Five Windows 8.1 apps for security

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The importance of online security can never be overstated, as there are all sorts of nasties lurking on the internet. As technology grows and becomes more complex, there is an ever-growing need for you to protect yourself and your data – as this map clearly shows how many hacking attempts happen real-time.


last pass

Price: Free

Keeping track of a bunch of passwords can be frustrating, which is why most people recycle about three or four passwords for any given site. LastPass is a password and data management service aims to help you remember them all by storing your logins, credit cards and passport data on a secure server. Once you log in, you will be able to view and retrieve all the passwords for the various accounts.

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Shredder Advanced by eCodified


Price: R99

Deleting files are simply not enough anymore, as the data could still be stored on your harddrive long after you deleted it. This app electronically shreds files and folders by means of overwriting the data with random characters, while changing the file’s name to something completely random. For added security (and peace of mind), you will be able to view the shredded files – just to make sure that all the data is truly gone.

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Privacy Eraser

Privacy Eraser

Price: Free

A clean browser is a clean machine, as the old saying goes. This app is an all-in-one privacy suite that makes sure your Internet history and past computer activities are all cleaned up. Not only does your browser history store all sorts of data, but it also take up unnecessary space in your computer’s memory. The app completely cleans out your cache, history, cookies, typed urls, download history, autocomplete form history and saved passwords.

[symple_column size=”one_half”] [symple_box] “Clean your computer.[/symple_box] [/symple_column][symple_box] Get it from the Windows Store [/symple_box]

Avast! Internet Security 2014


Price: Free

No computer should ever be left without an antivirus or malware protection software installed. Building on Avast’s knowledge of virus and malware attacks, their latest version includes a crowd-sourced early warning system, with a Silent Firewall and spam/scam filters. For those that do online shopping, you app launches SafeZone when it detects online transactions – so that hackers can’t get to your data.

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WiFi Security+

wifi security

Price: R20

Public WiFi can be a lifesaver in certain situations, but it also houses a hidden danger: hackers. This app will analyse your current WiFi connection, and let you know whether it is a safe one, or should rather be avoided. It also list your recent WiFi networks to which you connected, lists available WiFi networks or it can scan a WiFi connection before connecting to make sure there isn’t anything malicious hiding on it.

[symple_column size=”one_half”] [symple_box] “How dirty is public WiFi?”[/symple_box] [/symple_column][symple_box] Get it from the Windows Store [/symple_box]

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Charlie Fripp

Charlie Fripp

Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.