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True System Security Tweaker customizes over 400 Windows options

Setting up policies and restrictions on a Windows computer isn't all that hard using built-in tools, but it's always nice to have a utility on hand which can further simplify the process. True System Security Tweaker (TSST) is a free, portable tool you can use to modify nearly 500 settings on your Windows systems. Both 32 and 64-bit Windows installs (from XP to Windows 7) are supported, and...

Porn in the United Kingdom to become opt-in

Not one to let the hyperconservative Australian government walk away with the censorship crown, the UK government plans to make the surfing of Internet porn opt-in. Next month, Communications Minister Ed Vaizey will meet with major UK ISPs to discuss a blanket block of porn. Rather than porn being available to all, UK surfers will have to contact their ISP to be allowed on a 'porn surfing...

Admin templates for Google Chrome make it more enterprise-friendly

System admins generally aren't fond of rolling out new software to their users if they don't have a measure of control over what those users can and can't do with the app in question. Google knows that, and they've been working for a while now to add enterprise-friendly policy support to Chrome. Now, Google has made policy templates available for download which provide a measure of lockdown...

AeroTweak is an option-filled tweaking app for Windows 7

A while back, I ran down a list of 7 tweaking apps for Windows 7. One more worth knowing about is AeroTweak, a fully-portable Windows tweaking app which allows you to modify and disable a wide range of features. AeroTweak lets you painless flip the switch on things like AeroShake, taskbar thumbnails, and low disk space notifications. It also provides one-click disabling of autoruns on all your...

Will policy support help Google Chrome make enterprise gains?

While Google Chrome has seen plenty of uptake from enthusiasts, developers, and end users at home, enterprise environments have always been a bit tougher to penetrate. Internet Explorer is still king of the hill when it comes to enterprise browsing -- and even Firefox has only recently begun to make serious inroads. One thing which might help is the addition of policy support to Chrome. With...

YouSendIt is the only way to transfer files across the Internet -- review, and mammoth give-away

In today's day and age, transferring files is a pain in the ass. Sure, there's email or instant messenger if you want to transfer a single file from A to B -- but what if there's an attachment size limit on your email, or a firewall preventing you from sending files? What if you want to transfer whole directories? It's certainly possible but it's painful. Then there's FTP, an ancient technology...

Facebook pre-approves other websites to access your personal info

If you care who uses your Facebook data, you should get ready to change your privacy settings, yet again. Facebook Connect, which delivers your personal data to other sites that you choose, is about to start delivering it to sites that Facebook has pre-approved, too. That basically makes Facebook Connect an opt-out instead of an opt-in feature, and compromising your privacy will be the default...

Apple decrees death to "cookie-cutter" iPhone apps

When Apple caused a stir by removing thousands of sexually suggestive iPhone apps from its App Store, astute commentators noticed something unsexy that a lot of the apps had in common: they were practically cookie-cutter copies of one another. A lot of those apps were just different collections of bikini photos wrapped in identical user interfaces, and with no feature differentiation. It seems...

Apple's new rule for the iPhone app store: "no skin!"

When Apple pulled a selection of apps featuring scantily clad women and other sexy themes from the app store late last week, it wasn't quite clear whether there was a new policy in place, or if the wanton deletion of apps bare flesh was just the crazy whim of some employee. Well, a couple of days and a whopping 5,000(!!!) removed apps later, we have an answer. When I say "we," I don't mean...

Wikipedia will require trusted editors to approve changes

According to the New York Times, Wikipedia is making a move away from a democratic free-for-all system where anyone and everyone can edit any article. Instead, the site will require that changes to articles about living people be approved by trusted users. As fans of Spider-Man are aware, with great power comes great responsibility. Wikipedia's massive growth over the past few years, and its...

Nawras PC Supervisor Configures Local Security Controls

If installing a program like Trust No Exe isn't your style, you can always use registry edits and policy changes to lock down PCs. That can be a little tiresome, but Nawras PC Supervisor makes it as simple as checking a few boxes. PC Supervisor gives you control over just about everything you might want to restrict. Control panel access can either be blocked completely or limited to only those...