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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
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
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
AVG Ultimate 2019 review
When it comes to antivirus software there aren’t many bigger names in the game than AVG. The developer has been around for what feels like forever and is just as comfortable protecting your Android mobile as it is protecting your Windows PC. With security threats evolving all the time,... Read more
Sophos harnesses artificial intelligence to turbocharge its free antivirus software
Disclosure: Our team is always looking for things we think our readers will value. We have received compensation for publishing this article. Since its development in the late 1940’s, artificial intelligence (AI) has been used for everything from game playing to helping to improve healthcare. Broadly speaking, AI involves... Read more
BitDefender Total Security 2019 review
In the crowded field of antivirus security programs, it can be hard for developers to make their software stand out. There are lots of credible options out there, and increasingly it is becoming easier for the discernible user to seek out all the pro level security features for free... Read more
NordVPN Review
VPNs create a secure and encrypted tunnel between your PC and the servers the VPN providers have placed around the world. These tunnels even bypass your internet service provider meaning they can provide an extremely effective way of protecting your privacy online. If the company who provides your connection... Read more
Avast 2019 Review
Going online in 2019 can be a dangerous business. With huge new modern threats like ransomware bursting onto the scene in the last few years, it has become more important than ever to deploy a robust antivirus solution on all the devices you use to go online. Even if... Read more
Report: Your phone number reveals more personal info than your name
According to a recent New York Times article, your phone number has loads of personal information attached to it.  Quite often, websites and apps ask us for our phone number when logging in or creating an account. However, by using searching for your phone number on WhitePages.com, a hacker... Read more
Siri is recording your private conversations
It’s looking like Siri is one bad apple. People working for Apple have heard users talking about confidential medical info, buying drugs, and even having sex, according to an article from The Guardian. How are they hearing this? They’re doing it through Siri! Contractors hired by Apple are paid... Read more
Android apps collect your data through hidden channels
After you tell an app that it does not have permission to collect any of your data, you expect that to be the end of the story. However, a recent article from CNN says that these apps continue to collect your information even after you told them to stop. According... Read more
How to turn on tracking prevention on Microsoft Edge
There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch, or at least so they say. When we’re browsing free websites on free web browsers, it is easy to think that the old adage doesn’t apply to you, when deep down you know that it most certainly does. The common... Read more
Over $1m paid to ransomware hackers by two US towns
More than one US town has been badly hit by hackers recently – and it’s had expensive consequences. It’s understood that ransomware attacks have seen two towns in the United States of America forced to pay out $1.1m to the culprits. BBC News joins scores of media outlets in... Read more
Chrome is tracking you to an absurd degree
Cookies make the web a little easier. If you’ve previously visited a site, it can make the return visit a little smoother. But some of those cookies can be more invasive than we’d like. According to a recent Washington Post article, just one week of desktop surfing generated more... Read more
How to make Apple’s Safari browser as secure as possible
Apple products have a much-deserved reputation for having robust protections against hackers, phishers, malware peddlers and other ne’er-do-wells of the online community. But when it comes to Apple’s web browser, Safari, it’s important to take the same steps to protect your private information as you would using any other... Read more
The Persistence of Chaos laptop riddled with malware sells for $1.3m
Would you buy an infected laptop? More to the point, would you buy one for $1.3m? We guess not, although someone just has… The Persistence of Chaos, an artwork project, saw a laptop packed with six kinds of dangerous malware. The laptop was then sold in an online auction... Read more