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Password Safe review: Solid management tool for technical users

This database is great for storing, organizing, and searching for passwords, but it's hampered by a lack of browser integration.

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Kill your data dead with these tips and tools

Your data must be handled discreetly. Whatever your reason for wanting to get rid of old files, here's how to make sure sensitive information is truly deceased.

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HDDerase.exe review: Freeware utility securely erases drives the old-fashioned way

This command-line utility is an oldie, but that's just because it doesn't need to change. If your drive's not in a frozen security state, it works like a charm to invoke the ATA secure erase command.

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IObit Uninstaller 3 review: Free utility competes with a built-in Windows feature, almost wins

An uninstaller is a tough sell, even when it's free. IOBit Uninstaller 3 tries to woo users with a pretty interface and batch uninstall features.

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Ashampoo Burning Studio 14 review: A competent burning suite, mildly upgraded

Though there aren't a lot of new features, the latest version of Ashampoo Burning Studio remains a top solution for your optical and multimedia creation needs.

Not Another PDF Scanner 2 review: Free NAPS2 makes documents scans easier

Scanning documents in Windows doesn't have to entail extra steps or extra cost. NAPS2 is an old-school tool that keeps things as simple, free, and open-source as can be.

Review: RescueTime helps you figure out where your week went

RescueTime's new interface is prettier and easier to use, but the service remains tricky to use right.

LICEcap review: Make animated screenshots, prove GIFs aren't just for memes

Delightfully tiny utility LICEcap lets you create GIFs showing on-screen action, to quickly communicate software features and issues.

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TAudioConverter review: Put a nice face on open-source audio transcoding

This front end for the latest audio codecs lets you convert and rip audio from video with ease.

Show, don't tell: 6 great tools for capturing, annotating, and sharing screenshots

Screenshots are invaluable in daily office life, whether they're for shiny product pages or just to better explain a technical issue you've stumbled on. Here are six excellent (and mostly free) screenshot tools.

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Wondershare MobileTrans Review: Windows utility makes phone upgrades a lot easier

Wondershare MobileTrans easily copies data from your old phone to a newer one--everything from contacts and call logs to texts, photos, videos, and music. It's not cheap, but it works well.

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Review: VirtualBox 4.3 goes touchy-feely for Windows 8 virtualization

VirtualBox 4.3 now supports touch in its virtual machines, bringing the venerable application up to date technology-wise. Mostly.

Review: f.lux makes your computer usable at night

Staring into a monitor late at night can make it hard to fall asleep later. There's a solution, and it's free.

Review: WinZip 18 stays light on its feet with new Express add-ons

WinZip 18 comes with optional add-ons that may mean most users never see the main application window.

PCs fail. Be ready with the best boot-drive programs

When disaster strikes, you need a plan for booting up your PC. These utilities can help restore order in times of crisis, allowing you access to your operating system and all of your data again.