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5 Best Free PC Tools to Protect User Data

5 Best Free PC Tools to Protect User Data

In the digital era, all of us are consistently looking for applications that can help making the computer systems more efficient. And getting these apps or free is an add-on. Nowadays, a large number of apps are available online that protects user data against virus attacks, bugs, inconsistencies and external vulnerabilities. But accuracy and integrity parameters of such apps adds a lot to the scalability.

1. Password Safety: KeePass

KeePass is an open source application available for free. In this technological era, there is an online account for everything; and a password for each account. You need to remember an array of passwords. With the help of KeePass, it becomes easier to manage the passwords as all the passwords for each account gets stored in a database. This database can be locked with a master key or a key file. This way, you only have to remember a single password corresponding to master key or a key file. The KeePass databases are encrypted using secure algorithms known as Twofish or AES.

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2. Data Recovery: Wondershare

For every organization, it is important to store and retain large volume of data files. Even for home users, data is considered an asset. But what if a file gets deleted accidently? Sometimes, it can be a nightmare. Today, there are countless data recovery tools available online and freeware are provided by Wondershare. It have various tools for recovering deleted files to provide user a safeguard for their business and among those iPhone data recovery, flash drive, computer system and android devices recovery tools are prominent. These tools are compatible over windows as well as Mac Operating System. Also, tools can recover documents, emails, images and other components of data as well.

3. Data Loss Prevention: McAfee

Data security and integrity of official as well as personal files is of utmost importance. In this category, McAfee offers flexibility in terms of features and editions. The data loss prevention app offers various versions for Home users, for Enterprise, for Small Business and for Partners. The app protects system data as well as components of data across the network form emerging threats. Analytics and real time visibility optimize security management, ensure compliance, integrate anti malware functions and this helps small to large businesses in achieving operational efficiency.

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4. Virus Protection: Avast

Avast offers virus protection beyond desktops and laptops. The application protects passwords as well. The latest version of the application comes with improved features and this makes it lighter and efficient than before. Single unbreakable password protects account passwords and this offers safety to the integrated data components. Smart scan protects PC in one go. With ‘Browser Cleanup’ feature, all unnecessary toolbars can be cleaned up safely and this triggers the performance of the system. Moreover, the three level protections beat hackers via an automatic process.

5. Disk Encryption: VeraCrypt

The free disk encryption software can be downloaded from its official website. The app makes the system immune to new developments. Other vulnerabilities and system security issues that exist in TrueCrypt are detected and resolved by VeraCrypt. It is compatible over all platforms and different versions are available for Windows, Mac and Linux Operating Systems. With this, the app becomes even more scalable. Bugs and errors found on system can be removed with the help of application. VeraCrypt 1.14 version was released with extensive feature that allows the user to create volume on disk using command line interface.

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As a whole, it can be concluded that the free PC tools to protect data are highly integrated with security and safety features and hence can be downloaded following official links and valid links.

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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