, or otherwise build in limits that eventually lead you to upgrade to the full version. When it comes to LibreOffice, however, what you get is... Read more
GIMP 2020: A powerful free alternative to Photoshop
Think photo-manipulation software and you’re likely to think Photoshop. After all, the Adobe product is a true workhorse when it comes to creating graphics and editing images. But it’s also expensive. While there are other photo-editing software programs out there, one that has been quietly gaining followers for over... Read more
Audacity 2020 review: Surprising power in free software
Typically, when you download free software, it tends to have limited functionality. Either it’s not very robust or it is missing key features that are only available with an upgrade. Audacity audio editing software is the exception to that rule. With a feature set that rivals larger, costlier programs,... Read more
10 incredible series you can watch now on Disney+
Disney+ is now available in Europe too! Where exactly? In Spain, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Ireland. Through this streaming service, you’ll have access to lots of series from franchises such as Disney, Marvel and Star Wars. Here are our top picks, the shows you... Read more
Zoom Cloud Meetings: 2020 Review
In light of both the novel coronavirus outbreak and the rise of global business needs, the video-conferencing app Zoom has become wildly popular. While there are certainly other video-chat applications out there, Zoom adds in a set of tools, which, combined with the company’s renowned reliability makes it the... Read more
Hotspot Shield: 2020 Review
  While we recommend that everyone use a virtual private network (VPN) as a basic level of privacy protection, there is a problem inherent in all VPNs. Because a VPN requires you to connect to a server that’s some distance from your immediate location, and then it encrypts your... Read more
For just $20, FastestVPN protects the privacy of 10 devices at a time – for life!
When it comes to the world of virtual private networks (VPNs), one thing has been true up till now. Cheap or free VPNs provided only basic services, while more robust VPNs cost a whole lot of money. FastestVPN is disrupting this model by offering a full-featured VPN package that... Read more
5 Reasons why Babbel is the top app to learn languages
Learning a second language can help you with everything from getting a better job to having a great vacation experience. But most of us don’t have time to sit in stuffy classrooms for hours a week using old methods to try to grasp the language basics. It’s much more... Read more