privacy

DoNotTrackMe for Firefox review

DoNotTrackMe gives you control over your online experience with its vital security features and privacy options, but this may come at a price of reduced browsing speed. Its unobtrusive design makes using this application easy, and its blocking tools are some of the best on the market.

Pros

Helpful and informative: DoNotTrackMe offers explanations for why services are being blocked and how they may be harmful. Its online guide and blog offers assistance on securing your identity through other means, which displays the helpful nature of this program.

First-rate toolkit: The blocking software of this application, with its customizable blocking … Read more

DoNotTrackMe For Chrome review

DoNotTrackMe is a helpful and integral application that prevents online trackers from collecting your data while your surf the web. Neatly blending in with Chrome, this add-on gives you control of your browser and provides security tools to protect your personal information.

Pros

Awesome performance: Upon loading a new Web site, we noted that DoNotTrackMe's blocking capabilities were fast and reliable. While most tracking services are blocked with this program, an innovative feature suggests which trackers may be beneficial for you, preserving your online experience.

Privacy protection: Aside from blocking trackers, DoNotTrackMe also masks your personal email address from … Read more

Advanced Uninstaller Pro review

Advanced Uninstaller Pro has been protecting the files of Windows PC users for more than 15 years. This powerful free tool provides a range of options for permanently deleting sensitive files, cleaning your Registry, optimizing and backing up your Registry and Windows core files, and removing unwanted software from your machine. When a program just refuses to leave, this is the software to get rid of it.

Pros

A plethora of free tools: Advanced Uninstaller Pro has dozens of powerful tools that you can use for free with your personal license. The General Tools menu features Startup and Services Manager … Read more

DoNotTrackMe for Safari review

DoNotTrackMe for Safari integrates with the Safari browser on your Mac to help you protect your privacy while you're online. You can use this service to block trackers, or you can mask your phone number, credit cards, and email address.

Pros

Great installation: All you have to do to install this app is download it and click one button. It completely integrates with Safari on its own and is immediately available to use.

Intuitive controls: The dashboard for DoNotTrackMe is straightforward, with a box for each type of protection you can turn on or off. Selecting one takes you … Read more

HTTPS Everywhere for Firefox review

HTTPS Everywhere enhances your Web-browsing security by forcing your Firefox browser to operate in the HTTPS secure encrypted mode. It works invisibly for HTTPS-enabled sites, cooperates with Tor, and allows you to write your own rulesets in XML to better automate the switching of specific sites to their secure version.

Pros

Invisible: We installed HTTPS Everywhere almost instantly and were able to enjoy increased HTTPS security for popular sites like Facebook, Twitter, and 500px. We got into the good habit of checking for HTTPS in the address window even when we were not entering sensitive data for online sales.

Rulesets: … Read more

Reset the Net for privacy

On June 5, Internet freedom fighters want you to stand up for your privacy and pledge to Reset the Net.

The campaign opposes mass government surveillance like the NSA's. Reset the Net wants sites and mobile apps to commit to using SSL, and encourages individuals to sign the pledge and download a collection of privacy tools and tips. Groups ranging from the EFF to Reddit have pledged support.

Fight for the Future is behind the campaign, the same organization that kicked off protests against the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect-IP Act (PIPA) in 2012, bills that many … Read more

Hotspot Shield Elite for Mac review

Hotspot Shield Elite for Mac secures your Wi-Fi connection, protects you against identity theft, and gives you the ability to access blocked Web sites-- proving to be a valuable security tool. It doesn't protect your mobile device, though, unless you buy a separate subscription.

Pros

Intuitive UI: All of Hotspot Shield Elite's functions can be accessed through an icon on your Menu Bar. The shield-like icon is green when active and red when inactive.

Warnings or alerts: This application makes use of AnchorFree's regularly updated database of Web site information to provide alerts when you are accessing … Read more

Hotspot Shield for Mac review

Hotspot Shield for Mac gives you the ability to surf the Internet securely, even when you're connected to public Wi-Fi networks. You can turn on or off your protection at any time, and you can see clearly what the app is doing to protect you through its straightforward interface.

Pros

Flexible plans: Depending on how much you think you'll use the Hotspot Shield, you can pick a payment option that fits your needs. For example, you can purchase a whole year of unlimited coverage for $29.95, one month's worth of service for $4.99, or 20 … Read more

PrivacyScan for Mac

PrivacyScan for Mac scans known locations in supported apps and securely disposes of sensitive information that can compromise your privacy. This premium product features file shredding with up to 35 passes and has built-in support for a fair number of Apple, as well as third-party apps. While this app proves speedy and easy to use, it won't completely protect you since no cleaning actions are taken on apps that are not explicitly supported.

When launched for the first time, PrivacyScan for Mac presents you with a setup assistant that walks you through choosing a security level and configuring which … Read more

Lookout Mobile Security review

Lookout Mobile Security provides complete data and anti-theft protection, being a one-stop security solution for your smartphone or tablet, but to use Web protection and other essential features you have to upgrade to the paid version. Other than that and the fact that the app tends to eat quite a lot of resources, this is one of the most polished and reliable Android security apps.

Pros

Sleek, intuitive interface: Lookout Mobile Security's streamlined obsidian interface makes scanning, backing up contacts, and locating a device quick and effortless. What's more, the developer has judiciously integrated Premium features like Safe … Read more