Services like Gmail & Microsoft Outlook will say that they provide their customers with an encrypted or encoded email service, and these companies undoubtedly do offer them. Their security keeps your information protected while it is journeying through the numerous protocols, which is rather important as this can stop governments and hackers from snooping on your conversations. But they can still be accessed and opened by hackers and government agencies, and apart from governments, many a times companies too snoop on the emails for advertising purposes. Hence, it is extremely important that we secure our emails without wasting any time.
Mentioned below are some of the best enctypted email services:
- Proton Mail– Its servers are based in Switzerland, and it is one of the best online encrypted email service providers. This service can be accessed for free.
- Tor Guard– A top-of-the-line encoding VPN & Email provider.
- GnuPG– Is the same as OpenPGP, and it can work with almost any email service. Involves complex set-up.
- Rise Up– A Seattle-based secure email service provider, and their high-end developers are all birds (at least, their pseudonyms are all based on birds).
- OneShar– This secure messaging service can self-destruct. As a result, they are good for sending passwords and other email addresses.
- Counter Mail– Counter Mail is also an encrypted email service provider, and they claim they are easy to use.
- Bit Message– This is a peer-to-peer (P2P) messaging system.
- NeoMailBox– This encrypted email service provider can be used with Outlook, Netscape – I don’t remember using it the last time – & Eudora. Their servers are also based in Switzerland, and they offer unlimited addresses.
- Opaque Mail– Open source and available on GitHub.
- Shazzle Mail– This encrypted email service was primarily designed for cell phones, mainly iOS & Android, but is now available to download on PC and Apple computers.
- Hush Mail– This can be used as your email service provider. Allowing you to send encrypted emails, without having to install any security software on your PC.
- Crypto Heaven– This is also a web based encrypted email service provider, meaning you do not need to install any other software, but it is expensive.
- A/I – The company A/I not only provides encrypted emails, but it also offers services for Blogs.
You can use any of the above services but we recommend Proton Mail because apart from being extremely secure, it also provides 500 MB free data usage.
Related: Opera adds inbuilt free VPN.
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The popular browser Opera today added inbuilt VPN service in its browser. This feature has been rolled out amid growing concerns of user privacy and net surveillance .
The official tweet from Opera regarding the update reads:
— Opera (@opera) April 21, 2016
VPN means Virtual Private Network . It is basically a layer between the user and the ISP (Internet service provider). It is a technology that creates an encrypted connection over a less secure network. It helps the user to:
- Hide IP address
- Unblock blocked content
- Enhance security of Open networks
Opera is the first major browser to come up with this feature and this might be a game changer for Opera which has been constantly market share to its rivals.
VPN is used by millions of users to browse the web freely but they need to pay for it (~$ 50/year). There are free VPN services but not very usable due to slow speed. With Opera providing this feature inbuilt and for free, the service will find many users.
Read Also: LibreOffice…Is it good enough??
As of now this feature is available only on Opera developer version for Windows, Mac and Linux. To download the browser, Click me.
Meanwhile, you can check this small video about the update from Opera:
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By Pritesh Kumar 12/03/16 09:51:00
For past many years, Microsoft Office has been the de facto office productivity suite. No doubt, MS Office is an excellent software which has evolved over the years and now has a formidable presence but the only sore point is its exhorbitant price.
At one point of time, OpenOffice seemed to be catching up but internal rife among creators did not let this happen. OpenOffice is still being developed but not with the same support and enthusiasm like earlier.
Meanwhile LibreOffice was forked from OpenOffice in 2010 and with active developer support, it has caught up very fast. In fact LibreOffice is the default word processing software provided with many Linux distros like Ubuntu.
Now lets find out the strengths and weaknesses of LibreOffice. For the time being, have a look at the quick comparision table below.
Quick Comparision Table:
|Software Type||Properitary||Open source||Open source|
|Developed By||Microsoft||The Document Foundation||The Apache Software Foundation (presently)|
|Price||Rs 3000 to 34000/annum||Free||Free|
|Latest Stable Build Released On||Office 2016||5.1.1||Milestone AOO412m3|
Windows, Mac OS, Android, Windows phone
|Linux, OS X, Windows, Solaris, Free BSD, Net BSD, Android (Viewer)||Linux, OS X, Windows, Solaris, Free BSD(ported)|
|Available In||102 languages||110 languages||121 languages|
|Cloud Support||Full Cloud Sync||NA||NA|
|Cloud Storage||1 TB(One Drive)||NA||NA|
|Includes||Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, MS Publisher etc among others||Writer, Calc Spreadsheet, Impress Presentation, Draw, Math Formula
The official documentation defines LibreOffice as “LibreOffice is a modern, easy-to- use, open source productivity suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and more .” It is also free.
LibreOffice includes the following softwares:
- Writer: Word processor
- Calc : Spreadsheet,
- Impress: For making and editing Presentations
- Draw: Used to produce sketch, technical drawings, posters etc
- Math Formula : Maths formula editor
- Base: Database creator
The UI is more refined as compared to previous versions but still looks outdated. It seems it came straight from the last decade. Toolbar is also a bit cluttered.
The toolbar, menu etc can be customised using Tools>Customise>Toolbar to remove some of the clutter.
Users who only want the job get done won’t care much because the interface although cluttered, is usable. Still there is a lot of room for improvement.
Some of the features are:
Save As: You can save the document in almost every document format available. In case you care about Office compatibility, that too is available(.doc, .docx, .dot etc).
Export as pdf: You can directly export any document in pdf format for easy sharing.
Backward Compatibility: You can use this to open almost any legacy document format.
Extensions: There are many extensions(>200) to take your productivity to the next level.
Preview in Web Browser: You can also preview your document directly in any web browser.
Password Protection: You can password protect your document with multiple options like Modify Protect, Open Protect etc
There are many other features.
The only very important(for some users) feature it misses is Cloud Integration and yes it should be present in today’s cloud centric market. The developers are hard ad work and hopefully the feature will be integrated very soon.
Ease Of Use:
For those already using MS Office, this is a piece of cake. For others too, it is nothing difficult to be wary of and you will be at home in a day or two after using it.
In Windows, Writr, Impress etc can also be directly accessed from Start menu. Rating: 4/5
The complete software package was just 217 MB’s while Office 2016 is 2000 MB+. So its very light on data usage and hard disc.
I tested the software extensively on 4th gen i3, 4th gen i5 and 5th gen i5 machines and for most part, it worked smoothly**. Even one large document file() I had downloaded from net opened fast.
**While testing there were some minor glitches like space or enter button not working (twice to be exact). Although these distracted attention but nothing up to the level that annoys. Hopefully, these will be ironed up in future updates.
Since the software is being developed as an Open Source project so there is no one to snoop at your private data (contrary to MS Office) . Hence, you can rest assured that your data is only yours.
It also addresses the concerns of Governments who constantly worry about their secret data being monitored by foreign secret agencies. They can feel less worried by using this.
➔ Free of cost
➔ Fast and fluid
➔ Light weight
➔ Excellent community support
➔ Outdated and Cluttered UI
➔ Lack of Cloud Integration
Overall LibreOffice is fast and reliable Office Suite and without any rival in the free arena. It does everything you expect an Office Suite to do and that too for free. The students will highly appreciate this. People who use pirated copies of MS Office should also give this a try.
Overall Rating: 4 (Recommended)
Software Version reviewed: 18.104.22.168
OS: Windows 10 Processor: 4th gen i5
By Pritesh Kumar
More often than not, we face the problem of a slowed down PC . With time data in the hard disc piles up and the PC becomes super slow. This problem is more pronounced today as we have hard discs with 1000 GB space.
In this post, we will be discussing some of the proven tips to boost PC speed. You may try some or all of these.
1. Delete Unwanted Files and Programs
Over time, the hard disc becomes similar to the storeroom of our houses in which we just throw away all the junk (in hope that we may need them in future). And this is not a good habit as apart from taking valuable space it causes significant slowdown. So, remove all the unwanted files.
Also uninstall any unnecessary programs in your PC.
Read This: How to take screenshots in PC
Screenshots are real time snaps of a display. It is a very handy feature to capture the screen contents. Screenshots can be very useful if you have to tell some expert about an issue in your PC or when you want to save some info as an image for better editing.
As of today, almost all OS (be it Android, ios or Windows) support this feature(Android lacked this in its early iterations but now its built in the OS).
Ability to take screenshots has been an integral part of Windows OS(Through Snipping Tool). The feature has become more functional in Windows 10.
There are several ways to take screenshots in PC. Some are very fast while some are time consuming (albeit more functional).
You can try any of the below mentioned methods to take screenshots.
This week saw a lot of tech updates. Some of them are:
- Netflix has entered the Indian market. The first month of service is free as bonus.
- Microsoft launched the much awaited Surface Pro in India. The base price of Rs 89,990 is rather steep (An ipad pro with 128GB costs 79,900)
- Lenovo K4 Note launched in India at 11,999 INR. The phone features 5.5 inch 1080p display, fingerprint sensor, 3 GB RAM etc.
- BlackBerry CEO has confirmed that although new Blackberry Android devices will be launched this year, BlackBerry 10 wont be phased out.
- HTC launched the Desire 728 dual sim phone at 17,990 INR. It has a 5.5 inch HD screen, Octa Core MediaTek MT6753 processor and boots Android 5.1.
With each passing day, the data services are becoming better but still online viewing is inferior to locally stored data. And also you donot have to worry about the bandwidth as you can watch it multiple times contrary to online viewing where data is used each time you access the content.
Downloading Youtube videos on smartphones is practically effortless, thanks to the myriad of good apps available but the same can’t be said about computers. For many people its a very troublesome task. Of the many methods to download videos there are some which really stand out. Read on to find out more….
1. FOR CHROME
Since Chrome is the most widely used browser, lets start with Chrome (This method will work equally well with other browsers too).
Also Read:SLOW PC?? TRY THESE TIPS TO BOOST SPEED
Earlier Chrome Web Store had many good extensions with the ability to grab videos but due to changes in the store policies these were later on removed. So Chrome users are left only with websites facilitating the same.
Motorola today launched the much awaited Moto X Play in India at Rs 18,999 for 16 GB and Rs 19,999 for the 32 GB model. From today midnight the device will be officially available on Flipkart.
There are multiple early bird offers available. Notable among them are:
Flipkart E-gift voucher of Rs 1000
100% cashback for 100 lucky Flipkart Ping users
Holiday Packages from makemytrip
Movie vouchers worth Rs 500 from bookmyshow
The Play is a downscaled version of the Moto x Style albeit with a beefier battery. Seeing the aggressive pricing, the play should do good.
Specifications at a glance:
- 5.5 inch FHD display
- 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 615 processor
- 2GB RAM, 16/32 GB storage
- 21 MP camera, 1080P(30 fps) recording
- 4G LTE connectivity
- 3650 mAh battery
To check the phone and offers, head to Flipkart via this link.
Sony has announced the α7S II mirrorless camera which promises exceptional low light performance. The camera has a Standard ISO range of 100 – 102400 which is expandable to ISO 50-409600.
IMAGE SOURCE: Sony
True to its tagline “Out of darkness cometh light“, the camera performs damn good in near stark darkness which is evident in this video on YOUTUBE . This model is the successor to the previously released Sony A S7. The present camera improves upon the previous one while maintaining the novelties.
- Exceptional light senstivity
- BIONZ X™ processing engine
- 35 mm full frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm), Exmor® CMOS sensor
- 5-axis optical image stabilization minimizes blur
- 120fps 1080p recording at 100Mbps
For full specificitions sheet, click me.
Expected Price: €3,400 (Europe).
The camera is yet to be launched so those interested can head to this link and do some pixel peeping before they get one to try their hands on.