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Old 8 February 2017, 18:29
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So, I am getting to the point of having to jettison the free version of Dropbox and pay for it, or something else. Dropbox is easy to use and works across all machines.

I like the privacy/security benefits of Spider Oak, but it seems difficult to setup.

I have seen iDrive gets good ratings. Does anyone have any experience with it?

Just seeking opinions on who likes what.

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Old 8 February 2017, 22:23
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SpiderOak has worked well for me. I have several platforms, home and work, and have been able to synchronize with only minor issues. It also reassures me that my personal office files remain mine, not on the company computer. The ability to share files quickly with others that I might not know, securely, is a plus for me as well.
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Old 9 February 2017, 08:26
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Spideroak. Have a function called 'Hive' which works like Dropbox. Otherwise you get a solid encrypted backup product.
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Old 21 May 2017, 15:49
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Stupid question: I have mostly Mac's at my house. Is there a way, when playing, say a YouTub video, of capturing/ripping and recording the sound directly to the machine as a playable file?
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Old 21 May 2017, 16:17
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If you google "youtube to mp3," there are a few online tools that allow you to paste the video URL and download th corresponding audio file.

Are you looking for a utility that lives on your machine?
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Old 21 May 2017, 20:47
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Found this....simple to use. Probably illegal...lol. I'm sitting at the island in my kitchen and mention I just found this tool. My 21 year old daughter yells at me for yelling at her like 10 years ago for pirating music.

http://download.cnet.com/MediaHuman-...-75445803.html
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Old 4 February 2018, 16:18
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Considering changing my foot print.

I currently use AirVPN. Looking for opinions on VPN's in 2018. There's a million lists so I figured I'd come here for user experiences.

I am also considering going with Tutanota for email. Though that's a bit of a transition.

Thoughts...?
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Old 4 February 2018, 17:08
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I currently use AirVPN. Looking for opinions on VPN's in 2018. There's a million lists so I figured I'd come here for user experiences.
Keep AirVPN, or look at using Mullvad. Both are solid options.
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Old 5 February 2018, 07:44
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Considering changing my foot print.

I currently use AirVPN. Looking for opinions on VPN's in 2018. There's a million lists so I figured I'd come here for user experiences.

I am also considering going with Tutanota for email. Though that's a bit of a transition.

Thoughts...?
+1 Why not stay with Air? I switched to using their 'Eddie' Client over OpenVPN because the 'Network Lock' is so easy to use and you get a real time load readout on each countries' servers.

Email - how secure do you want? ProtonMail would probably do (pay them, they deserve it), but Countermail is the cat's meow IMO.
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...but Countermail is the cat's meow IMO.
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Old 5 February 2018, 20:01
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+1 Why not stay with Air? I switched to using their 'Eddie' Client over OpenVPN because the 'Network Lock' is so easy to use and you get a real time load readout on each countries' servers.

Email - how secure do you want? ProtonMail would probably do (pay them, they deserve it), but Countermail is the cat's meow IMO.
Not locked into changing anything. Just shopping for new options (or old ones...).
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Old 9 March 2018, 05:20
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With tax time at hand, one of my agents sent me a communication about a subject I had not considered before.

If I'm going to sell my laptop, I need to ensure my turbotax data is gone from it to avoid ID theft. The notion is that a software is needed since after I "delete" the files, a trace of them remains on the harddrive until something else actually overwrites it.

I have no idea how many memes I'd have to download to wipe out the old data, so it seems some type of "secure delete" software is needed.

Are there options out there that free to use or do I have to spend money on a Clinton type of "wipe with a cloth"? I'm not looking to the wipe the entire drive, since part of the selling point is that the computer will come with programs like MS Access, Excel, etc. I'm only looking to fully delete the things I've already "deleted".
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Old 9 March 2018, 08:22
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With tax time at hand, one of my agents sent me a communication about a subject I had not considered before.

If I'm going to sell my laptop, I need to ensure my turbotax data is gone from it to avoid ID theft. The notion is that a software is needed since after I "delete" the files, a trace of them remains on the harddrive until something else actually overwrites it.

I have no idea how many memes I'd have to download to wipe out the old data, so it seems some type of "secure delete" software is needed.

Are there options out there that free to use or do I have to spend money on a Clinton type of "wipe with a cloth"? I'm not looking to the wipe the entire drive, since part of the selling point is that the computer will come with programs like MS Access, Excel, etc. I'm only looking to fully delete the things I've already "deleted".
Just download the free Veracrypt and encrypt the entire system with a long ass key (you can use Keepass to generate a 256 character one). This in itself will do it, but to be safe, then delete all partitions. Mini Partition Wizard is free. I mean, there is a ton of stuff you can do - SSDs like Samsung and Sandisk offer Secure Erase through their software... MPW above can secure delete... Jetico BCWipe offers a fully functional trial that will wipe everything, including the Host Protected Area and Drive Control Overlay (HPA/DCO). It all depends on what the buyer wants when he gets the laptop??? If he wants a working OS or if he's installing his own. Hell, you can remove the drive and keep it yourself, you could install a new one for the buyer, etc...

Fun with Anti-Forensics

Edit: Ok, just read the last part of your post (duh me). You are doing something that is not ideal as far as security/privacy goes hoss. If you don't have a way to re-install Windows and the programs he wants, the only thing you can do would be to secure delete the data files you are concerned about, and then use a Program to securely wipe all the 'Free Space' on the drive. Look up a free (version) of a program called PrivaZer:

https://privazer.com/

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Just download the free Veracrypt and encrypt the entire system with a long ass key (you can use Keepass to generate a 256 character one). This in itself will do it, but to be safe, then delete all partitions. Mini Partition Wizard is free. I mean, there is a ton of stuff you can do - SSDs like Samsung and Sandisk offer Secure Erase through their software... MPW above can secure delete... Jetico BCWipe offers a fully functional trial that will wipe everything, including the Host Protected Area and Drive Control Overlay (HPA/DCO). It all depends on what the buyer wants when he gets the laptop??? If he wants a working OS or if he's installing his own. Hell, you can remove the drive and keep it yourself, you could install a new one for the buyer, etc...

Fun with Anti-Forensics

Edit: Ok, just read the last part of your post (duh me). You are doing something that is not ideal as far as security/privacy goes hoss. If you don't have a way to re-install Windows and the programs he wants, the only thing you can do would be to secure delete the data files you are concerned about, and then use a Program to securely wipe all the 'Free Space' on the drive. Look up a free (version) of a program called PrivaZer:

https://privazer.com/

How about CCleaner free version?
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Old 9 March 2018, 08:50
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How about CCleaner free version?
I don't like the fact that a previous version of CCleaner was hacked/infected:

https://www.google.com/search?source....0.NTrT6JmLlKc

PrivaZer is big time involved in the Privacy circles online (started on WildersSecurity IIRC).
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Old 9 March 2018, 16:29
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Email - how secure do you want? ProtonMail would probably do (pay them, they deserve it), but Countermail is the cat's meow IMO.

I've been running with paranoid.email latelty. I don't have a single unkind thing to say about it.
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Old 9 March 2018, 17:18
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I've always used https://dban.org/ for wiping a drive.
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Old 9 March 2018, 17:26
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delete the data files you are concerned about, and then use a Program to securely wipe all the 'Free Space' on the drive. Look up a free (version) of a program called PrivaZer:

https://privazer.com/
That is exactly what I was looking for. I have no desire to wipe the entire drive as the programs here double the value of the machine. Just want to make sure that what I've deleted stays deleted. Thank you very much.
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That is exactly what I was looking for. I have no desire to wipe the entire drive as the programs here double the value of the machine. Just want to make sure that what I've deleted stays deleted. Thank you very much.
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