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Windows Encryption Showdown: VeraCrypt Vs Bitlocker

When you really need to keep your files safe and secure, you need encryption. We’ve covered the basics before, and even rounded up your favourite encryption tools, but today we’re putting two of the most popular options for Windows head to head to see which one is the best at keeping your sensitive data safe.


Microsoft Is Banning Stupid Passwords

There’s a big problem with passwords, and it’s all down to the people who set them up in the first place. There are plenty of idiots who can never remember their passwords, and just use something so hilariously obvious they probably shouldn’t even have bothered. Microsoft is taking measure to put an end to that.


Ask LH: Should I Leave A 'Password Will' For My Loved Ones?

Dear Lifehacker, I nearly became road kill on the weekend when a bus zoomed past me while I was crossing the road. This close brush with death got me thinking: should I make a will containing all my digital passwords? My loved ones will obviously need to access my bank account if I die uexpedtedly. They might also want to look over my emails, social media accounts and other online services I subscribe to. Do you recommend this, and if so, what’s the safest way to go about it?


Australia's 'Three Strikes' Piracy Scheme Is Back On Hold (And Rights Holders Are To Blame)

Foxtel and other rights holders have backed away from a proposed scheme that would have seen alleged pirates dragged to court after receiving three warning letters for copyright infringement. Once again, the fly in the ointment was money, with negotiations breaking down over who would foot the bill for the scheme — copyright holders or ISPs. Will the industry ever learn?


Stop Turning Off Your Lock Screen, Use Android Smart Lock Instead

Regularly locking your phone’s screen can be an annoyance. So much so that a third of Android users don’t even lock their phones at all, and those that do choose painfully obvious PINs or patterns. Fortunately, there’s a better way: It’s called Smart Lock for Android.


Six Steps To Creating A Strong Password [Infographic]

Passwords are a pain in the neck to make up. It’s easy to fall into the trap of using words that are just easy for you to remember. But that, in turn, makes them easy to guess and potentially exploited by cybercriminals. Security firm ESET has released a visual guide to help you with creating a password that is more secure than “123456”.


Five Best Online Backup Services For 2016

Everyone’s got at least one horror data loss story to tell. Computer errors and hard drive crashes can hit at any time — usually when it’s going to be the most inconvenient — so it’s worthwhile to look into an online backup service to keep all your precious memories and valuable information safe.


Apple Watch And Acronis True Image Winners Announced!

At the beginning of the month, we invited you to share your top data loss horror stories in a bid to win an Apple Watch Sport and Acronis’ True Image backup software. After poring through scores of grim anecdotes, we’ve now chosen the winner! Nine runners-up also scored a copy of Acronis True Image. Read on to see if you won!


Passlok Simplifies Email Encryption So Anyone Can Use It

Web/Chrome/Android/iOS: We’ve shown you how to encrypt your email with PGP, but it can be daunting to get started with. Passlok is a webapp, mobile app and Chrome app that makes the process easy, and there’s a Chrome extension that even integrates with Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo.


Hide Your PIN Or Password On A Fake Business Card With Magic Ink

Carrying a note to help you remember your PIN, password or lock combination can be risky, especially if thieves get a hold of it. This DIY fake business card will only reveal your secret note when you give it a little heat.


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