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6 Essential Apps You Want To Install on Your PC

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6 Essential Apps You Want To Install on Your PC

Has this ever happened to you? You go to boot up your computer only to find out that the computer is not working. You take it to the repair shop, and they tell you need to buy a new computer.

If you are like most business owners or employees, you have experienced this scenario at least once in your life. When that happens, you might be wondering what programs should I include on the new computer to prevent the same thing from happening again. While many of the applications depend on what you do for a living, these six are essential apps for any PC.

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1. Web browser

You will still find many PCs without a basic web browser, or an outdated one. You should install a reputed Web browser on your PC as early as possible. One reason is that many programs will have to be downloaded from cloud-based sites on the Internet. You also need a Web browser to do most of your business today. If you are an attorney, you will be searching up cases to act as precedents. If you are an IT professional, you will need to access forums and different code solutions. Which Web browser should you choose? You probably want both Firefox and Google Chrome. Some sites work better in Firefox, and Chrome is necessary for some places. Both are equally effective although sometimes, you will experiences interruptions.

2. Anti-Virus

Every PC needs to protect itself against viruses, spyware, malware, etc. AVG is a free application that is considered the best by technical people. You want to make sure you have installed software that protects against each of these problems. You might need several different software combinations to protect against all of them. For example, Spybot Search and Destroy protects against spyware. Hitman Pro protects against malware and advertising. When getting protection, read what the product offers as protection, so you know what you are going to need.

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3.Removal Tools

When you purchase a new PC, you often have a pre-loaded anti-virus software that will expect you to pay once the trial is completed. If don’t want McAfee or Norton Anti-Virus, you will need to download the removal tool to eliminate it from your new PC. If you remove these, remember to install virus removal tools  of your choice that can be activated when a virus does end up on your computer.

4. WinDirStat

This software will tell you how much space programs and videos are eating from your computer or laptop. It gives you a chart listing of all the usage by type, such as programs, documents, pictures, etc. You will be able to eliminate those items that are considered bloatware or causing other problems.

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5. Office Suite

Although many business owners are using sharing software, such as Google Docs, it remains helpful to have a version on your computer. OpenOffice is a good one to have on your PC. It can emulate many programs out there and is free to download. When you need a document that you don’t want to make public, you can use OpenOffice or whatever program you choose. Many PCs today have Microsoft Office loaded.

6. Instant Messaging

Many people want you to send an instant message to them. You need the software application to be able to do that. If you use Digsby, you get the advantage of combining IM, gmail, Facebook and Twitter in one application.
Today, you might not need as many applications on your PC as you used to need. So many products, such as customer relations, are available as a cloud-based system. You only need a login and password to access these programs. If you wanted to cut down how much you load onto your laptop, you can stick to these and get the rest online.

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Last Updated on November 25, 2021

How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

    What Does Private Browsing Do?

    When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

    For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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    The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

    The Terminal Archive

    While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

    Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

    dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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    Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

    Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

    However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

    Clearing Your Tracks

    Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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    dscacheutil -flushcache

    As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

    Other Browsers and Private Browsing

    Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

    If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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    As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

    Featured photo credit: Benjamin Dada via unsplash.com

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