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Save 63% on a 3 month VPN deal with IPVanish - just $13.50

Latest Tech News - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 09:50

Usually when signing up for a new VPN deal, the longer you sign up for, the better the price. But with IPVanish's new offer, a short term contract could end up saving you more in the long run. 

Offering 63% off its three month contract, IPVanish is allowing you to stay safe online without having to commit to a long term contract. But if you finish your three months and want to continue, the news only gets better.

As part of this offer, IPVanish won't increase the price if you decide to stay. That means you can pay just $13.50 every three months for as long as you want, the rest of your life if you're that committed to online safety!

Considering we rank IPVanish as one of the best VPN providers around, this is a deal offering brilliant value along with top of the line software. Between the quick speeds, large number of locations to use and most importantly, Netflix capability, IPVanish is one of the best options out there.

Do hurry though, like all good things in life this offer won't be hanging around for long. You have until June 1 to get this discounted price.

VPN deal: 63% discount on IPVanish What can you do with a VPN

There are traditionally two main reasons you might want to get a VPN - protecting yourself online and avoiding internet restrictions. In terms of online safety, a VPN uses encryption technologies to mask your IP address so you can't be tracked. Simply, it makes it a lot harder for you to be traced on the internet.

Their other use is a bit wider in its functionality and realistically more popular. VPNs can allow you to work around restrictions online which means watching your favourite channels in other countries, getting cheaper deals on flights and trains and watch any country's Netflix no matter where you are. 

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Dell Memorial Day sale: save up to 50% on TVs, laptops, monitors, and more.

Latest Tech News - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 09:34

The 2019 Memorial Day sales have officially arrived, and that means Black Friday-like prices from a plethora of retailers. Dell's Memorial Day sale is one of the biggest events of the year and includes doorbuster deals on laptops, TVs, monitors and more. You can save up to 50% off through Monday with new discounts added every day.

Dell's top deals include $400 off the XPS 13 2-in-1 laptop, the Dell 24-inch UltraSharp Monitor on sale for just $299.99 and a $400 discount on Dell's 27-inch Gaming Monitor that also includes a $50 e-Gift card.

Another standout deal from Dell is the Samsung 75-inch 4K Smart TV that's on sale for $1,097.99. That's a $400 discount and the lowest price we've found for the big-screen TV. You'll be able to watch your favorite movies and TV shows in stunning 4K UHD resolution and stream from popular apps such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon video and more. The TV ships for free and the discount is only valid during the holiday weekend sale.

Shop more of Dell's Memorial Day deals below that include huge savings on laptops and monitors. The discounts end on Monday, so make sure to take advantage while you can.

The best Dell Memorial Day deals:

Shop more deals with our roundup of the best Memorial Day sales of 2019.

You can also shop more 4K TV deals and sale prices, cheap laptop deals, and monitor deals.

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Google wants Android phones and Chromebooks working more closely together

Latest Tech News - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 09:30

You've already got several options when it comes to linking an Android phone with a Chrome OS laptop, but it's not on the same scale as, say, Apple MacBooks and iPhones. Now it looks as though upgrades are in the pipeline.

New code snippets reported by Chrome Story point towards Android and Chrome OS working more closely with each other in the future, though as yet there's no official word when these changes will arrive.

Among the features potentially on the way is the ability to click a phone number on a Chromebook to instantly call it on Android, the option to share Wi-Fi passwords between devices, and a universal clipboard feature.

Those are all tricks that work between iOS and macOS and Google obviously wants its mobile and desktop operating systems working more closely together.

OneChrome to rule them all

For now these look like works in progress, and Google hasn't said anything officially about them (they weren't flagged at Google IO earlier this month). It could be some time before they actually go live.

For some extra peace of mind, the connections between Android and Chrome OS are end-to-end encrypted, foiling anyone who might be trying to eavesdrop on what you're copying between devices.

For now the upgrades are labeled "OneChrome" but that could change. They might get packaged in with other Android and Chrome OS integrations, such as instant tethering from a registered phone.

Chrome OS already has the capacity to run Android apps of course. There are signs that Google engineers are planning to improve this feature too, and potentially allow the sideloading of Android apps on to Chromebooks.

Via XDA Developers

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Google wants Android phones and Chromebooks working more closely together

Latest Tech News - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 09:30

You've already got several options when it comes to linking an Android phone with a Chrome OS laptop, but it's not on the same scale as, say, Apple MacBooks and iPhones. Now it looks as though upgrades are in the pipeline.

New code snippets reported by Chrome Story point towards Android and Chrome OS working more closely with each other in the future, though as yet there's no official word when these changes will arrive.

Among the features potentially on the way is the ability to click a phone number on a Chromebook to instantly call it on Android, the option to share Wi-Fi passwords between devices, and a universal clipboard feature.

Those are all tricks that work between iOS and macOS and Google obviously wants its mobile and desktop operating systems working more closely together.

OneChrome to rule them all

For now these look like works in progress, and Google hasn't said anything officially about them (they weren't flagged at Google IO earlier this month). It could be some time before they actually go live.

For some extra peace of mind, the connections between Android and Chrome OS are end-to-end encrypted, foiling anyone who might be trying to eavesdrop on what you're copying between devices.

For now the upgrades are labeled "OneChrome" but that could change. They might get packaged in with other Android and Chrome OS integrations, such as instant tethering from a registered phone.

Chrome OS already has the capacity to run Android apps of course. There are signs that Google engineers are planning to improve this feature too, and potentially allow the sideloading of Android apps on to Chromebooks.

Via XDA Developers

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Hearts vs Celic live stream: how to watch 2019 Scottish Cup final today from anywhere

Latest Tech News - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 07:38

Did you know the Scottish Cup is the oldest national football trophy in the world? Top stat, hey? Well if you've landed on this page, we don't doubt for a minute that you already knew that little titbit. And it probably also means that you're interested in seeing who wins this weekend's big 2019 Scottish Cup final. Well, we can help you there with our Hearts vs Celtic live stream tips.

Saturday 25 May is arguably the biggest day in the 2018-19 Scottish football calendar and all of the action is ready to kick off at 3pm. The big story of the day (sorry Hearts fans) is to see whether Celtic will pull off an unheralded third successive domestic treble, having already won the league (although Rangers weren't far behind) and beaten Aberdeen 1-0 in the Scottish League Cup Final.

Celtic have won the competition 38 times before and Neil Lennon's team will obviously go in to the game as big favourites. Heart of Midlothian on the other hand are eight-time winners themselves. Can they somehow pull of a major upset here?

Below we'll talk you through how to watch on domestic television, online and even if you're outside the UK this weekend. So wherever you are, you'll be able to get a Hearts vs Celtic live stream as it happens.

How to live stream FA Cup final in the UK for free: Live stream the Scottish Cup final from outside your country

If you're abroad for the game and find that you can't watch your home coverage online because it is geo-blocked, we have a handy alternative to allow you to watch as if you were back on your sofa.

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Hearts vs Celic live stream: how to watch 2019 Scottish Cup final today from anywhere

Latest Tech News - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 07:38

Did you know the Scottish Cup is the oldest national football trophy in the world? Top stat, hey? Well if you've landed on this page, we don't doubt for a minute that you already knew that little titbit. And it probably also means that you're interested in seeing who wins this weekend's big 2019 Scottish Cup final. Well, we can help you there with our Hearts vs Celtic live stream tips.

Saturday 25 May is arguably the biggest day in the 2018-19 Scottish football calendar and all of the action is ready to kick off at 3pm. The big story of the day (sorry Hearts fans) is to see whether Celtic will pull off an unheralded third successive domestic treble, having already won the league (although Rangers weren't far behind) and beaten Aberdeen 1-0 in the Scottish League Cup Final.

Celtic have won the competition 38 times before and Neil Lennon's team will obviously go in to the game as big favourites. Heart of Midlothian on the other hand are eight-time winners themselves. Can they somehow pull of a major upset here?

Below we'll talk you through how to watch on domestic television, online and even if you're outside the UK this weekend. So wherever you are, you'll be able to get a Hearts vs Celtic live stream as it happens.

How to live stream FA Cup final in the UK for free: Live stream the Scottish Cup final from outside your country

If you're abroad for the game and find that you can't watch your home coverage online because it is geo-blocked, we have a handy alternative to allow you to watch as if you were back on your sofa.

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The best bank holiday sales and deals available at Amazon, John Lewis, Argos, Boohoo and more

Latest Tech News - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 07:13

The second set of May's Bank Holiday Sales are now live at all the best retailers and we're here to roundup the hottest deals and tell you who is having the best sales events from now and throughout the long weekend. This way you can have a quick look and then get back to chilling - hopefully in the sun.

If you've landed here from the USA, not to worry you can get some great deals this weekend too over in our roundup of the best Memorial Day sales.

There's lots to choose from in the world of tech and beyond too this bank holiday weekend. So sit back and check out our picks which include TVs, laptops, consoles, fashion brands, furniture and smart home gadgets. Digging out discounts is what we do, not just every bank holiday or Black Friday, but every day of the week, so you know we'll steer you to the best ones.

Bank holiday sales aside, this is a quiet time of year for great deals, so be sure to grab anything that takes your fancy as you might be waiting a while again for a decent deal, although we're expecting to share some fantastic offers in our Amazon Prime Day deals roundup later in July.

To stay tuned on all our regular deal updates, bookmark our deals page or follow us over on Twitter.

Bank holiday sales: quick links
  • Amazon: great discounts on Amazon devices and more.
  • John Lewis: save up to 30% on multiple categories.
  • AO: going big on cheap TVs, laptops, household appliance and electricals.
  • Argos: Big Red Sale on home, garden and tech this weekend.
  • Currys: "A-May-zing deals". Worth a click for the bad pun alone.
  • Sky TV: Now available from just £22 a month.
  • ebuyer: save up to 40% on computing, laptops and TVs.
  • B&Q: 20% off outdoor even is live now.
  • boohoo: Massive 50% discounts throughout the bank holiday weekend.
  • Very: Bank holiday deals on home, tech, outdoors, fashion and more.

If you're after something specific that's not included above, you'll probably find it in one of our other regular updated deals hubs. We've got a massive list of super cheap TV deals, or maybe it's time for a new cheap laptop? If gaming's your thing and you're looking for a new console we've got you covered for a cheap PS4, or maybe Xbox One deals, or maybe you're after a Nintendo Switch bundle? We've seen some fantastic mobile phone deals too. Bank holidays are also usually a great time to get a cheaper Sky TV deal.

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The best bank holiday sales and deals available at Amazon, John Lewis, Argos, Boohoo and more

Latest Tech News - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 07:13

The second set of May's Bank Holiday Sales are now live at all the best retailers and we're here to roundup the hottest deals and tell you who is having the best sales events from now and throughout the long weekend. This way you can have a quick look and then get back to chilling - hopefully in the sun.

If you've landed here from the USA, not to worry you can get some great deals this weekend too over in our roundup of the best Memorial Day sales.

There's lots to choose from in the world of tech and beyond too this bank holiday weekend. So sit back and check out our picks which include TVs, laptops, consoles, fashion brands, furniture and smart home gadgets. Digging out discounts is what we do, not just every bank holiday or Black Friday, but every day of the week, so you know we'll steer you to the best ones.

Bank holiday sales aside, this is a quiet time of year for great deals, so be sure to grab anything that takes your fancy as you might be waiting a while again for a decent deal, although we're expecting to share some fantastic offers in our Amazon Prime Day deals roundup later in July.

To stay tuned on all our regular deal updates, bookmark our deals page or follow us over on Twitter.

Bank holiday sales: quick links
  • Amazon: great discounts on Amazon devices and more.
  • John Lewis: save up to 30% on multiple categories.
  • AO: going big on cheap TVs, laptops, household appliance and electricals.
  • Argos: Big Red Sale on home, garden and tech this weekend.
  • Currys: "A-May-zing deals". Worth a click for the bad pun alone.
  • Sky TV: Now available from just £22 a month.
  • ebuyer: save up to 40% on computing, laptops and TVs.
  • B&Q: 20% off outdoor even is live now.
  • boohoo: Massive 50% discounts throughout the bank holiday weekend.
  • Very: Bank holiday deals on home, tech, outdoors, fashion and more.

If you're after something specific that's not included above, you'll probably find it in one of our other regular updated deals hubs. We've got a massive list of super cheap TV deals, or maybe it's time for a new cheap laptop? If gaming's your thing and you're looking for a new console we've got you covered for a cheap PS4, or maybe Xbox One deals, or maybe you're after a Nintendo Switch bundle? We've seen some fantastic mobile phone deals too. Bank holidays are also usually a great time to get a cheaper Sky TV deal.

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Our top five Bank Holiday SIM only deals: from £3.99p/m up to huge data SIMO deals

Latest Tech News - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 06:48

Like many of the best pairings in life - fish and chips, Batman and Robin, man and his dog - we can't help but feel like the market's incredible selection of SIM only deals, and all of the free time the Bank Holiday weekend will be providing you were a match made in heaven.

If you're now in the position where you need to grab a SIMO, whether that's to pair with a brilliant SIM-free phone you're planning on getting in the Bank Holiday sales, or to put in your phone now your contract is up, this weekend is the time to do it.

With offers ranging from the UK's cheapest SIM to some of the most impressive big data offers we've seen on the market, there is pretty much a SIM only deal to suit any needs.

We've listed the top five options down below so you can choose the one that works best with your budget.

The top SIM only deals this weekend:
  • Still not convinced? Select from our list of best SIM only deals in the UK today
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Our top five Bank Holiday SIM only deals: from £3.99p/m up to huge data SIMO deals

Latest Tech News - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 06:48

Like many of the best pairings in life - fish and chips, Batman and Robin, man and his dog - we can't help but feel like the market's incredible selection of SIM only deals, and all of the free time the Bank Holiday weekend will be providing you were a match made in heaven.

If you're now in the position where you need to grab a SIMO, whether that's to pair with a brilliant SIM-free phone you're planning on getting in the Bank Holiday sales, or to put in your phone now your contract is up, this weekend is the time to do it.

With offers ranging from the UK's cheapest SIM to some of the most impressive big data offers we've seen on the market, there is pretty much a SIM only deal to suit any needs.

We've listed the top five options down below so you can choose the one that works best with your budget.

The top SIM only deals this weekend:
  • Still not convinced? Select from our list of best SIM only deals in the UK today
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Best endpoint security software of 2019: Secure your business perimeter

Latest Tech News - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 06:27

Everyone knows the importance of having security software on their PC, but most business owners likely have set-ups that normal anti-virus software won't be able to cover adequately, especially in a business with multiple PCs. 

This is where endpoint security software comes into play, providing all the main features of consumer anti-virus, but with additional protections to protect not just your computer but also your network and associated server access. Even better, endpoint security usually comes with more control options, not list whitelists and blacklists for applications, as well as a central control panel to enforce company policies.

Other options can include filtering website access, as well as deploying security solutions remotely to other devices on your business network.

Each entry in this list has been carefully chosen for its business features, such as remote installation and central management. The best endpoint security service  will have enterprise-level protection against threats, but that doesn't mean they have to cost a lot of money, either.

The price per installation can sometimes be cheaper than even our recommended best antivirus package. So, what's on offer? We've checked out eight of the best endpoint security tools around in order to find out.

Most offer discounts if you buy a two or three-year package, so where possible we ordered them by their 10 PC, two-year package prices to maximise your savings. All prices below are for one-year and five end points. You can of course customise these on the vendor's website.

Avast Business Antivirus Pro is an excellent business endpoint security software suite, giving you various tools such as antivirus,  Firewall, email protection, anti-spam and the ability to sandbox applications for complete security. Avast Business Antivirus Pro (as opposed to the standard Avast Business Antivirus) also includes Sharepoint and Exchange protection, as well as a number of tools for your servers.

The AV protection you get is generally rated as good by independent testing, with Avast's engine blocking 99.7 per cent of threats in AV-Comparative's Real-World Protection report. 

The free version of this security package has long been considered one of the best, but If value for money and simplicity are key factors, Avast Business Antivirus Pro could be a sensible choice.

Our EXCLUSIVE Avast business antivirus deal

Symantec Endpoint Protection's first benefit is the company's Insight file reputation technology, an effective way to detect and block even the very latest undiscovered threats.

Other layers of protection include AV, behaviour monitoring, intrusion protection, a firewall, and the 'Power Eraser' to remove stubborn threats and repair your system.

Symantec's security policy options are a real highlight. You can set application blacklists or whitelists, control file and Registry access, restrict and control access to external media, and more, then monitor systems and enforce policies from a central console.

While there's no bundled protection for mobile devices, the package runs just about everywhere else: PCs, Macs, and a host of virtual environments and Linux distros.

If reliable protection is a top priority, Bitdefender GravityZone Business Security needs to be on your shortlist. Bitdefender products are loved by the independent testing labs, highly rated for malware detection, removal, performance and usability.

Most of the features work automatically – antimalware, firewall, web advisor, URL filtering – but you can also customise the product to control user actions. You're able to restrict access to certain websites and applications, block the transmission of sensitive information, remotely deploy the product to unprotected systems, and allow or deny users the ability to modify their security settings.

All this is managed from a central console where you can control and monitor remote users, create and apply custom security policies by user, location (the product adapts when users are outside the company), and more.

Avira Antivirus for Endpoint is the company's main small business product. It takes all the core features you'd expect – AV, baseline network protection, web filtering – and extends them with file server protection and optimisation, along with application whitelisting and blacklisting.

Avira's Online Essentials web console lets you manage your devices. This is simpler than some of the high-end competition, but that's not necessarily a disadvantage, and there's some useful functionality here: drive partition reports, licence management, remote deployment, and assorted mobile phone tools (antitheft, phone finder, and more).

Avira Antivirus for Endpoint doesn't have the longest of feature lists, but it's easy to use, and offers excellent protection, regularly matching competitors like Bitdefender and Kaspersky in AV-Comparative's Real World tests.


Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud is a small business product, which comes ready to protect Windows PCs, file servers, Android and iOS devices.

The desktop side of the package has all the usual quality Kaspersky modules – AV, antispam, a firewall, more – but the mobile security technologies are even more impressive. There are tools to detect insecure devices, control password rules, manage camera use, filter unwanted calls and texts, and remotely lock or wipe data from lost devices.

That’s topped off with an easy-to-use web console managing network and Bluetooth configuration, internet access policies, device settings and more. The most recent version added support for Mac devices, further extending protection.

There's impressive levels of protection, too. Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud came first out of four contenders in AV-Comparatives' October 2016 Business Security Test, detecting and blocking 100% of known malware and exploits. The package also produced an above-average five false positives, so overall, it put in some impressive results.

Webroot SecureAnywhere products stand out immediately for being incredibly lightweight: they're tiny (2MB disk space), install so quickly you'll barely notice (from 5 seconds), and consume the absolute minimum of system resources.

Scans are fast, too, and because just about everything is done in the cloud, there are no bulky updates or definitions to download – you're always up-to-date.

Other features include behaviour monitoring, an outbound firewall, along with identity and privacy protection. These don't always have the power and options of other tools, but they're implemented with real intelligence, and generally cope well with day-to-day tasks.

A cloud-based console enables tracking all your installations, and the package runs on just about any Windows or macOS system.

Factor in the price and Webroot looks very appealing to us, but it really is a product you need to try for yourself to understand the benefits. If you're interested, grab a copy of the trial and see what it can do for you.

F-Secure Client Security Standard is a popular endpoint protection tool, highly rated by the independent testing labs.

AV is just the start. There's also a firewall, intrusion detection, web filtering, online banking protection and device control.

If you need more, the Premium edition adds a software updater to scan for missing patches, and an option to restrict a user's web access by category. Whatever version you buy may be deployed and managed from a central console.

There are some issues here, in particular the fact that F-Secure's engine is more likely than most to flag legitimate software as malicious. But overall F-Secure Client Security Standard offers good protection for a reasonable price, and it's certainly a product worth thinking about.

Only available through value added resellers and specialist online retailers

Sophos Endpoint Protection Advanced is a powerful tool which uses many technologies to keep you safe. It blocks dangerous URLs, and is capable of detecting and removing exploit code, analysing behaviour to uncover even the very newest threats, and identifying endpoint connections with malicious servers to find compromised systems.

The results can be impressive, with the core engine doing an above-average job of blocking zero day threats, yet raising almost no false alerts at all.

There's a price to pay for this kind of safety, though: Sophos Endpoint Protection's background activities can noticeably impact your PC's performance.

There are some business-friendly features to compensate, including DLP along with device and application control, although other packages give you more at a much lower cost.

What's the difference between consumer and business AV?

Consumer AV products might be suitable if you operate your business from a single computer and a smartphone, but if you’re using multiple devices and have many employees accessing company assets from a variety of locations, then you’ll need business-grade protection.

Business AV has more features, such as business-grade firewalls, and protects more parts of your IT infrastructure. This includes endpoint protection for PCs, Mac, Linux, mobile and virtual environments as well as server protection.

It will also give your IT department a lot more control over how it’s used, ensuring you have the best safeguards possible for your business.

Do I need endpoint security software?

If you have more than a few employees, then probably. While the evidence suggests that free AV products are effective at safeguarding against threats and providing basic protection, they do lack certain features.

With more people and more endpoints for a cyberattack to target, the additional protections such as the ability to manage (and restrict) user activity will make an incident less likely to occur.

And given the consequences of a data breach, it might not be worth skimping just to save some money.

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Best endpoint security software of 2019: Secure your business perimeter

Latest Tech News - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 06:27

Everyone knows the importance of having security software on their PC, but most business owners likely have set-ups that normal anti-virus software won't be able to cover adequately, especially in a business with multiple PCs. 

This is where endpoint security software comes into play, providing all the main features of consumer anti-virus, but with additional protections to protect not just your computer but also your network and associated server access. Even better, endpoint security usually comes with more control options, not list whitelists and blacklists for applications, as well as a central control panel to enforce company policies.

Other options can include filtering website access, as well as deploying security solutions remotely to other devices on your business network.

Each entry in this list has been carefully chosen for its business features, such as remote installation and central management. The best endpoint security service  will have enterprise-level protection against threats, but that doesn't mean they have to cost a lot of money, either.

The price per installation can sometimes be cheaper than even our recommended best antivirus package. So, what's on offer? We've checked out eight of the best endpoint security tools around in order to find out.

Most offer discounts if you buy a two or three-year package, so where possible we ordered them by their 10 PC, two-year package prices to maximise your savings. All prices below are for one-year and five end points. You can of course customise these on the vendor's website.

Avast Business Antivirus Pro is an excellent business endpoint security software suite, giving you various tools such as antivirus,  Firewall, email protection, anti-spam and the ability to sandbox applications for complete security. Avast Business Antivirus Pro (as opposed to the standard Avast Business Antivirus) also includes Sharepoint and Exchange protection, as well as a number of tools for your servers.

The AV protection you get is generally rated as good by independent testing, with Avast's engine blocking 99.7 per cent of threats in AV-Comparative's Real-World Protection report. 

The free version of this security package has long been considered one of the best, but If value for money and simplicity are key factors, Avast Business Antivirus Pro could be a sensible choice.

Our EXCLUSIVE Avast business antivirus deal

Symantec Endpoint Protection's first benefit is the company's Insight file reputation technology, an effective way to detect and block even the very latest undiscovered threats.

Other layers of protection include AV, behaviour monitoring, intrusion protection, a firewall, and the 'Power Eraser' to remove stubborn threats and repair your system.

Symantec's security policy options are a real highlight. You can set application blacklists or whitelists, control file and Registry access, restrict and control access to external media, and more, then monitor systems and enforce policies from a central console.

While there's no bundled protection for mobile devices, the package runs just about everywhere else: PCs, Macs, and a host of virtual environments and Linux distros.

If reliable protection is a top priority, Bitdefender GravityZone Business Security needs to be on your shortlist. Bitdefender products are loved by the independent testing labs, highly rated for malware detection, removal, performance and usability.

Most of the features work automatically – antimalware, firewall, web advisor, URL filtering – but you can also customise the product to control user actions. You're able to restrict access to certain websites and applications, block the transmission of sensitive information, remotely deploy the product to unprotected systems, and allow or deny users the ability to modify their security settings.

All this is managed from a central console where you can control and monitor remote users, create and apply custom security policies by user, location (the product adapts when users are outside the company), and more.

Avira Antivirus for Endpoint is the company's main small business product. It takes all the core features you'd expect – AV, baseline network protection, web filtering – and extends them with file server protection and optimisation, along with application whitelisting and blacklisting.

Avira's Online Essentials web console lets you manage your devices. This is simpler than some of the high-end competition, but that's not necessarily a disadvantage, and there's some useful functionality here: drive partition reports, licence management, remote deployment, and assorted mobile phone tools (antitheft, phone finder, and more).

Avira Antivirus for Endpoint doesn't have the longest of feature lists, but it's easy to use, and offers excellent protection, regularly matching competitors like Bitdefender and Kaspersky in AV-Comparative's Real World tests.


Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud is a small business product, which comes ready to protect Windows PCs, file servers, Android and iOS devices.

The desktop side of the package has all the usual quality Kaspersky modules – AV, antispam, a firewall, more – but the mobile security technologies are even more impressive. There are tools to detect insecure devices, control password rules, manage camera use, filter unwanted calls and texts, and remotely lock or wipe data from lost devices.

That’s topped off with an easy-to-use web console managing network and Bluetooth configuration, internet access policies, device settings and more. The most recent version added support for Mac devices, further extending protection.

There's impressive levels of protection, too. Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud came first out of four contenders in AV-Comparatives' October 2016 Business Security Test, detecting and blocking 100% of known malware and exploits. The package also produced an above-average five false positives, so overall, it put in some impressive results.

Webroot SecureAnywhere products stand out immediately for being incredibly lightweight: they're tiny (2MB disk space), install so quickly you'll barely notice (from 5 seconds), and consume the absolute minimum of system resources.

Scans are fast, too, and because just about everything is done in the cloud, there are no bulky updates or definitions to download – you're always up-to-date.

Other features include behaviour monitoring, an outbound firewall, along with identity and privacy protection. These don't always have the power and options of other tools, but they're implemented with real intelligence, and generally cope well with day-to-day tasks.

A cloud-based console enables tracking all your installations, and the package runs on just about any Windows or macOS system.

Factor in the price and Webroot looks very appealing to us, but it really is a product you need to try for yourself to understand the benefits. If you're interested, grab a copy of the trial and see what it can do for you.

F-Secure Client Security Standard is a popular endpoint protection tool, highly rated by the independent testing labs.

AV is just the start. There's also a firewall, intrusion detection, web filtering, online banking protection and device control.

If you need more, the Premium edition adds a software updater to scan for missing patches, and an option to restrict a user's web access by category. Whatever version you buy may be deployed and managed from a central console.

There are some issues here, in particular the fact that F-Secure's engine is more likely than most to flag legitimate software as malicious. But overall F-Secure Client Security Standard offers good protection for a reasonable price, and it's certainly a product worth thinking about.

Only available through value added resellers and specialist online retailers

Sophos Endpoint Protection Advanced is a powerful tool which uses many technologies to keep you safe. It blocks dangerous URLs, and is capable of detecting and removing exploit code, analysing behaviour to uncover even the very newest threats, and identifying endpoint connections with malicious servers to find compromised systems.

The results can be impressive, with the core engine doing an above-average job of blocking zero day threats, yet raising almost no false alerts at all.

There's a price to pay for this kind of safety, though: Sophos Endpoint Protection's background activities can noticeably impact your PC's performance.

There are some business-friendly features to compensate, including DLP along with device and application control, although other packages give you more at a much lower cost.

What's the difference between consumer and business AV?

Consumer AV products might be suitable if you operate your business from a single computer and a smartphone, but if you’re using multiple devices and have many employees accessing company assets from a variety of locations, then you’ll need business-grade protection.

Business AV has more features, such as business-grade firewalls, and protects more parts of your IT infrastructure. This includes endpoint protection for PCs, Mac, Linux, mobile and virtual environments as well as server protection.

It will also give your IT department a lot more control over how it’s used, ensuring you have the best safeguards possible for your business.

Do I need endpoint security software?

If you have more than a few employees, then probably. While the evidence suggests that free AV products are effective at safeguarding against threats and providing basic protection, they do lack certain features.

With more people and more endpoints for a cyberattack to target, the additional protections such as the ability to manage (and restrict) user activity will make an incident less likely to occur.

And given the consequences of a data breach, it might not be worth skimping just to save some money.

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Best social media management tools of 2019

Latest Tech News - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 06:21

Companies spend a lot of money these days creating killer content for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the various other social media platforms out there. Whatever business you're in, reaching your customers, clients and readers relies a huge amount on the ubiquity of social media sites.

But there's no point spending time and resources on fantastic Facebook posts and tremendous tweets if you then don't know how to effectively monitor their impact and influence. Counting how many followers you have only tells part of the story.

Getting the most out of your chosen social media platforms is as essential to your business as finding the right CRM system. That's why we've picked out five really useful social media analytics tools that will help you understand which of your posts are working, and which get a thumbs down.

Snaplytics

Snapchat was released in 2011, so there are relatively few marketing tools available for the platform compared to big names like Facebook and Twitter. The app works through the creation of short-lived 'stories' with which users can interact.

Snaplytics is designed to help you manage this by taking regular snapshots of your Snapchat account and offering you Insights. The creators maintain groups of 20 accounts for each category, allowing you to benchmark your own account's success.

You can also use Snaplytics' library of previously created content to view past efforts, see how well users engage with them, and republish if you wish.

If you have a more complex marketing campaign, Snaplytics also supports scheduling stories ahead of time for later publication. You can organize stories with tags, allowing you to easily keep track of them as your campaign grows.

Snaplytics' dashboard has been liberally praised online for its elegance, as has the app's ability to display marketing performance on a platform by platform basis.

There's a free 14-day trial, after which you must contact the Snaplytics team for a quote. This is the only real criticism of the app, as a tiered pricing structure would be more useful for marketers working to tight budgets and deadlines.

Sprout Social

Sprout Social is probably first and foremost known as a one-stop shop for managing and scheduling all of your social media accounts through one simple-to-use platform. Very handy indeed for your company's social media administrator when they're trying to juggle Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more at once.

But it doubles up as a powerful tool for analysing your data, too. You can sort by various demographic and geographic measures to quantify exactly what content is working for which followers. Sprout can manage multiple accounts and monitor keywords across all social media so that you know when your brand is being discussed. It also helps your company respond to customers by directing messages to the people within the organisation who need to action them.

You can try Sprout Social for free with its 30-day trial. If you like it, prices then start from $99 (£75, AUS$124) per user per month.

Brandwatch

There are quite a few social listening tools that we could have picked out for this list, but we've gone with the internationally-renowned Brandwatch. The Brandwatch Analytics tool puts its ear to the ground to eavesdrop on to the information that could be imperative to your company from Facebook, Twitter, blogs, forums, news and every other corner of the web.

Social sentiment analysis shows the tone of the data collected from the profiles you've connected with, and it's easy to tap into pertinent trends and themes emerging from the internet that could tip the balance in your company's favour. We particularly like Brandwatch's personal approach from the premium Enterprise plan, where you get a dedicated account manager who will give you bespoke advice.

Buffer

Rather like Sprout Social above, Buffer is another all-rounder that lets you post to your platform and then analyse the results. One of its major plus points is just how simple and straightforward it is to use, while also giving you flexibility. The fact it provides analytics in real-time makes instantly judging the impact of your content a doddle. 

Use the "Top Post" icon to compare different forms of content to see which works best for each network. While the Buffer app also allows for seamless Google Analytics integration for tracking the success of your marketing campaigns.

If you're flying solo, then you can get Buffer absolutely free, while the reasonably priced Pro plan allows connections to 8 social accounts and costs only $15 (£11, AUS$20) per month.

Hootsuite

Hootsuite aims to provide an all-in-one platform for social media management across multiple sites. As expected, there's an option to search and filter through existing social media, in order to find brand mentions, insights, and demographic information.

Additionally, with any of Hootsuite's plans you have the option to schedule posts from multiple profiles across multiple social media sites. This allows you to ensure any marketing campaigns are properly timed and targeted when and where you need them to be. This is especially when posts can be tagged to ensure you store them in the right place for use at the right time.

There's also an analytics feature so you can track and measure performance against KPIs. Reports are customizable, so you can ensure you display and read the data you need to and stay focused on that. This is especially as Hootsuite is built to work for teams, not just individuals.

A number of integrations are also available, such as Asana, Slack, Mailchimp, Trello, and Zendesk, ensuring that you can work productively and efficiently when it comes to building your social media marketing and communications campaigns.

There are 3 different plans available, depending on the number of users required, with Professional, Team, and Business plans allowing 1, 3, or 5 users respectively, as well as up to 10, 20, or 35 social media profiles to be managed accordingly.

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Best social media management tools of 2019

Latest Tech News - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 06:21

Companies spend a lot of money these days creating killer content for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the various other social media platforms out there. Whatever business you're in, reaching your customers, clients and readers relies a huge amount on the ubiquity of social media sites.

But there's no point spending time and resources on fantastic Facebook posts and tremendous tweets if you then don't know how to effectively monitor their impact and influence. Counting how many followers you have only tells part of the story.

Getting the most out of your chosen social media platforms is as essential to your business as finding the right CRM system. That's why we've picked out five really useful social media analytics tools that will help you understand which of your posts are working, and which get a thumbs down.

Snaplytics

Snapchat was released in 2011, so there are relatively few marketing tools available for the platform compared to big names like Facebook and Twitter. The app works through the creation of short-lived 'stories' with which users can interact.

Snaplytics is designed to help you manage this by taking regular snapshots of your Snapchat account and offering you Insights. The creators maintain groups of 20 accounts for each category, allowing you to benchmark your own account's success.

You can also use Snaplytics' library of previously created content to view past efforts, see how well users engage with them, and republish if you wish.

If you have a more complex marketing campaign, Snaplytics also supports scheduling stories ahead of time for later publication. You can organize stories with tags, allowing you to easily keep track of them as your campaign grows.

Snaplytics' dashboard has been liberally praised online for its elegance, as has the app's ability to display marketing performance on a platform by platform basis.

There's a free 14-day trial, after which you must contact the Snaplytics team for a quote. This is the only real criticism of the app, as a tiered pricing structure would be more useful for marketers working to tight budgets and deadlines.

Sprout Social

Sprout Social is probably first and foremost known as a one-stop shop for managing and scheduling all of your social media accounts through one simple-to-use platform. Very handy indeed for your company's social media administrator when they're trying to juggle Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more at once.

But it doubles up as a powerful tool for analysing your data, too. You can sort by various demographic and geographic measures to quantify exactly what content is working for which followers. Sprout can manage multiple accounts and monitor keywords across all social media so that you know when your brand is being discussed. It also helps your company respond to customers by directing messages to the people within the organisation who need to action them.

You can try Sprout Social for free with its 30-day trial. If you like it, prices then start from $99 (£75, AUS$124) per user per month.

Brandwatch

There are quite a few social listening tools that we could have picked out for this list, but we've gone with the internationally-renowned Brandwatch. The Brandwatch Analytics tool puts its ear to the ground to eavesdrop on to the information that could be imperative to your company from Facebook, Twitter, blogs, forums, news and every other corner of the web.

Social sentiment analysis shows the tone of the data collected from the profiles you've connected with, and it's easy to tap into pertinent trends and themes emerging from the internet that could tip the balance in your company's favour. We particularly like Brandwatch's personal approach from the premium Enterprise plan, where you get a dedicated account manager who will give you bespoke advice.

Buffer

Rather like Sprout Social above, Buffer is another all-rounder that lets you post to your platform and then analyse the results. One of its major plus points is just how simple and straightforward it is to use, while also giving you flexibility. The fact it provides analytics in real-time makes instantly judging the impact of your content a doddle. 

Use the "Top Post" icon to compare different forms of content to see which works best for each network. While the Buffer app also allows for seamless Google Analytics integration for tracking the success of your marketing campaigns.

If you're flying solo, then you can get Buffer absolutely free, while the reasonably priced Pro plan allows connections to 8 social accounts and costs only $15 (£11, AUS$20) per month.

Hootsuite

Hootsuite aims to provide an all-in-one platform for social media management across multiple sites. As expected, there's an option to search and filter through existing social media, in order to find brand mentions, insights, and demographic information.

Additionally, with any of Hootsuite's plans you have the option to schedule posts from multiple profiles across multiple social media sites. This allows you to ensure any marketing campaigns are properly timed and targeted when and where you need them to be. This is especially when posts can be tagged to ensure you store them in the right place for use at the right time.

There's also an analytics feature so you can track and measure performance against KPIs. Reports are customizable, so you can ensure you display and read the data you need to and stay focused on that. This is especially as Hootsuite is built to work for teams, not just individuals.

A number of integrations are also available, such as Asana, Slack, Mailchimp, Trello, and Zendesk, ensuring that you can work productively and efficiently when it comes to building your social media marketing and communications campaigns.

There are 3 different plans available, depending on the number of users required, with Professional, Team, and Business plans allowing 1, 3, or 5 users respectively, as well as up to 10, 20, or 35 social media profiles to be managed accordingly.

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TalkTalk and Plusnet area leading the way with the best cheap broadband deals this Bank Holiday

Latest Tech News - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 05:44

Ah, the Bank Holiday weekend, famously put in place as an additional day off work to organise your brand new broadband deal. Probably.

While we may not know the exact history behind this work-free day, we do know that there are some brilliant cheap broadband deals to grab this weekend.

Two offers especially stand out for those looking to reduce their bills: TalkTalk and Plusnet. The two big name ISPs are offering broadband at a price of just £17 a month. In both instances there is nothing to pay upfront and you'll be getting average speeds of 10Mb with Plusnet and 11Mb with TalkTalk. 

These aren't the cheapest broadband deals on the market, that prestigious title goes to the slightly less known Onestream. But for internet from a recognisable name, TalkTalk and Plusnet currently take the grand prize. 

You can see both of these affordable internet packages below or check out our guide to the best broadband deals to see everything else - fibre maybe? Or even broadband and TV deals for those really splashing out.


These two affordable broadband deals in full:  What other options are available?

Want your internet, plus something to appease your love of binge watching TV? Sky has just launched a brand new 'Sky Essentials' package. That means unlimited broadband, free UK calls and a Sky+ Box, considering Sky isn't always the most affordable option, this is a pretty great offer.

Or if you need faster speeds, going with a fibre broadband deal will cost you more in the long run but the jump in speeds will save you from buffering hell. For the best value fibre package, we would recommend going with Vodafone's Superfast 1 package. With average speeds of 35Mb and costs of £21 a month, this is fibre from a big name at its best price.

Think fibre internet should have some incentives? Well going with BT could score you not just superfast speeds of 50Mb but also a £70 M&S voucher and a £30 pre-paid Mastercard - the overall best value when incentives are taken into account. 

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TalkTalk and Plusnet area leading the way with the best cheap broadband deals this Bank Holiday

Latest Tech News - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 05:44

Ah, the Bank Holiday weekend, famously put in place as an additional day off work to organise your brand new broadband deal. Probably.

While we may not know the exact history behind this work-free day, we do know that there are some brilliant cheap broadband deals to grab this weekend.

Two offers especially stand out for those looking to reduce their bills: TalkTalk and Plusnet. The two big name ISPs are offering broadband at a price of just £17 a month. In both instances there is nothing to pay upfront and you'll be getting average speeds of 10Mb with Plusnet and 11Mb with TalkTalk. 

These aren't the cheapest broadband deals on the market, that prestigious title goes to the slightly less known Onestream. But for internet from a recognisable name, TalkTalk and Plusnet currently take the grand prize. 

You can see both of these affordable internet packages below or check out our guide to the best broadband deals to see everything else - fibre maybe? Or even broadband and TV deals for those really splashing out.


These two affordable broadband deals in full:  What other options are available?

Want your internet, plus something to appease your love of binge watching TV? Sky has just launched a brand new 'Sky Essentials' package. That means unlimited broadband, free UK calls and a Sky+ Box, considering Sky isn't always the most affordable option, this is a pretty great offer.

Or if you need faster speeds, going with a fibre broadband deal will cost you more in the long run but the jump in speeds will save you from buffering hell. For the best value fibre package, we would recommend going with Vodafone's Superfast 1 package. With average speeds of 35Mb and costs of £21 a month, this is fibre from a big name at its best price.

Think fibre internet should have some incentives? Well going with BT could score you not just superfast speeds of 50Mb but also a £70 M&S voucher and a £30 pre-paid Mastercard - the overall best value when incentives are taken into account. 

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Some OnePlus 7 Pro users are reporting issues with the phone's touchscreen

Latest Tech News - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 05:30

Some OnePlus 7 Pro models are apparently exhibiting hardware problems just days after release, in the form of phantom touchscreen taps that apps seem to respond to but which haven't been made.

As reported by Android Police, the mysterious ghost touches don't seem to correspond to one particular app or one particular scenario – it's almost like they come out of nowhere.

Whether or not you've already got a OnePlus 7 Pro to hand, you can check out the forum posts, Twitter tweets and YouTube clips that describe and demonstrate the issue. At this stage it's hard to say how widespread it is.

Updates, updates, updates

All eyes are now on OnePlus to see if this is a problem it can solve in a reasonable timeframe. The OnePlus 7 Pro has already had a major software update pushed out to it, in part to improve the gaming experience.

The phone is also due another update in the next few days that should help the flagship handset take better photos, especially in low light conditions.

It's at least reassuring that OnePlus is actively pushing out patches for the OnePlus 7 Pro at a steady rate – but less reassuring that there seem to be a relatively high number of bugs and issues that need addressing.

The OnePlus 7 Pro screen has a faster-than-normal refresh rate of 90Hz for extra responsiveness, which might be part of the phantom tap problem. We'll update you as and when new details emerge.

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Some OnePlus 7 Pro users are reporting issues with the phone's touchscreen

Latest Tech News - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 05:30

Some OnePlus 7 Pro models are apparently exhibiting hardware problems just days after release, in the form of phantom touchscreen taps that apps seem to respond to but which haven't been made.

As reported by Android Police, the mysterious ghost touches don't seem to correspond to one particular app or one particular scenario – it's almost like they come out of nowhere.

Whether or not you've already got a OnePlus 7 Pro to hand, you can check out the forum posts, Twitter tweets and YouTube clips that describe and demonstrate the issue. At this stage it's hard to say how widespread it is.

Updates, updates, updates

All eyes are now on OnePlus to see if this is a problem it can solve in a reasonable timeframe. The OnePlus 7 Pro has already had a major software update pushed out to it, in part to improve the gaming experience.

The phone is also due another update in the next few days that should help the flagship handset take better photos, especially in low light conditions.

It's at least reassuring that OnePlus is actively pushing out patches for the OnePlus 7 Pro at a steady rate – but less reassuring that there seem to be a relatively high number of bugs and issues that need addressing.

The OnePlus 7 Pro screen has a faster-than-normal refresh rate of 90Hz for extra responsiveness, which might be part of the phantom tap problem. We'll update you as and when new details emerge.

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These new exclusive Samsung Galaxy S10e deals are the best value around

Latest Tech News - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 04:51

Through a combination of the blistering sun, the confusingly never-ending supply of bank holidays and a collection of brilliant TechRadar exclusive Samsung Galaxy S10e deals, there has never been a better time to be British...right?

Wouldn't include Samsung's Galaxy S10e in your British summertime patriotism? Well you might change your mind when you see how good these offers are. With two S10e contracts - both with no upfront costs and costing just £34 a month - they're already a pair brilliantly priced offers. Throw in the decent amount of data that both offer and they become the best value options on the market.

What's more, they're both absolutely and truly EXCLUSIVE to TechRadar readers only!

You can see all of the details of these two exclusive offers down below so you can see which one suits your needs better. A quick scan through our guide to the best mobile phone deals around will show you that it really doesn't get much better than this. 


Our exclusive Samsung Galaxy S10e deals
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These new exclusive Samsung Galaxy S10e deals are the best value around

Latest Tech News - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 04:51

Through a combination of the blistering sun, the confusingly never-ending supply of bank holidays and a collection of brilliant TechRadar exclusive Samsung Galaxy S10e deals, there has never been a better time to be British...right?

Wouldn't include Samsung's Galaxy S10e in your British summertime patriotism? Well you might change your mind when you see how good these offers are. With two S10e contracts - both with no upfront costs and costing just £34 a month - they're already a pair brilliantly priced offers. Throw in the decent amount of data that both offer and they become the best value options on the market.

What's more, they're both absolutely and truly EXCLUSIVE to TechRadar readers only!

You can see all of the details of these two exclusive offers down below so you can see which one suits your needs better. A quick scan through our guide to the best mobile phone deals around will show you that it really doesn't get much better than this. 


Our exclusive Samsung Galaxy S10e deals
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