Encrypting your sensitive data is important, but not all encryption tools are the same. Last week we asked you for your favorites, and then we looked at the top five file encryption tools and put them head to head. Now it's time to crown the community favorite.
Keeping your personal data safe doesn't have to be difficult—as long as you keep the sensitive stuff encrypted and under your control. That's why this week we're looking at the five best file encryption tools you can use to encrypt your data locally so only you have the key.
Earlier last week we asked you to share your favorite virtual machine application, and then highlighted the five most popular picks. Now we're back to highlight your favorite.
Most modern computers are powerful enough to run entire operating systems within your main operating systems, which means virtual machines are more commonplace today than ever. Here’s a look at the five most popular virtual machine applications.
Running operating systems in a virtual machine is a fantastic way to access other operating systems without rebooting your machine. We want to hear all about your favorite tool for creating and managing virtual machines.
Last week we asked you to share your favorite file encryption tool. We tallied up the votes and put the five top contenders before you in the Hive Five. Now we're back to highlight the winner and runners-up.
Last week we asked you to share your favorite disk image tools, then we rounded up the five most popular responses for a vote. Now we're back to highlight your favorite.
Disk image tools allow you to take physical discs and drives—DVDs, hard drives, and other media—and turn them into virtual images for ease of storage and manipulation. Here's a look at five of the most popular disk image tools.
Sometimes you want to mount a disk image to see what's inside, install software, or even play a game, but you don't always want to burn a CD or DVD to do it. That's where disk image tools come in handy.
Running multiple operating systems side-by-side gives you the chance to test applications, run platform-specific software, and tons more without ever rebooting. It's also extremely cool. Here's how to run Windows, Mac, and Linux simultaneously and pain-free as possible.
Linux: We've featured one way to mount your Google Docs library as a drive in Windows, but blogger Martin Owens has created an application to do the same in Ubuntu, so you can edit and save to Google Docs from your desktop.
If you're on Windows, need to use OS X, but don't want to buy or build a new computer, reader Bobby Patton shows us how to run Snow Leopard in a virtual machine on Windows with just a few tweaks.
VMware is a great tool for running Windows and Linux anywhere, but OS X clients are not supported. Snow Leopard can be made to run on Windows, and Mac-hacking blog iHackintosh has the nitty-gritty on getting it working.
Windows 7/Windows Server 2008: If you're a fan of the virtual hard drive system available in newer versions of Windows but you're not a fan of digging in the control panel for clunky mounting and unmounting, check out VHD Attach.
Tech thinker Anil Dash gets "uncharacteristically nerdy" and breaks down the process he used to install Windows 7 in Boot Camp—and then get access to it from OS X, without rebooting, using the free virtualization software VirtualBox.
Windows only: Free Sysinternals application Disk2vhd takes a snapshot of your PC, and turns it into a Microsoft Virtual PC virtual hard drive—while your system is up and running.
Windows only: WinCDEmu makes it easy to quickly mount and access the contents of CD and DVD image files you've extracted or downloaded.
Windows only: Free application Gizmo Drive mounts almost any virtual hard drive you can throw at it, including ISO, BIN, CUE, and the new virtual hard drive (VHD) images supported in Windows 7.
Windows only: Free utility Gladinet Cloud Desktop removes the web interfaces from Google Docs, Picasa Web Albums, Windows Live SkyDrive and Amazon S3 Storage, mounting them instead as folders you can add, remove, or open documents from. Gladinet hides most of the back-end technology that pulls it off, asking you only…
Click to viewThe proliferation of thumb drives and external hard drives has made optical media like DVDs seem a little less handy—but there are still plenty of ways to put DVDs to good use. These shiny, multi-gigabyte discs can run entire operating systems, put movies on your computer and vice-versa, host a robust…