Utilities

Two-step verification on Windows and Mac

Two-step verification is a way to give your accounts more protection than just a password or PIN. If you use a verification app like Google Authenticator (iOS, Android), you log in to your account (email, bank, Amazon, and so on) with your username and password, and the app sends a temporary code to your phone that's the final key to get into your account. But if you want to generate verification codes on your desktop... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Security Center , security , Internet security , utilities

Evernote alternatives worth noting

Evernote (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Web), the popular note-taking app, recently announced price and device changes to its three service plans that might make you think about switching apps.

Paying customers will experience 33 to 40 percent price hikes for Plus and Premium plans, depending on whether you pay monthly or annually. The cost of a Plus plan will rise from $2.99 to $3.99 per month or from $24.99 to $34.99 annually. Premium's... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: utilities

3 Windows tools for snipping, pasting, and previewing

Even people who consider themselves Windows experts might be surprised by the number of tools built into the operating system. These utilities often go unnoticed, but they can save you time, improve your work flow, and maybe even make you look like a wizard. Let's look at the three big hitters.

Cut and paste without formatting annoyances

You know about Ctrl-V to paste text, but do you know about Ctrl-Shift-V?

If you frequently paste text from the Web into an email or... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Windows software , Windows 7 , utilities , utility

Advanced SystemCare 7 Pro only $15

When it comes to Home PC diagnostic software, there's no better name than IObit's Advanced SystemCare (ASC). With over 150 million sold worldwide and a consistent top spot as our most-downloaded diagnostic program, ASC is the preferred tool for many of our users to keep their systems tidy. You, too, can keep your PC error free and running smoother than ever with Advanced SystemCare 7 Pro. Starting this week, ASC Pro goes on sale for $14.99... Read More »

Tags: Windows , security , Windows software , utilities

Get Driver Booster for 70 percent off

Having the latest driver means your device and system are running at optimum levels. But performance is only one of many reasons to keep your system up-to-date. New drivers will often patch security flaws and keep your PC safe from exploits. An updated driver can also introduce new features or increase compatibility of your existing devices. Although Windows does a great job of finding the correct driver when you first plug in a new device, it... Read More »

Tags: Windows , security , Windows software , utilities , XP

Spring clean with Revo Uninstaller Pro

If you're an app aficionado, you've heard of Revo Uninstaller. It has been praised as one of the best uninstaller programs for PCs and runs circles around the default Windows uninstaller. Thanks to the folks at Revo, you can now get this essential toolkit for only $15.70 -- 60 percent off the regular price of $39.25.

A combination uninstaller and Registry cleaner, Revo Uninstaller Pro is one of the first program that new computer owners should install.... Read More »

Tags: Windows , security , Windows software , utilities

Get your PC back in shape with AVG PC TuneUp 2014

AVG, one of the most trusted sources for virus and malware protection, has recently released the all-new PC TuneUp 2014 to help you speed up any computer. A comprehensive utility kit, PC TuneUp offers 35 tools to return your PC to tip-top shape in one convenient package. With new features such as Live Optimization and Program Deactivator, PC TuneUp will work in the background to keep your computer responsive when you need it to be.

Get peak performance for... Read More »

Tags: Windows , antivirus , security , Windows software , AVG , utilities

f.lux gets major, much-anticipated update

One of our top picks for best desktop software, f.lux announced Tuesday that they have released a major update to their popular screen dimmer application. f.lux 3.9 now allows your screen to go even warmer, from a previous setting of 3400K down to 2700K or optionally to 1200K, if you prefer. So now you can simulate that working-by-candlelight experience on your HD display. Movie mode allows you to keep the warm setting but preserves... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: freeware , Windows , Mac , Windows software , utilities

Stay true to task with True Launch Bar

Staying efficient at work can be difficult if you're spending half the time hunting for shortcuts and locating files. In comes True Launch Bar to slash time-wasting -- now for a slashed price.

A custom replacement for the Windows Quick Launch, True Launch Bar is an application that allows you to reconfigure your entire menu bar to your specific needs. Keep all of your work shortcuts in one convenient launcher. True Launch lets you build a... Read More »

Tags: Windows , Windows software , utilities