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Portable Software ~ Created: 30 Sep 2013 02:44
With the proliferation of USB thumb drives, the practice of using software from portable devices has gained considerable momentum. As such, you now have sites like PortableApps and PenDriveApps, among...

Malware Cleaning ~ Created: 29 May 2013 02:48
I've been meaning to write this article for a while and when my wife's laptop recently got infected with malicious software, it reminded me that I should do so. After spending almost a decade...

Android Protection ~ Created: 26 Jan 2013 08:06
I've talked previously about Android startup management and the proper way to do it, but the face of Android is quickly changing. One of the programs I've thoroughly enjoyed since it's release is LBE...

The Futility Of Android Startup Management ~ Created: 20 Aug 2011 19:39
Saving Battery Life I've spent the last several hours attempting to find ways to improve my Android's battery life using programs to manage the software that starts when my device does. I have an...

The Complete Windows 95, 98 & ME Troubleshooting Guide ~ Created: 04 Aug 2011 20:34
Buy A New Computer. No, I'm not being facetious. I'm actually curious how you're even online reading this article if you still have a computer running those operating systems, because they are...

PPPoE Setup ~ Created: 02 Aug 2011 14:30
What Is PPPoE? You're here because you need to setup a PPPoE connection on a single PC. The two most common types of Internet connection are as follows: DHCP (Dynamic Host Control Protocol),...

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800Notes.com ~ Added: 11 Aug 2014 20:12

I normally block ALL numbers I don't recognize, on my cell phone. However, I'm occassionally curious about numbers that call me during the day. As such, this site is a great way to find out the known scammers.

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RegEx101 ~ Added: 15 Jul 2014 13:46

This is another great tool for analyzing regular expressions in plain English.

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Regular Expression Analyzer ~ Added: 12 Dec 2013 19:37

This is a tool to explain in plain language, what a particular RegEx expression means.

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ExplainShell ~ Added: 09 Dec 2013 12:34

Linux/Unix commands can get quite complex and as such, are not always easy to understand. You can use this site to help you understand exactly what a particular command line does.

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RegExPal ~ Added: 09 Dec 2013 12:31

When working with IDS/IPS systems, you often have to evaluate complex Regex values in order to determine how a signature works. The captured data packets can often include strings of characters written in regular expressions, or "regex". As such, tools like this site are a great help to assist in evaluating strings and calculations. In fact, it was with help from this tool I was able to create and modify the following regex expressions to evaluate various public and specific IP address ranges:

Any IP
(25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?)\.(25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?)\.(25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?)\.(25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?)

10.0.0.0/8
10.(25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?)\.(25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?)\.(25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?)

172.16.0.0/12
172.(?:1[6-9]|01[6-9]|02[0-9]|2[0-9]|03[01]|3[01]?)\.(25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?)\.(25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?)

192.168.0.0/16
192.168.(25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?)\.(25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?)

255.255.255.0/24
255.255.255.(?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?)


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Social Fixer ~ Added: 16 Oct 2013 13:25

This add-on for every major browser, allows you to customize Facebook through many seamless customizations, including adding tabs, removing ads, adding a friend tracker, among other things. Unfortunately, most of those features are soon going to be removed, because of pressure from Facebook placed on the author to do so. The next version therefore, will not have these features.

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Unfortunately, those features are the main reason I use it. Therefore, I'm hosting the last full-featured version on this site, at least until Facebook changes their code so much that it ceases to work well. This ZIP file contains the installs for each of the major browser versions.

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XAMMP ~ Added: 30 Sep 2013 01:39

This is a portable web server, allowing you to easily host an Apache web server, with access to the most common services, such as MySQL and PHP, among others.

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MP3Diags ~ Added: 30 Sep 2013 01:34

This utility searches through MP3 files en masse, in order to locate files that have errors, such as truncated files, squelching, clicking and more.

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ClamWIN ~ Added: 30 Sep 2013 01:30

This is one of the only anti-virus programs than lends itself to portability.

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TrueCrypt ~ Added: 30 Sep 2013 01:28

For advanced security, encrypting files, drive images or individual files is one of the best tactics to employ. TrueCrypt is the best free option to accomplish this.

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Zoho Docs ~ Added: 11 Sep 2014 03:20

Zoho offers, among other things, 5GBs of cloud storage for your webmail and documents.

There are now several free Office compatible options available for Android. Few of them however, offer online access. Of course there is Google docs, but many people are becoming much more anxious about the amount of information and power we have granted both Microsoft and Google in our lives. For those who prefer an alternative therefore, Zoho is an excellent option.

Zoho Docs is an Office compatible word processor, spreadsheet and presentation suite. However, it's much more than that. With it's Zoho Writer app, it also offers synchronization with Zoho Docs online storage, Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive. They use two-factor authentication using the SMS and Google Authenticator and if you so wish, you could still connect it to your Facebook and/or Google accounts. Although, that would likely defeat the purpose of getting away from those services.

There's more, too. They offer a free and powerful webmail service, calendar, notebook, wiki, chat, groups, live meetings and much more. Their main focus is to provide a one stop shop for businesses, but by offering the free components to the public, they get to expand their exposure. From what I've seen so far, it's a very impressive set of offerings. They even have a Zoho Mail app with the integrated calendar service.

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KeePass2Android Password Safe ~ Added: 21 Dec 2013 03:49

I use KeePass to maintain my password database. I store the key file locally and my database on a private FTP location. At work and home, I synchronize the database every time I make changes. With this app, I can access the file directly from the FTP server, never storing the file on my phone and update it, as required.

Additionally, the password is never copied to the clipboard as is done with so many other password managers. Instead, you use the KP2A keyboard to quickly enter the login information. This is a fantastic solution for the security conscious!

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Mobiwol NoRoot Firewall ~ Added: 28 Nov 2013 06:35

For the less paranoid in the crowd, those who can't or are afraid to root their devices, this is a helpful alternative. The one drawback to this app is that you have to manually turn it on after every reboot.

The way Mobiwol works without requiring root access is that it manages all traffic at the connection level, through a VPN. You allow or deny each application access based on connection type, or only allow communication when it is the foreground application.

So, while this won't stop software from acquiring accurate information about you or your device if you do allow it to connect, you can at least limit if and/or when each app is able to do so. Let me give you a few examples:

Game 1: block all communications with the Internet, in order to block the application from spying on you, altogether
Game 2 (Live): block all communications EXCEPT when it's a foreground app, in order to stop background spying
App 1: block all communication through cellular (only allow WiFi communication), in order to save bandwidth
App 2: allow always trusted applications

While this isn't perfect, it's a considerably better alternative than the default.

Finally, Mobiwol maintains connection logs, so you can see exactly what tried to communicate with the Internet and when. You can see what was allowed and what was blocked as well as the destination address. This additional information can help you decide if you want to continue to allow the app to have access, or perhaps if you want to delete it, altogether. You can even adjust an app's permission right from the connection logs, by clicking on the entry and adjusting the settings.

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Mega ~ Added: 05 Jul 2013 02:23

Mega offers 50GB of cloud storage, making it the second such service to offer this much space in the cloud.

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Yahoo! Mail ~ Added: 21 May 2013 01:43

This is Yahoo's official app for their webmail service. It features a clean, responsive interface.



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