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Six browser plug-ins that protect your privacy

It's no stretch to say that ads are what make the Web go 'round. The content you're reading right now? Paid for by ads. Google, Facebook, Pandora, YouTube? Driven by ads. This is not a new concept: TV and radio have relied on commercials since their earliest days. Because, let's face it, <em>something</em> has to pay for all the free programming and services.

Rick Broida | 17 Oct | Read more

D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug review: Exceedingly basic home control

Plug D-Link's DSP-W215 Wi-Fi Smart Plug into an AC outlet and you can use your smartphone or tablet to monitor and control any device that you plug into it--locally or from wherever you have Internet access. You can also integrate the Smart Plug into D-Link's broader Connected Home Platform. But since it's designed to control anything from a lamp to an oscillating fan, control is limited to turning the device on or off. It can't do other useful things, such as dimming a connected lamp.

Michael Brown | 30 Sep | Read more

Bitdefender Internet Security 2015: Solid, low-maintenance PC protection

Historically, Bitdefender has ranked as one of the best performing antivirus programs, and its Internet Security 2015 security suite ($60 for one year of protection on one PC) keeps it near the top of the heap. If you don't need the extra features--secure cloud storage or anti-theft protection for mobile devices--that are increasingly being offered as part of "total security" packages, then this suite will ably secure your PC with little to no input from you.

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | 20 Aug | Read more

These 3 Chrome extensions make encryption easier for everyone

Thanks to the fallout from the revelations about the U.S. government's surveillance tactics, people are starting to take interest in using encryption tools for keeping email, files, and instant messaging private. Just recently, Yahoo said it would build encryption into Yahoo Mail and Google is doing something similar with Gmail.

Ian Paul | 09 Aug | Read more

Matias Secure Pro wireless keyboard review: A power tool for the paranoid

The wireless Matias Secure Pro keyboard's number-one claim to fame is its 128-bit AES encryption. I'll get into that later. My favorite feature is that it's quiet. You'd hardly know this was a mechanical keyboard from the sound it makes. It's close to the volume level of a typical membrane keyboard, if a little sharper or clickier at times. You could use this board in any office or in a bedroom without disturbing a soul.

Hayden Dingman | 06 Aug | Read more

Lookout Premium: Outstanding anti-theft protection for Android phones

Android security suites generally have a lot of tricks up their sleeves, but Lookout Premium has taken it up a notch with anti-theft and recovery features. The program's variety of email alert settings is without peer. That said, the latest results from AV-TEST pegged Lookout as below par in malware detection and perhaps too aggressive in picking out suspect software.

Jon L. Jacobi | 25 Jul | Read more

AirBeam Pro 1.5 review: Turn your Mac and iOS devices into a home-surveillance system

Editor's note: The following review is part of Macworld's GemFest 2014. Every day (except weekends) from July until September, the Macworld staff will use the Mac Gems blog to briefly cover a standout free, low-cost, or great-value program. You can view a list of this year's apps, updated daily, on our handy GemFest chart, and you can visit the Mac Gems homepage for past Mac Gems reviews.

Nathan Alderman | 09 Jul | Read more

Apricorn Aegis Padlock DT review: Capacious, secure storage for your desktop

If you're looking for secure storage with lots of capacity for your home or workplace, Apricorn's Aegis Padlock DT is a good place to start the search. This 3.5-inch external hard drive is relatively affordable--for the secure storage market, that is. It's FIPS 140-2 certified and can be administered via an on-board keypad. That makes it more versatile than solutions that rely on client software for encryption and access.

Jon L. Jacobi | 04 Jul | Read more

VyperVPN: secure Internet usage with abundant international servers

If you read our recent Freedome review, you know the reasons you might want to utilize a VPN (Virtual Private Network): privacy and spoofing your location. Freedome proved good at both, but VyprVPN from Golden Frog is in another class when it comes to location spoofing, with servers in 38 separate countries, including a small-fry like Luxemborg (sorry Luxemborgers...). You can pretend you're from almost anywhere with VyperVPN.

Jon L. Jacobi | 17 May | Read more

Unisys unveils invisibility cloak for network traffic

If you are ultra paranoid, what could be better than hiding your network traffic in such a way that no one could possibly intercept it? This is what Unisys is offering with its new Stealth appliance, which could make man-in-the-middle attacks and keylogger exploits obsolete, or at least more difficult to mount.

David Strom | 05 May | Read more

F-Secure Freedome review: VPN and security for mobile devices

With the mobile, connect-to-any-Wi-Fi-you-can-find lifestyle comes a certain amount of risk. It's not a simple deal, but unscrupulous types can hack unencrypted communications between your mobile device and Wi-Fi hotspot or routers. That's where F-Secure's Freedome--a combination of VPN (Virtual Private Network) service and malware protection for your iOS or Android device--steps in.

Jon L. Jacobi | 26 Apr | Read more

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