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The Internet is full of fantastic resources, but finding the right tool for the task can often be daunting. That's why Schvenn.net was created. Let us sift through all the resources out there and find the best freely available solutions for you!


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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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CAcert.org ~ Added: 14 Mar 2017 01:32

In order to provide your visitors peace of mind, it's a good idea to provide secure access to your site. One of the most basic ways to do this is with SSL certificates, which can pay for, or you can even get for free from this non-profit organization.

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Strava ~ Added: 14 Mar 2017 01:18

This site is a social network with resources designed primarily for runners and bikers.

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Plurk ~ Added: 14 Mar 2017 01:17

This micro-blogging site takes a visual approach to your online activity.

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MyFitnessPal ~ Added: 14 Mar 2017 01:12

The MyFitnessPal mobile app is another online portal that allows you to track multiple aspects of your health, diet and exercise, as well as set goals and find motivational resources, including other members, trainers and more.

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Last.FM ~ Added: 14 Mar 2017 01:10

Last.FM is an online music resource that allows you to aggregate your music apps and sources, find new music, share with others, create and listen to online radio stations.


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RansomFree ~ Added: 14 Mar 2017 02:45

With the emergence of ransomware, many companies have created products designed to help detect, prevent and minimize the impact of these threats.

CyberReason offers one of the most effective and free solutions to this problem. By creating "honeypots" of directories filled with files that ransomware programs typically target, these programs monitor any attempts to encrypt the files and alert the user of the problem, hopefully before any real damage is done.

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Panda Security ~ Added: 14 Mar 2017 02:40

Panda Security has one of the simplest, quietest and most effective anti-virus solutions on the market, as of 2017.

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Origin (EA) ~ Added: 14 Mar 2017 02:32

Origin is EA Games' store and while I haven't bought anything from them yet, every month they offer a new free game, so my library has gotten quite extensive thanks to this.

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GOG.com ~ Added: 14 Mar 2017 02:29

This game store and launcher frequently features some of the best deals available.

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Epic Games ~ Added: 14 Mar 2017 02:26

Epic Games is another game store and launcher.

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Gas Buddy ~ Added: 14 Mar 2017 01:26

If you commute or travel a lot, then you need this app. It will tell you were the best gas prices are along your route. Every year, I saved hundreds of dollars thanks to this app.

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Beep 'N Go ~ Added: 14 Mar 2017 01:21

Save the strain on your wallet, by keeping all of your loyalty cards in your phone.

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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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