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The best free RSS readers for Windows

As is the case with many tools out there, I prefer a desktop RSS reader over an online solution. Sure, online services such as Feedly have advantages. You can access them for instance from any Internet capable device and they require less space than local solution.

On the downside, you depend on the service. If it goes down, has a bug or decides to become paid only, you may not be able to access the service for the time being or ever again.

Test if your Android device is affected by recent SOP vulnerability

Companies like Google or Microsoft have a hard time getting users to upgrade to the latest version of their operating systems. On Android for instance, a quarter is using Android version 4.4, the most recent version of the system.

It is not necessarily the fault of users that their systems are not upgraded as manufacturers may not provide updates to devices which leaves users standing in the rain and without official options to update their devices.

Beta version of email service Mailpile is out

I reviewed Mailpile back in August of 2013 for the first time. The project was running a Kickstarter campaign back then for funding and did so successfully.

A first alpha version, only available as a source code and a demo interface on the web was released in January 2014 and a second alpha about six months later in July of 2014.

The best free file comparison programs for Windows

It can sometimes be a necessity to compare different versions of a file. Maybe you want to make sure that a file you burned to disc or stored in a backup is identical to the original, list all changes that someone else made to a file, or compare files after a hacking attack to find out if they have been modified in any way by the hacker.

File comparison tools are one option to do so. These programs provide you with the means to compare one or multiple files quickly which is one advantage that they have over comparing data manually.

Block annoying cookie messages on sites you visit in Firefox

If you have browsed the Internet lately, especially sites located in Europe, then you may have noticed that they tend to display a cookie notification on first visit.

The site informs users that it uses cookies which the European Union believes is the right thing to do to educate users about that fact.

I dislike those messages for several reasons.

First, there is barely any site that does not use cookies. All this does is state the obvious.

Display answers while you type in Chrome for Android

Having to do less on a mobile phone to get to the desired result is something that many users appreciate. That's probably one of the reasons why companies such as Google or Microsoft are adding direct information to their search engines in form of Knowledge Graphs and other items displayed in the results.

The main reason why I like it is that I dislike having to type a lot on the smartphone or use it to navigate web pages.

Run Trend Micro’s Anti-Threat Toolkit as a second opinion scanner

I like to run second opinion scanners from time to time on computer systems to make sure that no malware or other unwanted software has slipped by the primary defenses running on those PCs.

While that is the case, I don't have have a preference for a tool that I run in this case but use different programs.

There are programs that I value a lot, like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware or Hitman Pro, but it never hurts to run other programs as well on the system.

Trend Micro Anti-Threat Toolkit is a free portable program for recent versions of the Windows operating system.

Firefox Tools Adapter enables Developer Tools for Chrome and Safari

Most developers have preferences when it comes to Developer Tools. Some swear on the ones built-in Chrome, others prefer Firefox's or add-ons such as Firebug.

The problem here is that these tools are limited to a single browser. If you have to switch to another, for instance to test how services and sites look in that browser natively, then you switch to that browser and use the tools provided by that browser or in that environment for the time being.

How to make sure your Android photos don’t reveal locations

Most smartphones can pinpoint the current location using GPS or other means. On Android, this feature can be turned on or off depending on the default preference to either allow or block it.

Some applications require location services for some or all of its features. This is for instance the case for Foursquare or Google Maps.

While handy at times, it is disliked by some users because of its drain on the battery and privacy implications.

Your brain is the most powerful defense against Internet threats

The BBC reports that users of the popular video streaming website are attacked on the site which can lead to the buying, selling or trading of virtual user items on the gaming platform Steam.

Attacks are carried out via links that get posted in chat on the site according to F-Secure which reported about it first. The messages invites users to participate in weekly raffles for a chance to win virtual items for the game Counter-Strike Global Offensive, the most recent version of the popular Steam game.


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