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Privacy Fence 2.0.38

Prevent ransomware accessing your files

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 19 May 2016
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Downloads To Date: 1598
Developer: Fortes Grand
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Privacy Fence
Prevent ransomware accessing your files

Privacy Fence is a free tool which aims to prevent untrusted applications from accessing your data.

The program starts by scanning key user folders - Desktop, Pictures, Videos, Music and so on - and building a list of the file types you're using.

Any applications associated with these file types are automatically trusted, so for example if you double-click a JPG to open it in your regular viewer then Privacy Fences won't complain.

If an untrusted application tries to open a protected file type, though, Privacy Fences displays a warning. You're able to block or allow the action, and tell the program to remember your decision for this process, which means you won't be prompted about it again.

This can have dramatic results, at least initially. When we first restarted our test PC, the desktop wasn't accessible until we'd worked our way through around 30 alerts.

Fortunately, this settles down quickly enough, as you tell Privacy Fence about your trusted applications.

There's also an option to trust signed applications, which should minimise any future hassles.

Please note, although the developer claims Privacy Fence works as soon as it's installed, the program did nothing at all for us until we rebooted.

Verdict:

A simple tool which should offer some protection about ransomware, once you've got past all the initial alerts.

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Posted by: Peter O, 03 July 2016 01:44

"which should offer some protection against ransomware"

Not a very inspiring verdict.
Seems likely that ransomware will perform one or more of the common disguises & therefore be undetected by this program.
To warrant download & install we need more info about which ramsomware is known to be vulnerable to detection by this program.

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.17.61

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WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

What's New in Version 2.17.61

- Search messages within a specific chat: Open any chat, tap the chat name at the top to go to Contact Info/Group Info, and then tap Chat Search.
- Design improvements for iOS 11.
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