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Floola

Manage music, photos, video, podcasts, and more with this full-featured, standalone iPod utility.

GOM Media Player

Watch any video file--even broken ones--without having to hunt for codecs.

Seagate Maxtor BlackArmor Encrypted Hard Drive

The BlackArmor encrypted hard drive is tops for its intuitive out-of-the-box experience, good utilities bundle, and reasonable price.

Lenovo ThinkPad USB Secure Hard Drive

Lenovo's cool, capable, and encrypted data-sharing device will appeal to business users and techies alike.

Kingston DataTraveler Vault--Privacy Edition Encrypted USB Flash Drive

Kingston's encrypted drive provides ultimate data protection in a portable flash model, but for a steep price.

LaCie d2 Safe Encrypted Hard Drive

The solid, relatively inexpensive d2 Safe is one of the few encrypted hard drives suitable for both Macs and PCs.

Data Locker Pro AES Edition Encrypted Hard Drive

The touch-screen controls on the Data Locker Pro encrypted drive look like a gimmick, but they make common tasks far easier.

Apricorn Aegis Bio Encrypted Hard Drive

The Aegis Bio encrypted hard drive has a fingerprint scanner and software that secures both the drive and the contents of your PC.

Apricorn Aegis Vault Encrypted Hard Drive

Apricorn's Aegis Vault encrypted hard drive sports a convenient built-in USB cable.

SanDisk Cruzer Contour Secure USB Flash Drive

The SanDisk Cruzer Contour U3 flash drive can take a licking and still maintain your data, but it lacks high-end encryption.

Encrypted Drives Keep Your Files Safe

In the war against lost or stolen information, these secure, portable drives are the special forces.

How to Lock Down the Data in Your Apps

Microsoft's Remove Hidden Data tool makes sure that no embarrassing comments are left in your older Microsoft Office documents. For Office 2007, use the Document Inspector command to vet your metadata. Also: NASA tells you how to make sure blacked out info in electronic documents remains unavailable.

17 High-Risk Security Threats (And How to Fix Them)

If you use a social network, a Web browser, a public computer, or a cell phone, beware: Your PC, your bank account, and your personal privacy are at risk. Here are 17 common threats, with fixes for each one.

How to Stop Operating-System Attacks

Ads for DriveCleaner, WinFixer, Antivirus XP, Antivirus 2009 and others pop up on PCs all the time, but the software may be fraudulent or ineffective. Also: Mac users need security updates, too.

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How to Plug Security Holes in Your Browser

To protect your browsing history, try the free Private Browsing feature in Apple's Safai or the Distrust add-on for Firefox. For complete anonymity, try the fee-based Anonymizer or the free Tor.