The Web is one place where it
actually may be a good idea to be a little cautious, because "they"
may really be watching you. Many people surf around unaware that they might
be leaving a trail of information about themselves scattered across the Net.
Most cyber surfers are also unaware of how vulnerable their E-mails are to
snoops and hackers.
Every time you visit a site, it's possible that you're leaving a trail of
personal data. When you surf the Web, send E-mail or post to newsgroups, be
sure to protect your privacy.
The free services and freeware programs listed below will help you keep your
privacy while online and offline.
Search and Destroy
Spybot - Search & Destroy
can detect and remove a multitude of adware files and modules from your
computer. Spybot also can clean program and Web-usage tracks from your
system, which is especially useful if you share your computer. Modules chosen
for removal can be sent directly to the included file shredder, ensuring
complete elimination from your system. For advanced users, it allows you to
fix Registry inconsistencies related to adware and to malicious program
installations. The handy online-update feature ensures that Spybot always has
the most current and complete listings of adware, dialers, and other
uninvited system residents.
Version 1.4 has the first
native multi-installation scanner, noticeably faster than the previous
version during scans, and has improved the tools and updated the interface.
Ad-Aware Personal provides
advanced protection from known data-mining, aggressive advertising, Trojans,
dialers, malware, browser hijackers, and tracking components. This software
is downloadable free of charge.
fixed and removable drives, memory and Windows registry
known and unknown variants of malware by using the Code Sequence
Identification (CSI) technology
aggressive spyware and malicious content
advantage of a fully featured quarantine support
information about scans and malicious content removals
ZoneAlarm Security Suite is
the easy-to-use, comprehensive security solution that is based on the world's
best firewall to keep out hackers, viruses, worms, and other threats. It
combines popular firewall with antivirus protection, Web site filtering,
privacy protection, and instant-messaging security.
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Why Spy Sweeper Is
the Right Choice
Spy Sweeper detects, removes and blocks even the most vicious spies. As
spyware continuously grows more sophisticated you need anti-spyware
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but also blocks new threats before they can infect your PC.
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dynamically disarm and defeat these spies without requiring a pre-defined
signature. Its unique 360 degree protection makes sure your personal
information remains confidential, your PC runs smoothly, and your identity
CuteFTP Home transfers
files between your PC and remote computers. Whether you're publishing a Web
page; downloading the latest digital images, music, and software; or
transferring large files between your home and office, CuteFTP Home will get
the job done quickly and easily, even if you're a beginner. Features include
an easy-to-use interface, a connection wizard, automatic-transfer-resume
functionality, a built-in HTML editor, a transfer queue, directory
comparison, custom commands, firewall and proxy options, path bookmarks, and
Cute FTP Professional
is a powerful FTP client for Windows. It enables you to connect and transfer
files securely using SFTP (Secure Shell/SSH), FTPS (Secure Socket Layer (SSL)
over FTP) and one-time passwords. You can transfer files quickly using
CuteFTP Professional's multipart transfer and simultaneous connections.
Easily manage and maintain your Web site with the built-in HTML editor, as
well as the Folder Synchronization, Folder Monitor, Site Backup, and
Compression tools. Cute FTP Professional also lets you schedule, automate,
and prioritize transfers using a transfer queue.
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other useful software products.
This handy freeware E-mail management program lets you fight back against
spammers and E-mail viruses and helps protect your privacy. MailWasher
lets you check and manage your E-mails before you download them. You can
also use it to bounce E-mails back to spammers, so that it looks as though
your E-mail address is no longer valid. (For Windows).
Are you worried about your privacy on the Web? Here's a free, anonymous
Web surfing service that is easy to use and lets you hide your IP address
(your computer's unique identification code). You can also use this
service to access sites that are blocked by a firewall.
This free service lets you surf the Web anonymously through a proxy
server. The service is easy to use and includes many features that let you
customize your surfing experience.
This is a handy free service that lets you surf the Web anonymously
through a proxy server. SpySurfing also lets you bypass filters and helps
you steer clear of spyware.
Worried that someone is monitoring your E-mail? Here's a free program that
encrypts your data, which you can send as an E-mail attachment using any
E-mail client. Note: your recipient will also need a copy of Ghostphrase
to decrypt your message. Ghostphrase employs three passwords, as well as a
mouse-clicked keyboard (which makes it impossible for others to log your
keystrokes). (For Windows).
Concerned about snoops reading your E-mail messages? A useful Web-based
E-mail service, AnonMail offers free 2048-bit encrypted E-mail and gives
you a SSL secured connection. AnonMail includes lots of helpful options,
including anti-spam features and secure document storage and sharing.
This free service offers temporary, disposable E-mail accounts that you
can use to protect your privacy and also reduce the spam you receive. It's
a handy service to use when you're reluctant to use your main, primary
E-mail address when you're prompted to enter an E-mail address online.
This useful freeware program scans and removes spyware programs from your
computer. Note that your PC can be vulnerable to spyware even if you have
a firewall and/or antivirus program, as spyware can be
"piggybacked" via networks, E-mail and software downloads. (For
This site offers a proxy service that lets you surf the Web anonymously,
for free. Note: the site is in German; to use the service, click the
"Surf Anonym for Free" button.
Are you worried about prying eyes browsing through sensitive content on
your hard drive? (Even if you delete such data, it can be easily recovered
by an experienced user). Eraser, an excellent free program, offers an
advanced security tool, which allows you to remove private data from your
hard drive by overwriting it several times with "carefully selected
patterns." (For Windows).
These days, more and more sites (such as NYTimes.com) pester you to
register before you can access their content. Even more annoyingly, the
registration process often requires you to divulge personal info. A handy
free service, BugMeNot.com, lets you easily bypass mandatory registration
at nearly 100,000 sites.
This free anonymous proxy service lets you protect your privacy when
you're online. ProxyLord allows you to surf anonymously and masks your IP
address. The service also lets you access blocked Web sites and removes
ads from sites.
PC Security Test
How secure is your computer? This freeware program checks your computer's
security against viruses, spyware and hackers and grades the effectiveness
of your protection software (including anti-virus programs, spyware
scanners, and firewalls). (For Windows).
Are you looking to protect your online privacy? This is a free service
that lets you surf the Web anonymously. MisterPrivacy.com also helps
protect you from various online hazards, including harmful scripts,
banners, cookies, Web viruses, worms, cyberstalkers, and more.