This year has given us plenty of reasons to question the efficacy of our Internet security: Heartbleed vulnerabilities, Target and Home Depot customer data leaks, celebrity iCloud photo hacks, attacks on Sony. While companies batten down their Web servers, you can protect your computer and phone with a security app -- but with so many options, how do you choose? We've reviewed all of this year's major antivirus and security updates, and now here are our recommendations for the apps that will work best for you, whether you're running an old version of Windows or need remote … Read more
This has been a banner year for big-budget horror games: Guillermo del Toro and Hideo Kojima's widely acclaimed Silent Hills P.T. Demo, Resident Evil veteran Shinji Mikami's The Evil Within, Ridley Scott's Alien: Isolation. But indie shops are on the scream team, too -- check out our picks for the top 5 most terrifying of 2014.Lurking ( Windows, Mac)
In Lurking, you must escape an asylum and avoid capture by the twisted residents, using only your hearing and wits. You must rely on echolocation, each sound you make revealing more of the world you're … Read more
If your system crashes and your entire iTunes library vanishes, you may think that your music, videos, and photos are gone for good. But before you excavate your CDs and photos from storage to re-rip and re-scan, check out these top five apps for restoring your files with just one click.Sharepod ( Windows, Mac)
Sharepod transfers your tunes, videos, podcasts, and photos from your iPod, iPhone, or iPad to your Windows or Mac computer with just one click -- for just $20. You get 50 transfers for free before purchase. Sharepod also comes with a helpful database backup should anything … Read more
Intego VirusBarrier X8 for Mac builds a line of defense against viruses, Trojans, and other forms of malware online and offline, having the capability to do both on-demand and scheduled scanning. Overall, it's a potent antivirus, but not the most accessible.Pros
Minimalistic and intuitive interface: Intego VirusBarrier X8 takes out the difficulty of configuring and using a malware protection software -- you can just drag and drop folders you want to scan to the left side panel of the application's main interface. All the essential settings for real-time scanning and scheduled scanning are available at the bottom … Read more
iTools (OS X) for Mac enhances PowerPC-based Macs with Apache Web servers, OpenSSL libraries, and a Perl interpreter, and also adds support for the webDAV and FTP protocols. One thing to note is that this freeware is written exclusively for PowerPCs and not Intel computers, meaning it will not run on modern hardware without some sort of an emulator like Rosetta.Pros
Straightforward setup: Following an installation wizard that requires both an administrative password and a restart, iTools (OS X) for Mac asks you to provide a remote server URL, a username, and a password.
Easy log-in: The app integrates … Read more
Live for Mac stands out as an excellent audio production and recording software that packs all the essential features you'd expect from an application of its kind and comes with a multitude of instruments, sound effects, kits, and loops.Pros
Arrangement and Session views: These two ways to work with Live for Mac offer noticeable convenience: The Arrangement view for recording and mixing music has the usual look and controls of other music production software, while the Session view is great for playing live music or doing improvisations. Shortcut keys enable you to easily access the different functions available.… Read more
A feature-rich screencasting application, Mac Screen Recorder Studio offers reliable screen capturing and video editing functions through an easy-to-use interface. It can help you make video tutorials, training videos, demonstrations, and presentations.Pros
Full-featured video software tool: Mac Screen Record Studio acts as a full-fledged video software that does not only record your Mac's screen or videos captured with your computer's camera, but also edits video files saved on your hard drive.
Clean interface: The compact interface makes it easy for you to access different functions without having to dig down into menus or tabs. You will see … Read more
A light iTunes utility, DesktopLyrics for Mac makes it easy for you to sing along with the lines of songs you listen to on iTunes. It's not quite a karaoke machine replacement, but it's a good little app that can help you memorize lyrics and avoid the embarrassment of singing misheard lines.Pros
Customizable lyrics and song information: With DesktopLyrics for Mac you can adjust the font size, color, and shadows of the lyrics. You can also display the album art as well as details about the currently playing track.
Multiple page display: If you have lyrics that … Read more
mSecure for Mac serves as a protected repository for log-in details, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, and other similar information that should be readily available but protected from unauthorized access. This standalone application comes with 256-bit Blowfish encryption.Pros
Highly intuitive user interface: Since every function is presented neatly, using mSecure for Mac is a breeze. You can organize your information into groups and conveniently mark your "favorites," as well as use different icons to find entries more quickly.
Powerful search function: You don't need to go through folders or hierarchies to find your stored data.… Read more
NTFS-3G for Mac adds drivers to your OS X installation that allow you to read and write to NTFS-formatted thumb and external hard drives as if you're using a Windows machine. The software comes free of charge and features several advanced options such as caching and filename normalization. Overall, it performs well, with speeds approaching those you would get in Windows.Pros
Quick: We transferred a 700MB file in 45 seconds on a Mac, and the same file in 42 seconds using the Mac's Bootcamp installation of Windows.
Neat preference pane: NTFS-3G for Mac provides a clean and … Read more