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  1. HashPass is an unconventional password generator that hashes text and converts them to strong passwords Password managers make our lives easier, and online identities a little safer. The best part is that they create complex passwords and you don't have to remember those. Password managers like KeePass come with excellent options to create unique strong passwords, but the same cannot be said for some of the password management solutions out there. HashPass is a standalone program that has a transparent interface, with a virtual keyboard called the matrix. U
  2. NeeView is an open source image viewer that displays two images simultaneously like pages from a book Most image viewer programs allow you to view one image at a time. I'm not talking about thumbnails, but a larger view of the pictures. If you want to browse your photo directories and view two images simultaneously, you should try NeeView. It is an open source image viewer, and kind of resembles a web browser thanks to the navigation buttons and the address bar. The program's interface has a dark background, and there are two side-panels, one on either side
  3. Cosmonium is an open source 3D astronomy and space exploration software Star gazing can be a relaxing experience, and you don't need telescopes or planetariums to learn more about the mysteries of Space. You can explore galaxies that are far, far away, right from the comfort of your house. No, I'm not talking about movies and TV Shows. Welcome to Cosmonium, an open source 3D astronomy and space exploration software. It is based on the (now defunct) Celestia project. Cosmonium is a chunky download at a little over 280MB and takes up
  4. Files is an open source Windows 10 file manager app that supports tabs, dual-pane view While we wait for Microsoft to deliver a modern Windows Explorer, an alternative app is already available on the official store and on GitHub. The program is called Files, and is an open source application. Files has a beautiful interface that follows the Fluent Design, and is reminiscent of the Settings app. The GUI has a sidebar to the left while the pane on the right lists the user folders: Desktop, Downloads, Documents, Pictures, Music and Videos. The Driv
  5. Save a list of your folder's contents, and use it to search for files with InDeep File List Maker If you're archiving data to an external drive, or if you're just a data hoarder, it may be wise to save a record of the contents. Sure, you could use tools like neoSearch, Everything to do that, but those require indexing, and you will need the drive to be plugged in. This becomes a problem when you have multiple drives, but want to find out where specific files are. InDeep File List Maker is a freeware tool that can create a list of your folder's contents, and
  6. Use F7 in File Explorer to move downloaded files to another location MoveFileHere is a handy program for Microsoft Windows devices to move the newest file from the operating system's downloads folder to the active folder in File Explorer. The developer of the program designed it for a special use case, the moving of downloaded files to another folder. Instead of having to use various keyboard shortcuts to achieve the goal of moving downloaded files to a folder, it is simplifying the process by reducing it to a single press of a button. All you h
  7. Eve Reader is an open source EPUB reader for Windows and Linux EBooks are an amazing way to relax, I always have my Kindle eReader nearby, so I can read a chapter or two when I need to take a break. But, I'm not really a huge fan of reading e-books on my computer though, when I had to, I used Microsoft Edge mostly for PDFs and occasionally for EPUBs that I downloaded from Gutenberg and the like. With Edge Chromium dropping support for EPUB, I switched to SumatraPDF, and the program is also Martin's favorite on Windows. There are other programs which make an
  8. Hackers used 4 zero-days to infect Windows and Android devices Boobytrapped websites are used by attackers to infect people who visited them. Enlarge Getty Images 27 with 23 posters participating Google researchers have detailed a sophisticated hacking operation that exploited vulnerabilities in Chrome and Windows to install malware on Android and Windows devices. Some of the exploits were zero-days, meaning they targeted vulnerabilities that at the time were unknown to Google, Microsoft,
  9. Copy and move files faster, manage multiple tasks efficiently with Copy Handler Windows Explorer's file copy function is a decent option for most users. If you're a power user and want more control over the operation, you can use third party tools like TeraCopy. Want something that's open source? You may want to give Copy Handler a shot. The installer enables a Shell Extension in Windows Explorer, which is the recommended way to use Copy Handler. If you're using the portable version without the extension, you'll need to use the tray menu to manually
  10. Tweak Windows 10 with WinSlap WinSlap is a free open source program for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system to quickly modify system settings and tweak the system. Designed for use right after installation on first use, it may also be used on a running system. Since it does modify system settings, it is recommended to create a backup of the system before proceeding. We did not notice any issues during our tests, but it is always a good precaution. To get started, download the program from the project's GitHub repository. Right-click on the download file
  11. Tagcomplete is a freeware tool that tags songs automatically using a community built database Having your music library tagged properly can be very helpful. Whether you're in the mood for a particular genre or artist, or you just want to keep things nice ang organized, tags are awesome. Manually tagging tracks can be a bit tiring, and there are auto-tagging solutions readily available that do most of the heavy lifting. One of our favorite music players, MusicBee, supports that for instance. Tagcomplete is a freeware tool that tags songs automatically using
  12. Google discloses hacking campaign targeting Windows, Android users Project Zero, Google's 0day bug-hunting team, revealed a hacking campaign coordinated by "a highly sophisticated actor" and targeting Windows and Android users with zero-day and n-day exploits. The Project Zero team, in collaboration with the Google Threat Analysis Group (TAG), discovered a watering hole attack using two exploit servers in early 2020, each of them using separate exploit chains to compromise potential targets. "These exploit chains are designed for efficiency & flexi
  13. Display custom Battery Icons on Windows devices Battery Icons is a freeware for Microsoft Windows devices that displays a battery level indicator in the system tray area when executed. It is designed to replace the default battery indicator of the Windows operating system and to improve the readability of the status. The application was released as part of Donation Coder's annual NANY event. The default battery icon on Windows devices provides only a rough estimate of battery power when you look at it. While you can hover the mouse cursor over the icon to display the ac
  14. Make a temporary copy of a region on Windows with RaptureReplica RaptureReplica is a free application for Microsoft Windows devices to make a temporary copy of a region displayed on the screen. The temporary copy remains on top and may be moved around until it is dismissed. One of the things that you can use RaptureReplica for is to keep information displayed in the foreground, e.g. when writing a new blog post or following a guide or instructions. The application works similarly to screen capture tools, but with the difference that its output is only tempor
  15. SyncTrazor is an open source Syncthing client for Windows Syncthing is a popular peer-to-peer file sharing/synchronization software. It uses a web GUI which can be a little confusing for beginners. SyncTrazor is an open source client that makes the P2P tool more user-friendly. Note: The program prompts you whether you want to allow anonymous usage reporting. You can disable the option, or preview the report and decide if it's alright. It does not contain personally identifiable data. SyncTrazor's distribution includes Syncthing, so you don't hav
  16. Batch rename files with the open source tool File Renamer Diff Advanced Renamer is my go-to choice when I have to rename several files at once. If I had to pick one flaw in it, I'd say it is probably the interface as it makes it slightly less user-friendly. There are several alternatives you can turn to, one such tool is File Renamer Diff. The application has a modern and colorful interface, which may be a bit too flashy for some. Drag and drop a folder onto the GUI or use the button in the top left corner of the window, to pick the directory. Oddly, the pr
  17. Force programs to start in maximized mode with Maximize Always We have reviewed many programs that allow you to minimize windows to the system tray, or hide them. Check out Traymond, MinimizeToTray, or the built-in run as minimized option of the Windows operating system. What if you wanted the opposite? Sometimes, you may require programs to open in maximized view. Video players, web browsers, email clients, word processors are some examples. Maximize Always is a freeware utility that makes programs start in maximized mode. The interf
  18. neoSearch is a freeware desktop search engine for Windows Finding a file using Windows Search can be painful if you have tons of data, especially if it is located in folders that are not indexed. This is why users rely on more efficient solutions such as the Everything search engine, WizFile, or FileSearchy. If for some reason, you want an alternative, there are many available like NeoSearch. NeoSearch isn't a portable software. The installer is just over 1MB in size, and automatically detects the bit architecture of your computer. Note: The pro
  19. Microsoft takes steps to scrub Flash from Windows The arrival of 2021 means the departure of Adobe Flash Player from PCs. Adobe Although Adobe stopped serving updates for its Flash Player last month — and will disable the plug-in on Jan. 12 — Microsoft will be in charge of uninstalling the software from Windows PCs. (Adobe has recommended that users remove Flash from their personal computers to "help secure your system since Adobe does not intend to issue Flash Player updates or security patches after the EO
  20. Taskbar Hide is a freeware tool that allows you to hide program windows, the Start button, taskbar and tray If you have a lot of programs open at the same time, they could be a hindrance while you're trying to get things done. I use Alt+Tab and tend to switch to the wrong window quite often when using it. You could close some applications, but what if you may need them a few minutes later? Taskbar Hide by Eusing, is a freeware tool that allows you to hide program windows, the Start button, taskbar and the system tray. The program requires administr
  21. Scoop is an open source package installer for Windows Using package installers is an efficient way to download programs without having to visit each site manually, downloading the files, and running the installer. Chocolatey, Ninite and Pip are perhaps the most popular package managers, but there are others like Just-Install. Even Microsoft is working on a Windows Package Manager right now. We'll be taking a look at a similar app called Scoop today. First, we'll need to install the tool. How to install Scoop on your computer Open a PowerShell windo
  22. Error Lookup tries to make cryptic Windows error codes meaningful Error Lookup is a free portable open source tool designed to make Windows error codes meaningful by providing additional information that may assist users and administrators in figuring out why an error was thrown and how to resolve the issue. Many error codes on Windows provide no or barely any useful information to users. If you ever received the "Something went wrong" error while trying to update Windows 10, the "your PC ran into a problem that it couldn't handle" error, or "error code 0xc000000e", you
  23. Mouse Jiggler is a simple tool that prevents your computer from going to sleep or switching to screensaver mode Maybe you have an online appointment with someone in an IM application, and you don't want to appear away in case they're early, and you aren't. Some websites automatically sign you out, if you remain inactive for a few minutes. Don't want your screensaver to kick in or your computer to fall asleep? Well, regardless of whatever your reason maybe, there is a way to solve all of these issues in just 1 step. All you need is something that makes the w
  24. malakai1911

    Comprehensive Security Guide

    Comprehensive Security Guide NOTE: As of 1/1/2019 this guide is out of date. Until parts are rewritten, consider the below for historical reference only. i. Foreword The primary purpose of this guide is to offer a concise list of best-of-breed software and advice on selected areas of computer security. The secondary purpose of this guide is to offer limited advice on other areas of security. The target audience is an intermediately skilled user of home computers. Computer software listed are the freeware versions when possible or have free versions av
  25. Kill-Update is a user-friendly tool that blocks Windows Updates Installing the latest Windows Updates can sometimes have adverse effects. Many users prefer delaying updates for some time, just to make sure they don't introduce bugs, or, in worst case scenarios, delete data or make the system unbootable. There is no built-in option to prevent updates permanently, but there are other ways to do this, such as using a third-party program Kill-Update. You may want to check out comparable programs such as Windows Update Blocker or StopUpdates 10. It i
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