Review: Active@ KillDisk deletes your files and folders quickly, securely, & permanently

Active@ KillDisk gives you a fast, easy way to delete your files and folders for good if you're getting rid of your hard drive. While it's not as advanced as some other permanent deletion programs, it offers enough bonus features to keep you interested. The professional, welcoming look earns it a few extra points.

Active@ KillDisk lets you take another pass at your deleted files and unallocated disk space to make sure your deleted files stay deleted if someone tries to recover them. The program scans your disk automatically and gives you a hierarchical view of what's … Read more

Find your lost Android device with Android Device Manager

Google announced last week that it would release a new locator feature for Android devices called Android Device Manager, which helps owners find their lost or stolen phones and tablets. It was supposed to roll out later this month, but in a Google+ posting Wednesday, Google announced its immediate availability.

The feature works similarly to other locator services, like Lookout and Samsung's Find My Mobile, but now you get the feature natively on your Android device. Here's how to get started with Android Device Manager:

Enable Android Device Manager

On your Android device, go to the Google Settings … Read more

Review: Guess the picture with Wipe It! Free

Wipe It! is a basic game designed to be played quickly between two friends either wirelessly or in person. That simplicity has made its way into almost every aspect of the game design, including a bare-bones interface and occasionally vague picture descriptions when solving puzzles. Nonetheless, it is a fun take on a basic concept that many people will enjoy playing.

The idea behind the game is very rudimentary. You are presented with a blank screen, under which is a picture. As you wipe away the top layer to reveal the picture beneath, you can start guessing what it is. … Read more

How to securely erase a BlackBerry 10 device

Let's face it: BlackBerry 10 isn't going to be for everyone. There are going to be people who have purchased a Z10 only to find out it's not the device for them, and some people might find that they prefer the Q10, which launches soon.

As such, you're going to want to securely wipe all of your information from the device. With just a few taps you'll be able to secure your data, ensuring it doesn't end up in the wrong hands.

Before wiping your device, it's a good idea to use BlackBerry LinkRead more

Tidy up your Android phone before putting it on the block

There are a lot of tempting reasons to upgrade your phone these days. In fact, here are five of them. But what do you do with your old phone?

Well, you could turn it into a dedicated media player, or perhaps recycle it. But why not try to sell it?

Selling your old Android phone can be an easy way to make a little money. But before you let it go, you'll want to make sure you've backed up any important information and deleted any trace of your personal data. So let's walk through the process.

The … Read more

Lookout now blocks Dialer exploits

Android fragmentation affects security patches, too. Instead of waiting to see which devices have been protected against a Dialer app vulnerability discovered earlier this week, Lookout Mobile Security (download) has stepped into the breach with a patch for it today. So far, it's the only known Android security app to block the exploit, but even Lookout's patch requires initial user input.

The vulnerability allowed some Samsung phones to be remotely wiped from the Dialer app, the "phone" part of your smartphone. While Samsung pushed out a patch quickly, it's not clear if other phones have … Read more

Samsung smartphones vulnerable to remote data wipe

Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S2 and S3 may be vulnerable to a flaw that could allow their personal data to be deleted from their device, a security researcher has discovered.

The malicious code, which is now circulating on the Internet, could trigger a factory reset of the popular handsets, according to Ravi Borgaonkar, a researcher in the Security in Communications department at Technical University Berlin, who demonstrated the vulnerability at the Ekoparty security conference in Argentina last week (see video below).

The flaw lies in the way Samsung's TouchWiz UI interacts with unstructured supplementary service data (USSD) codes, … Read more

Secure Wipe your disks

When you delete a file from your system, it's gone, right? If you used the delete method built into Windows, it's not gone from your disk until it's overwritten by other data, and even then it's recoverable. To purge a file from your PC, you need a stronger tool, one that offers secure delete methods and multiple overwriting paths. Secure Wipe is a free tool that makes it easy to delete single or multiple files and folders and be confident that they are gone.

Secure Wipe's user interface is very plain--just two entry fields, one … Read more

How to track and control Samsung Galaxy devices remotely

If you're paranoid about getting your Samsung Galaxy device stolen or losing it, Samsung has a great free service that should help you feel more at ease.

The service, called SamsungDive, allows you to track, lock, ring, and wipe your Galaxy tablets remotely. Galaxy smartphone owners can also forward calls/messages and retrieve call logs. Here's how:

Step 1: Check to see if you have one of the supported Samsung Galaxy devices. SamsungDive currently supports the Galaxy SII, Galaxy R, Galaxy W, Galaxy y, Galaxy y Pro, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 8.9.

Step 2: … Read more