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Periscope Pro: Keep an eye on your domicile with this Mac surveillance app

By Dan Moren | 25 August, 2014 23:21

Maybe you're going out of town for a while; maybe you live in a rough neighborhood; maybe you just wonder what your pets are up to all day. No matter the reason, the $50 Periscope Pro (Mac App Store link) from ZipZapMac can help you keep an eye on your domicile.

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

By Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | 20 August, 2014 09:28

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.

These 3 Chrome extensions make encryption easier for everyone

By Ian Paul | 09 August, 2014 03:46

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.

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

By Hayden Dingman | 06 August, 2014 22:55

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.

Lookout Premium: Outstanding anti-theft protection for Android phones

By Jon L. Jacobi | 25 July, 2014 06:01

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.

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

By Nathan Alderman | 09 July, 2014 22:51

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.

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

By Jon L. Jacobi | 04 July, 2014 02:03

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.

Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014: Strong, but high-maintenance, security

By Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | 02 July, 2014 23:14

Ashampoo's slogan is "We Make Software!"--and they mean it. The German software company is best known for its wealth of PC tune-up tools, which include a Windows optimizer, a registry cleaner, and an Internet accelerator. Now, Ashampoo also makes a security suite--sort of.

VyperVPN: secure Internet usage with abundant international servers

By Jon L. Jacobi | 17 May, 2014 06:17

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.

OS X 10.9.3, iTunes 11.2 arrive with bug fixes, feature enhancements

By Dan Moren | 16 May, 2014 03:45

Time to take a visit to the Mac App Store's Updates tab, because OS X 10.9.3 has arrived, along with iTunes 11.2. The latest update to Apple's desktop operating system brings a number of bug fixes and improvements, while the new version of iTunes adds some enhancements for podcast listeners.

Review: Drive imaging software

By Ashton Mills | 15 May, 2014 16:46

Drive imaging is one of those essential tools that is simple in principle yet can be complex in implementation.

Tails 1.0: A bootable Linux distro that protects your privacy

By Carla Schroder | 10 May, 2014 05:48

Whatever your primary OS, Linux distro Tails 1.0 offers a plethora of security features to help you work online without worrying about privacy issues.

Review: FireEye fights off multi-stage malware

By David Newman | 05 May, 2014 22:38

You can't see some malware until it's too late. Sophisticated attacks arrive in pieces, each seemingly benign. Once these advanced attacks reassemble, the target is already compromised.

Unisys unveils invisibility cloak for network traffic

By David Strom | 05 May, 2014 20:38

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.

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

By Jon L. Jacobi | 26 April, 2014 03:54

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.

Review: 1Password 4.5 brings a mature security app into the world of iOS 7

By Marco Tabini | 23 April, 2014 00:43

In the past couple years, apps that store secure data on a Mac or iOS device have become a pretty common sight; the need for some kind of "secure vault" where you can stash everything from passwords to credit card numbers has become so prevalent, in fact, that Apple even built the ability to do so right into OS X Mavericks with iCloud Keychain.

ZoneAlarm Extreme Security: antivirus that lives up to its name

By Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | 18 April, 2014 05:34

Chances are, when you need a security suite you first look to the big players: Symantec, Kaspersky, McAfee, or Trend Micro. But Check Point's ZoneAlarm Extreme Security is a full suite that offers protection on a par with those brands: In independent tests, ZoneAlarm managed almost-perfect protection, excellent performance, and just one false positive.

Cloak: Super-secure Net connections without the hassle

By Dan Moren | 09 April, 2014 23:33

Network security is a topic that makes many people's eyes glaze over, and I can't blame them. We all rationally know that we should make sure our information is secure, but for most of us actually doing so is probably one step below flossing, or keeping track of our receipts.

Hider 2: Create a secure digital hidey-hole on your Mac

By Serenity Caldwell | 03 April, 2014 07:01

With all the NSA hooplah this past year, and mounting concerns over user security, it's not surprising that you might want to shield certain of your files from prying eyes. You can use any of a number of overly complicated solutions, including Terminal commands and expensive consultants, but software developer MacPaw wants to make it a bit easier for the average person with Hider 2 (Mac App Store link). Hider 2's normal price is $20, but MacPaw is currently offering the app for an introductory price of $10.

Password Safe: Solid management tool for technical users

By Ian Harac | 20 March, 2014 22:39

Password Safe has an excellent pedigree: The original version of this password database was designed by security expert Bruce Schneier. The current version follows the design path laid down in the early 2000s--and that's a problem, because user needs have moved on.

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