System Security: Large Software docLock

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DocLockIntroduction:

With the majority of bank accounts, professional and other services now managed online, there is a much greater chance that you are going to have related documentation floating around on your PC.  Whilst the information is safe whilst it is in your hands, if you need to send sensitive information by email, or some other form of digital transfer, there is always a slight risk that it might be intercepted in some way (such as your email account being hacked) or that it might fall into the wrong hands in some other way.  The obvious answer to this is to password protect and encrypt sensitive information using a prearranged password so that the transfer is secure no matter the way it is transferred. Large Software have come up with a simple to use software that protects files and folders in just such instances.

Specifications:

  • Password Protect any Important Files or Folders
  • Drag and Drop Technology for Simple Locking Protection
  • Share/Email Locked Files
  • Simple Ease of Use
  • Compact File Size
  • Complements all Security Software

Review:

Large Software's docLock really is simple to use, providing a very simple interface with which to password protect anny file on your computer simply and efficiently.  The interface provides four very simple options: "Lock a file", "Unlock a file", "Manage Passwords" and "Secure delete a file".

Locking a file is as simple as selecting files or folders to lock and then choosing a password (using either a random one selected by the software or one you would like to use). So that you have a record of the password, it can be saved as an image and there is also the option to make it a portable locked file (allowing it to be opened on any PC not jist those with docLock installed) or a email friendly locked form (essentially a password protected zip file). Unlocking files and folders is as simple as the locking process requiring either a previously saved image, or the password if you remembered to write it down!

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With the "manage password" option you can regularly change passwords on sensitive information in order to ensure ultimate security (useful if you use a shared computer or allow regular access to your PC by others) and the "Secure delete a file" function offers a quick file shredding service so that sensitive files are unrecoverable if the need arises.

Price:

£19 - available from Downloadbuyer.com. although until the end of march Computer Takeaway readers can get 50% off using the coupon code CT50OFF

Verdict:

4/5 - For the peace of mind it offers for users who need to store and regularly send sensitive documents and other files, Large Software is excellent value for money.  The software is well designed, very simple to use and powerful enough to ensure that confidential information stays confidential.

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Hard Disk Management: Auslogics Disk Defrag Professional

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Disk Defrag Pro BoxIntroduction:

Keeping your system updated is essential for keeping any Windows PC in order to keep it in tip top shape, however most people overlook the simplest tasks such as defragmenting your hard drive.  Auslogics provide a number of system facilities that we liked and the latest product we were asked to review was Auslogics Disk Defrag Professional, a fully featured piece of software dedicated to (Yep, you guessed it!) defragmenting your hard disk aimed at business users (a free version with less features is available for free for home users).

Specifications:

  • Defragments system files (MFT, pagefile, hiberfil, etc.)
  • Offers a choice of 4 disk optimization algorithms
  • Not only defrags, but prevents further fragmentation
  • Uses special algorithms for SSD and VSS-enabled drives
  • Shows detailed reports and performance charts

Review:

We were pleased to see that Auslogics Disk Defrag Pro follows a similar design principle to that we saw with Auslogics BoostSpeed 5 that we reviewed back in 2010 (here), with a very simple interface that descibes every option in detail. As would be expected, Disk Defrag is solely designed to maintain a system's hard drives, and it does this simply and efficiently. The software can cater for both standard hard drives as well as SSDs making sure that you get the best performance of each, but not at the cost of their lifetime (in the case of SSDs).  Drives can be defragmented simply at the click of a button, or advanced presets can be used to defrag specific files orfolders either manually or using a wizard interface.

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The real benefit of Auslogics Disk Defrag Pro is the ability to tailor the defragmentation to specific profiles so that schedules can be set around your existing usage of the PC (desktop, business, internet use). Advanced options allow various defragmentation profiles to set so that files can be optimised to suit specific needs (startup time, hard drive zonage etc.). In practive we tried the software on both a internal SSD and an external standard HDD.  The software immediately recognised the SSD and adapted the defragmentation process to suit, both drives were defragmented quickly and the inbuilt reporting software provided a full log for both drives (each time the process is run, a report is held for each drive defragmented) detailing the results of the process.

In addition to defragmenting the hard drives the software will also schedule disk checks prior to defragmenting to ensure that any errors are not compounded by the defragmentation process. There is even an inbuilt resource monitor that monitors system processes in order to ensure that defragmentation isn't run during a system critical period (i.e. when your gaming or a laptop is about to run out of charge!)

Price:

£19.06 (converted from US dollars) - direct from Auslogics.

Verdict:

4.5/5 - Auslogics Disk Defrag Professional does exaclty what it says on the tin! It has a great interface and is therefore easy to use, and offers a great number of advanced feeatures that allow for far more customised defragmentation of your favourite PC.

Apple iPhone 4/4S case: Urbanista Powercase - Las Vegas Review

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Urbanista Las Vegas iPhoneIntroduction:

With the average retail price of the iPhone 4S being around £450, and the iPhone 4 at ~£400, it is no wonder that most people want to protect them in the best way possible. Due to the popularity of the iPhone there are hundred of different cases available from silicon sleeves to hard cases, but until recently we hadn't seem one that had a battery backup built into it, something that sets the Urbanista Las Vegas apart from the run of the mill!

Specifications:

 

  • PowerCase™ for iPhone 4 & 4s
  • Capacity: 1500mAh (Li-polymer battey)
  • Output: 5V/500mA
  • Color on bumpers: black/red/silver
  • Material: ABS
  • Size: 129.5 x 62 x 14.9 mm
  • Weight: 70g

Review:

The Urbanista Las Vegas Powercase offers a fashionable looking semi-rigid enclosure for the main body of the iPhone 4 or 4S and additionally includes a screen protector to help minimise the chance of scratching to the screen. Included with the casing are three different coloured (red, black or grey) rubber "bumpers" that frame the device with the main portion of the case incorporating a 1500 mAh battery, that effectively acts as the back of the case.

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Although the included instructions have lost a little in translation, the installation of the phone into the Las Vegas case is very easy: The phone connects via it's port to the case, a bumper is then slotted over the top and sides of the phone and then the screen protector can be applied.  The addition of the battery to the case means that this isn't one of the lightest cases on the market and it does add a centimetre to the overall length of the phone, but given the effective doubling of battery life, the additional 70g is definitely worth the trade off. Since the case makes use of the smartphone's main docking port, the phone also can't be docked once installed and a micro USB port built into the case (and included cable) has to be used for charging and docking of both the iPhone and case battery.  The current state of charge is indicated by an LED display that lets you know how much juice is left.

Price:

~£61

Verdict:

4/5 - Although expensive, the Urbanista acts as a solid enough stylish hard case for the Apple iPhone 4 and 4S, offering three different colour bumpers to suit your accessories. The additional battery power offers a real benefit effectively doubling the usage time of your phone - a handy thing given the average battery life!