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Great Software, Online Tools and Services

Free applications are sometimes far better then their commercial counterparts.
Why then take risks using illegal software?

Here is my curated selection of great applications, tools, utilities, sites and services after trying them for several days, most are free.

My wife uses Windows 7, a Sony Xperia Z tablet and a gorgeous Huawei Honor 8 mobile phone.
I have an iMac 27" Retina 5K, an amazing Xiaomi 5 and a wonderful UMI Zero mobile phone.

Links for web developers, SEO experts, analytics... are on my Amazing Web Libraries and Tools page.


Money, Deals and Redeems

VPN - Virtual Private Network

A VPN is must have these days, it greatly enhances your safety and privacy on Internet.

Until today, January 27, 2016, I have tested on Macintosh or Android the following VPNs, either in paying, trial or free version: NordVPN, CyberGhost, VPN Unlimited, TigerVPN, IPinator, PureVPN and ZenMate VPN.

Don't be a fool, totally free VPNs are taking something from you, data, statistics, injecting/replacing ads in the sites you visit, selling your coordinates,...
For example, the free version of hola is a peer-to-peer VPN, you share your internet connection and bandwith! It's up to you to decide what you do with your data.

The most important criteria, is trust!
Why some VPNs do hide their coordinates, have no term of services (TOS), are just hidden-resellers, are without any contact information?
Do carefully read their privacy policy, TOS and refund policy!

Don't think you are totally hidden behind a VPN, Tor or whatever, so think twice before crossing the yellow line!

VPN Reviews

Do your own researches, but do not believe all the best-vpn-in-the-universe recommendation sites, most are just making money through their affiliations.

VPNreviewer.com provides unbiased and truthful VPN reviews, evaluations and conclusions. VPNreviewer does not have any affiliate link.

TheBestVPN.com reviews VPN providers and ranks them by their speed, logging policies and encryption. They also publish internet security/privacy articles.

BestVPN.com has few affiliate links, but reviews are detailed. Do not pay attention to love or hate user's comments, most are just scams.

Don't miss these great articles:
- Which VPN Services Take Your Anonymity Seriously? Editions: 2016 - 2015

VPN Selection

2016-03-31, among all the VPN I have personnaly tested, my favorites are:

  1. CyberGhost VPN
    CyberGhostVPN.com is the fastest VPN I have, my usual speed is 90/4 Mbps on a 100/5 Mbps line.
    The application is nice, very easy to use, you can choose among a lot of servers and their local IP/location.

    CyberGhost VPN has unique features: Ad-blocker, Data compression (great on mobile devices), Remove online trackers and force HTTPS. If you use them, you can get rid of several extensions in your browsers.
    The usual features are present: choose your DNS Resolvers, IP Leak protection, block connections if line drops, random port, allow to specify IP and domains to not use the VPN,... Ports to send emails are closed but you can add them to the exceptions.
    CyberGhost is ISO Certified, does not log data and edits a transparency report.

    2017-03-03 CyberGhost can unblock Netflix again using latest version, just click Streaming!
  2. ZenMate VPN
    ZenMate VPN is the most stable VPN I am using, it runs several days without any connection drops.
    It connects in less than 5 seconds, others VPN require several dozen of seconds.

    The app is simple and easy to use, choose a server/country, click to connect, that's it!
    For once, no useless graphics, animations, ugly third party tools or cumbersome settings.

    ZenMate native applications are available for Windows, Macintosh, iOS and Android.
    If you want, you can add browser extensions to quickly switch to another server.
    Ports to send (and receive) your emails are opened.

    ZenMate VPN won the Europas Award for Best Security and Privacy Startup of 2014, support the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and is TÜV Certified. As a German company, they are bound to strict data privacy laws and they do not track any IP or connection data.
    If you are locking for a simple, reliable and very stable VPN, that's the one you need.

Security

General Security Information

Backup - Disaster Recovery

I am working on it right now... 🐌

Don't think you are safe for whatever reason! I saw friends and clients crying because they have lost everything, personal, private or professional files. Which in most cases can not be restored because recovery specialists are very expansive, or the devices are physically missing or too badly damaged.

Before choosing one, or better, several backup solutions, keep in mind the following points.

Location
- Locally on external hard-disk, NAS, tape, other local computers
- Remotely in other physical places, houses, offices, friends, co-workers
- In the Cloud on your own server or using commercial services

Reliability and Redundancy

Accessibility and Privacy

Speed and Delay

In the mean time...
Use crashplan.com a multi-platform, full-featured and reliable online backup service. The one and only which is really unlimited in size or bandwidth at just 60 USD/year!

On macOS: Apple Time Machine, Carbon Copy Cloner and Immortal Files.

Privacy and Anonymity

Anti-Virus, Malware, Adware and Browser-Hijacker

Stop pop-up ads and adware in Safari
Very interesting and detailed explanation regularly maintained by Apple Support Team. This article gives step by step instructions to find, remove and stop dozen of pop-up ads and Adware/Browser-Hijacker in Safari, including all their hidden files spread inside OS X System Library.

Independent comparison reports on various security tools are available on:
av-comparatives.org - av-test.org - virusbulletin.com - selabs.uk and several computer magazines each year.

Scanning and Cleaning Tools

These tools DO NOT protect your devices in real-time! Use them only when you want to scan manually you devices or just check suspicious files, email attachments or websites.

Real-time Anti-Virus / Anti-Malware

These tools DO provide real-time protection, always running in background, to protect your device from viruses and malware.

Never ever install more than one real-time AV on a computer, this can creates lots of conflicts!

Additional Protection Tools

These tools provide various types of protection, detection or just warn you about unusual activities, which does not always mean that something is going wrong.

Firewall

Different methods exist to block various kind of sites or to protect you from unwanted 'visitors', human or bots. But one in another, it's the principe found in usual firewall.

More details soon...

System 'hosts' file

To block unsafe, adults or not suitable for work web sites, you can simply black-list their addresses and/or IP in your system 'hosts' file.

Verification and Information

Apple Macintosh - OS X Applications

Email

Mobile Phone - Cellular - GSM

Tools and SaaS for Webmasters

Tools and Sites to Fight Spam

Bookmarklets

Free Books, Courses and Tutorials





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