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Software week in review, July 25

This week we're hoping to recruit William Shatner, who decided to boldly go into software reviews, evaluating Facebook Pages on his new Tumblr. In other news, Apple's next OS is now in public beta, Microsoft wants one Windows to rule them all, and everyone's talking Tor. To get the latest reviews and features from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletters.

Security and privacy

Black Hat and Def Con are a little over a week away, so it's not surprising that Tor is on the minds of many. This week a Black Hat talkRead more

Software week in review, July 18

Microsoft's layoffs are bad news for Nokia, Xbox Entertainment, and Windows phones that run Android. Google is going after zero-day threats and is fixing Chrome's security and power-hogging. And vulnerabilities have been found in everything from Teslas to the stock market to hotels. Read on for more updates, and to get the latest reviews and features from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletters.

Microsoft

Last week Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella published a 3,100-word memo about "bold ambition" (or "turgid drivel," per linguist Geoff Pullum). This week another memo (also … Read more

Software week in review, July 11

Microsoft is still trying to woo users away from Windows 7 and XP; Apple's next iPhone has a sapphire screen, and the phone after that may have a smart lock; and Google is killing apps and bad site certificates. Read on for more of the week's software news, and to get the latest reviews and features from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletters.

Microsoft

Yesterday CEO Satya Nadella declared that Microsoft is no longer a "devices and services" company, but rather will reinvent productivity, with a focus on mobile and cloud. He … Read more

Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 review

Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 is an all-in-one security suite with improved design, faster scan times, and protection for online activity.

Pros

Fantastic redesign: Kaspersky Internet Security's new look and feel are stunning. The four primary tools (Scan, Update, Safe Money, and Parental Controls) are now in a cleaner, more palatable two-by-two grid. When you mouse over a module, it lights up with a subtle color and pops up as you hover. The changes aren't just skin deep; Kaspersky has polished the entire flow down to the most granular options. This elegant new experience builds on Kaspersky's already … Read more

Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Complete review

Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Complete is the fully unlocked SecureAnywhere experience. Besides offering virus scanning and password management, it features secure delete and online storage.

Pros

Informative design: Webroot uses colors to indicate the protection status of products. Green stands for fully protected, orange represents a warning state, and red indicates a critical vulnerability. For example, disabling the real-time shield pulls up a caption notification and immediately puts the Webroot SecureAnywhere state into the red.

Lightweight: Webroot's complete installation takes up only 1MB. AntiVirus doesn't take a very noticeable toll on your system, even for full scans: A … Read more

Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus review

Webroot SecureAnywhere is a blazing-fast malware scanner that offers protection from phishing attacks, software hijacks, and more.

Pros

Excellent design: Webroot uses colors to indicate the protection status of products. Green stands for fully protected, orange represents a warning state, and red indicates a critical vulnerability. For example, disabling the real-time shield pulls up a caption notification and immediately puts the Webroot SecureAnywhere state into the red, making it difficult for others to hijack and disable the antivirus software unnoticed.

Lightweight: Webroot's complete installation takes up around 1MB of space. The AntiVirus version doesn't take a very noticeable … Read more

mSecure for Mac review

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

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

Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Plus review

Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Plus is a blazing-fast malware scanner that offers protection from phishing attacks, software hijacks, and more.

Pros

Informative design: Webroot uses color shades to indicate the protection status of products. Green stands for fully protected, orange represents a warning state, and red indicates a critical vulnerability. For example, disabling the real-time shield pulls up a caption notification and immediately puts the Webroot SecureAnywhere state into the red.

Lightweight: Webroot's complete installation takes up only 1MB. AntiVirus doesn't take a very noticeable toll on your system, even for full scans. A complete scan took less … Read more