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Best free stuff, 2013 edition

Free is fine, but free and good is awesome. Check out the best apps, services and software online, for work and play.

Best free stuff, 2013 edition: The busy geek

Here are the nine best free tools for the busy geek.

Mobile security reality check: What you really need for protecting your phone

Is mobile really a malware hotbed? To quote Public Enemy, "Don't, don't, don't believe the hype!"

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New McAfee LiveSafe utility protects computers, tablets, and smartphones

This new security software aims to make it easier to protect a multi-device household with everything from antivirus to antitheft features.

Lookout targets privacy-invading mobile ad networks

Mobile security vendor Lookout plans to start flagging as adware mobile apps that use aggressive ad networks if they don't obtain explicit consent from users before engaging in behavior that potentially invades privacy.

10 great technologies to secretly install on Mom's PC

Mom kept you safe and happy when you were a kid, and now you can do the same for her—or at least for her PC.

Use of 'honeywords' can expose password crackers

Researchers propose foiling password thieves by salting password databases with red herrings called 'honeywords.'

McAfee to acquire firewall maker Stonesoft

McAfee plans to acquire Stonesoft, a Helsinki-based maker of firewalls, for US$389 million in cash, the companies said Monday.

Samsung delays launch of Knox Android security software until 'later date'

Samsung's Knox software is expected to give the company's Galaxy phones a seriously business-friendly boost, but it may be facing delays.

Failed authentication frequently thwarts online shoppers

About half of online shoppers are "very frequently" or "frequently" prevented from buying online good and services because they can't get their credentials to work at business websites, a study released Wednesday finds.

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Microsoft adds two-factor authentication to keep accounts secure

If you're an active user of Outlook, SkyDrive, Office Web Apps, or other Microsoft services, you may want to add two-step verification for an extra layer of security.

Lawsuit could put kink in Microsoft's push for cloud security

A patent lawsuit filed by New Jersey-based StrikeForce challenges two-factor authentication technology used by PhoneFactor, a company acquired by Microsoft last October.

Microsoft details law enforcement requests in new report

Following similar disclosures from companies like Google and Twitter, Microsoft has for the first time released statistics about requests it has received from law enforcement agencies for data about its users, and the criteria it employs to decide how it will respond.