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Winhotspot WiFi Router review

WinHotSpot WiFi Router lets you share your Internet connection and tether Wi-Fi-equipped devices to your PC by creating a virtual Wi-Fi router in Windows PCs. WinHotSpot Version 2 requires Microsoft .Net 3.5 or better.

Pros

Multiple networks: WinHotSpot can create multiple hotspots for different needs and occasions.

Password protection: You can set a password to limit access to your shared connection.

Share or not: You can choose not to share an Internet connection, creating a virtual private network.

Repair tools: We could access Windows Network Diagnostics and our system's network adapters directly from a compact, attractive, and easy-to-use … 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

Super WiFi review

Super WiFi gives you plenty of control over your phone's Wi-Fi connection and looks good while doing it. It adds all sorts of automation and boosting features, as well as a handy speed checker. You'd have to otherwise download several apps to do everything this impressive app does on its own.

This program doesn't just help you connect to new Wi-Fi hotspots, but helps you manage, find, and improve them. If you're not connected to a hotspot, Super WiFi will show you all of the spots it can find nearby and all you need to know … Read more

WiFi Mouse review

WiFi Mouse lives up to its promise in that it does turn your device into a usable wireless mouse, keyboard, or trackpad, allowing you to remotely access your Windows or Mac computer. However, it suffers from malware and other non-technical issues.

Pros

Functional: WiFi Mouse does work as advertised if you take the time to follow the rather lengthy procedure of setting up your computer and facilitating remote access through tapping, scrolling, and pinching hand gestures. Though there are occasional glitches, overall the app proves consistent.

Handy customizations: Through its streamlined Settings screen, the app lets you tweak the sensitivity … Read more

6 security tips for using public Wi-Fi

Don't expose yourself in public. We all do it: switch on a phone, laptop, or tablet and hop on to a Wi-Fi hotspot in airports, coffee shops, trains, hotels, and other public places. The problem is, those networks are open -- even if they require a login and password, you may be sharing your files or leaving doors open to data thieves. You can't secure the network, but you can raise siege walls between your private information and the barbarians. Follow these six tips to network more safely.

1. Lock down your security settings.

Go to the security … Read more

Hotspot Shield VPN for Android review

Hotspot Shield VPN for Android secures your Wi-Fi connection with HTTPS encryption, grants you access to Web sites that in your region may be blocked by a firewall, and enables you to browse the Web privately. It's the most popular app of its kind and for good reason -- it works as intended and runs unobtrusively in the background, requiring minimal configuration.

Pros

Effective: Hotspot Shield VPN for Android's encryption, private browsing, and virtual location work effectively with just one tap, bringing you peace of mind when you're connecting to the Web using public Wi-Fi networks, which … Read more

WiFi File Transfer Pro review

WiFi File Transfer Pro makes it easy for you to transfer files between your mobile device and computer without a cable, by using an FTP Client like FileZilla or your Windows file explorer. Extremely easy to set up and use, this app is a great alternative to other, more complicated wireless transfer apps that require you to register an online account, use a Web app, or limit the type of files you can transfer. Despite the name, this is a free app without any in-app purchases.

After a speedy installation, all you have to do to start transferring files with … Read more

How to manage Wi-Fi networks in OS X

Chances are that if you use a modern Mac system, especially a portable system, you will regularly be accessing at least one Wi-Fi network for connecting to the Web, email, and other on-line services.

If you use your system at more than one location, then you might regularly log in to multiple Wi-Fi hotspots, be they private ones such as those at work, or public ones at cafes. Sometimes, at conventions or large workplaces, you might find yourself switching between different hotspots, depending on the signal strength available.

When you make these various connections, you may find various problems with … Read more

Boeing to sell self-destructing smartphones

CNET Update is covering up:

In this episode of Update:

- Mess with Boeing's "Black" smartphone and it will erase all data. But you won't be able to buy this spy-worthy phone in stores.

- Time to cover those webcams. The Guardian reports government agencies tapped into 1.8 million Yahoo users' webcams to secretly snap photos.

- Say goodbye to some online gameplay features in Nintendo's Wii, DS and DSi.

- Get real-time coaching feedback from a new fitness tracker called the Moov. The company is raising money to launch it this summer.

CNET … Read more