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Freeware Group: Security
Keeping your data safe with encryption, compression and erasing tools

Name / Type
Eraser
Secure Deletion
Website / Creator
Hiedi Computers Ltd
Information
Eraser is a free tool which allows you to erase sensitive data by overwriting it many times with various patterns. You may know, that when you delete a file and empty your recycle bin, that you don't actually delete the file - you just remove windows ability to see it - the file still remains on your hard drive (this allows data recovery at a later date). Eraser over writes these files so that they cannot be recovered. It includes a scheduler for "cleaning" the free space on your hard drive too.
Ade's Comments
Great piece of software if you ever want to completely remove a document or two. You can choose the level of security you wish to use to over write your data (the higher the security, the longer it takes to complete). It also adds entry to your context menu (right click menus) so you can delete files on the fly.
Date Added
30/01/2009
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Name / Type
JZip
File Zipping/Compression
Website / Creator
Discordia Ltd
Information
A free alternative to WinZip or WinRar. This little program allows you to compress and unpack a huge variety of file types, including .zip, .rar, .tar and .gzip. You can also password protect your document for higher security.
Ade's Comments
I CAN NO LONGER RECOMMEND THIS SOFTWARE AS IT NOW COMES FULL OF UNWANTED ADDITIONAL CRAP THAT IT FORCES YOU TO LOAD AT THE INSTALL. Fantastic zipping tool which is very easy to use, with a similar interface to WinZip. The context menu entry (right click menu) makes zipping and unzipping very quick and simple. Based on the 7zip platform. Opens all the latest versions of zip and rar files. HINT: Zipping one or more files into a zip file can compress the data down so that the overall file size is much smaller than the total of the original files - very handy for emailing!
Date Added
30/01/2009
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Name / Type
TrueCrypt
Encryption
Website / Creator
TrueCrypt Foundation
Information
TrueCrypt creates a virtual encrypted drive on your computer. You assign an amount of space on your hard drive for the file. You then mount that drive using a password - the drive then appears as a drive letter that you can use just like your main hard drive - add and delete files etc. When you have finished working on your documents, simply use TrueCrypt to dismount that drive - the drive letter disappears from your system and all the contents are encrypted. Only those who have the password can open the virtual drive.
Ade's Comments
This a handy little piece of software. You can keep all the files that you do not want others to see completely safe using this virtual drive. You can even store the truecrypt files on a CD, DVD or external drive. High encryption level means your stored documents cannot be accessed until you mount the drive using your password (so don't forget it!).
Date Added
02/02/2009
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Name / Type
K9 Parental Control
Online Parental Control
Website / Creator
Blue Coat Systems
Information
K9 Web Protection is a free Internet filter and parental control software for your home Windows or Mac computer. K9 puts YOU in control of the Internet so you can protect your kids. -Block web sites in more than 70 categories, including pornography, gambling, drugs, violence/hate/racism, malware/spyware, phishing -Force SafeSearch on all major search engines -Set time restrictions to block web access during designated times -Configure custom lists for "always allow" and "always block" -Override a web page block with password -Trust the enhanced anti-tampering, even children can't break -View easy reports to monitor and control web activity -Real-time categorization of new adult and malicious sites
Ade's Comments
Many of my customers have children, and want to keep them safe online. This tiny bit of software loads onto your pc/laptop and does just that. I have installed this on few machines for clients, and it seems easy to install and maintain. Settings can be adjusted to suit via a simple web-based interface using an admin password that you set.
Date Added
29/03/2011
db Ref: 39
 
Name / Type
Norton Parental Control Software
Online Parental Control
Website / Creator
Norton / Symantec
Information
You wouldn’t let your kids go to the beach without sunscreen or ride in a car without a seatbelt. So why would you let them go online without proper protection? Norton Online Family offers you a smarter way to keep your kids safe when they go online. Rather than simply blocking sites, it encourages communication between you and your kids. You’ll gain a better understanding of what they do online, so you can better protect and guide them.
Ade's Comments
I've not used this software yet, but it looks and sounds promising - and from a very well known software company.
Date Added
29/03/2011
db Ref: 40
 
Name / Type
Pea Zip
Zip Tool
Website / Creator
Peazip
Information
Free zipping utility for ZIP and RAR files, plus 150 other formats! Ideal for compressing and decompressing multiple files.
Ade's Comments
Excellent little Winzip/Winrar alternative. Works with so many formats. Tiny install size. I recommend this as JZip is now full of unwanted adware.
Date Added
22/02/2013
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