Ten... freeware gems for new PCs

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Dropbox

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Fancy a way of keeping small amounts of data synchronised in one folder between all of your devices including tablets and smartphones? Dropbox is the entry-level cloud service that relieves a fair amount of stress when it comes to data availability. With Dropbox you have a small background application which monitors the contents of a local folder and synchronises it with its own cloud storage.

You can access your files through another device with Dropbox or through the Dropbox website. Unlike running your own private cloud service, Dropbox stores your files for 24/7 availability, which means free users are limited to 2GB, but you do have access anytime, anywhere.

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Eraser

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Most people focus on protecting data they want to keep, but what about keeping prying eyes out of the recycle bin? Eraser uses algorithms based on Peter Gutmann’s well known paper Secure Deletion of Data from Magnetic and Solid-State Memory so you can ensure that your data truly is destroyed.

Perhaps you won’t find it as immediately useful with a fresh instal, but it is invaluable for removing stubborn bits of malware and for clearing sensitive data when replacing hard drives. You can even add it to the context menu to bypass the recycle bin entirely.

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