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Get 100GB of free cloud storage from SurDoc

If you're looking for free cloud storage, you probably know the popular options: 2GB from Dropbox, 5GB from Box and SugarSync, 7GB from SkyDrive, 15GB from Google Drive, and so on.

Of course, these services aren't really built with backup in mind, and even if they were, that's probably not enough free space to handle your archival needs.

California-based SurDoc raises the bar by offering 100GB of free cloud storage for one year. After that, you'll pay a very reasonable $30 annually to keep the space.

Update: SurDoc has been down for the better part of … Read more

Review: Get it back with VirtualLab's powerful data recovery tools

VirtualLab is a powerful data recovery tool from BinaryBiz. The VirtualLab Windows client recovers lost and deleted data, including e-mail messages and image files, and damaged and deleted partitions, including Mac partitions and optical disks. It even recovers RAID arrays. VirtualLab comes with an online account and full support, including a Live Chat option. The latest version of the VirtualLab client, v7.0, is compatible with Windows NT to 8. We tried the full version of VirtualLab. The free trial version contains all the controls, features, and processes of the registered tool, but it doesn't recover data. It does … Read more

Scan and deliver all of your hidden files with CDS

With ever-increasing storage sizes on today's hard drives, most current PCs are capable of storing a vast amount of data. Gone are the days of backing up your files to a media disk; now you can safely stockpile all of that information on external drives and even in the cloud with services like Dropbox. But with the increasing size of our digital library, sifting through all of that data can be time-consuming. Copernic Desktop Search, one of the most popular search indexes on Download, can save you countless hours of rummaging through those old photos and MP3s by finding … Read more

How to move files between accounts in OS X

Being a multi-user operating system, OS X sequesters settings and personal data in separate home folders, which are accessed when the respective user logs in. By default, the contents of each user's folder are off-limits to another user, which is good for security but can be a burden if one user would like to share files or folders with another.

For example, if you save a Word file to your Documents folder, or even to your Desktop, then another user will not be able to access it from his account. One approach here is to modify the default permissions … Read more

How to enable FileVault remotely in OS X

FileVault in OS X is Apple's included data encryption technology, which allows for seamless encryption of the entire hard drive to secure your data in the event your computer is stolen. FileVault is generally set up in the Security system preferences, where you can enable and select accounts to allow unlocking of the disk, but if you have your Mac set up as a server and wish to enable FileVault, there are several ways you can do so remotely.

The first option is to use screen sharing, where you log in to the OS X interface to access the … Read more

Essential free productivity apps for Android tablets

Nobody's referring to tablets as glorified Etch A Sketches anymore. The devices have proven themselves many times over as first-rate productivity enhancers.

If you use your Android tablet for work, you owe it to yourself -- and your boss -- to give these five free apps a try.

Note that some of the programs are also available for Android phones as well as for the iPad, iPhone, and other devices. Several also have paid versions with more features. I tested only the free versions on a second-gen Nexus 7 running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Lookout scans for viruses, … Read more

Review: FileThis Fetch is your digital secretary for paperless statements

FileThis is a service that collects online statements and makes them available to you in one place via cloud storage or locally on your computer. The FileThis Fetch app works well with many online financial institutions such as banks and moneylenders as well as merchants and service companies. Whether you want to stay on top of personal finance or manage small business expenses, FileThis Fetch might suit your needs.

After the installation, you will be required to create a FileThis account. The free service allows up to six free connections (statements) with a paid premium option of $5/month for … Read more

PirateBrowser lets you sail past Internet censors

In the wake of the release of Firefox 23, the infamous torrent site The Pirate Bay, released its own Web browser, dubbed "PirateBrowser." The package browser is a bundling of a custom Portable Firefox Browser with the add-on FoxyProxy and Vidalia (a Tor Client).

All this work is being done with the goal of allowing the user to bypass the censor net of certain countries such as United Kingdom, Ireland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Denmark, Italy, Iran, and North Korea. The browser is portable so you can just put it on a thumb drive and take it with … Read more

Review: FileControl for Mac locates files that have been modified

Despite its easy-to-use menu and purported features, FileControl for Mac's operating problems make it a poor option for those looking to check for file modifications. The program's failure to recognize common folders made us question its overall functionality.

FileControl for Mac installs easily and requires administrator privileges in order to run. It also comes with both a manual and README file, which states that the program first installs in Trial mode and will run as such for four weeks. The README file has not been updated for some time so the users can ignore this part as the … Read more

Can FileVault be bypassed with OS X password reset routines?

FileVault is OS X's built-in data encryption technology, and when enabled, as with an unencrypted OS X volume you simply enter your account credentials to get into your system. However, given Apple supplies password resetting utilities that can change an administrative password even without being logged in, you might be concerned this will allow a bad guy to simply reset your password, bypass FileVault, and get to your encrypted files.

MacFixIt reader Fred recently wrote in with such a concern:

If I have FileVault enabled on my Mac, what prevents someone from restarting with Command-R held down, and then … Read more