Malwarebytes Premium review: A fast, efficient security program with an unusual approach


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Malwarebytes began life as a complement to antivirus suites. It was a backstop to catch and remove particularly troublesome malware that your primary security program couldn’t. That all changed in December 2016 when the company announced its paid version, Malwarebytes Premium, was capable enough to be your primary security program. “With the launch of Malwarebytes 3.0, we are confident that you can finally replace your traditional antivirus,” the company said in a blog post.

Malwarebytes comes in two flavors. The first is the free version that is only capable of removing malware infections during a scan. Upgrade to Malwarebytes Premium at an annual cost of $40 for a single device or $60 for 10 devices, and it adds real-time protection, adware and unwanted program blocking, automatic updates, and scan scheduling.

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Get ready for summer reading with $50 off our pick for the best luxury Kindle


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Amazon is selling the Kindle Oasis for an all-time low price of $200.

Belkin’s fully loaded power strips are stupidly cheap in Amazon’s today-only sale


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Today is the day for power. Amazon is throwing a one-day sale on Belkin power strips and surge protectors until midnight tonight. If you need to improve your power situation with more outlets, now is the time. We’ve sifted through all 14 deals to find some especially enticing options.

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Freedome VPN review: A good VPN backed by a well-known security company


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One of the key reasons people turn to a VPN is for added security. That’s why it’s good to see well-known security companies produce their own VPNs. Almost every major top-tier AV suite comes with a VPN, but often they are just white label services from other companies. F-Secure’s Freedome, however, is a VPN built by the Finland-based security company.

Note: This review is part of our best VPNs roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

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Treat your eyes to a 55-inch, 4K HDR Samsung smart TV for under $400


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It’s almost Memorial Day and there are some interesting sales popping up. Walmart is currently discounting Samsung electronics, and we spotted a great deal on a 2018 Samsung 55-inch 4K HDR smart TV for $398. The lowest price we’ve ever seen for the UN55NU6900 on Amazon was $447, and Walmart’s list price for this TV is $528.

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Hide.me review: Serviceable speeds and simple to use


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The fundamental features you want in any VPN service are an easy-to-use desktop application, privacy protection, and speedy connections. The latter two are harder to determine. In the case of privacy, you have to trust that your VPN is doing what it says its doing. Speeds depend on your location, equipment, and ISP. Nevertheless, we do the best we can to make informed decisions, and when it comes to Hide.me VPN on Mac you get almost everything you need.

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Surfshark review: A solid VPN newcomer with some nice features


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Every time you turn around there’s a new VPN service wanting to protect your web browsing. A recent newcomer is Surfshark, which debuted in 2018. Based in the British Virgin Islands, with most of its team scattered around Europe and elsewhere, Surfshark is already offering a fair amount for its fee.

The company has more than 500 servers in 49 country locations. It promises to let you watch Netflix U.S. (as well as France and Japan for that matter), and it has extra features such as multi-hop VPN connections, ad and tracker blocking, and unlimited simultaneous devices. Sounds like a good one, but is the product as good as its stats suggest? Let’s take a look.

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Logitech’s couch-friendly K600 TV keyboard has never been this cheap


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If you’ve been pining for a couch-friendly keyboard with an integrated trackpad for the living room, today’s your lucky day. Amazon dropped the price of the Logitech K600 TV keyboard to $50. That’s down from a $70 list price, and the $60 street price this keyboard recently hovered around.

The keyboard has a 15 meter wireless range using an included USB dongle. It works with Windows and Mac PCs, as well as Android and iOS devices. Being a living room-focused peripheral, the Logitech K600 can also connect directly to select smart TVs, including Samsung Tizen-based units from 2016, LG TVs rocking webOS 2016 or newer, and Sony Bravia sets running Android TV 2016 and up.

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CyberGhost 7 review: A great choice for streaming overseas


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We haven’t looked at Romania-based CyberGhost since version 5 in early 2018. CyberGhost is on to version 7 now, with a whole new look, more servers, and more country locations. Overall, it’s still the same great service with solid speeds, and the ability to get around regional restrictions of all kinds of streaming services including Netflix, Hulu, and others.

Many people prefer CyberGhost thanks to the fact that it operates in Romania, which is well outside of the so-called Five Eyes, Nine Eyes, and Fourteen Eyes intelligence alliances. If that concerns you then I suppose CyberGhost is a good fit. Before you get all paranoid about your browsing habits, however, consider the online services you currently have. If you use Gmail, Outlook, or Yahoo for email, or put your documents in Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive there’s a lot more to worry about than your browsing habits if you’re really Continue reading “CyberGhost 7 review: A great choice for streaming overseas”

Turn one port into 10 with Amazon’s today-only USB hub and docking station sale


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It’s time for another Amazon one-day sale, and this is an awesome one for anybody suffering from a limited port selection on your ultra-light laptop or MacBook. Today, the online retailer is slashing prices on Sabrent USB hubs and a single docking station. This isn’t a huge sale with only ten options availble, but the prices are good with several products at (or close to) their all-time lows.

First up is an angled four-port USB 3.0 hub ideal for stationary use on a desk. It comes with a 30-inch cable to connect to your device. The hub doesn’t offer a charging port, and Sabrent warns that you shouldn’t connect portable external hard drives to this hub, though desktop hard drives with their own power source are fine. You can pick up this hub in black or silver for $11 today, down from its usual $15 to $20.

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Get ready for summer reading with a waterproof Kindle Paperwhite for $90, a $40 discount


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The weather is heating up, which means summer is almost here. And today’s a great time to gear up for lazy summer reading by the pool with a killer deal on a Kindle that can withstand a splash or seven. Amazon is selling the waterproof Kindle Paperwhite for $90 right now, which is $40 cheaper than the usual price of $130. It’s not clear how long this deal will be available.

The Kindle Paperwhite features a 300 pixels-per-inch display, 8GB of onboard storage (more than enough for a massive library of books), and a built-in adjustable light. This is the Special Offers Kindle, which means it comes with built-in advertising that occupies the lock screen when you’re not reading.

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Anker’s awesome, affordable car chargers and dash cams are even cheaper, but only until midnight


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Anker’s fond of releasing coupon codes that grant temporary discounts for its popular electronics accessories. Today, however, you can snag all sorts of Anker gear for the car without a coupon during Amazon’s one-day sale. There aren’t a ton of items on sale, but all of them are very solid deals—a staple of these 24-hour Amazon sales. The sale ends just before midnight Pacific time.

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The smarter, better Ring Video Doorbell Pro is $50 off and comes with a free Echo Dot


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Amazon’s got an unstoppable deal right now for a smart doorbell: The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is on sale for $199. That’s the usual $50 discount we’ve seen before on this item, but on top of that, Amazon’s throwing in a free Echo Dot. The third-generation Echo Dot is usually $50 (albeit currently on sale for $40), but it’s not clear if you get the second or third generation mini speaker with this deal.

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro features 1080p video capture with infrared for nighttime vision. It connects to your Wi-Fi via 802.11b/g/n and you can check-in remotely to see who’s at your door. The Pro also works with Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant, which allows you to use the smart speaker for two-way talk with whoever’s at your door.

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Taxes are due in 4 days. H&R Block’s Tax Software Deluxe + State is only $15 at Newegg


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The annual tax deadline is fast approaching, and while you may not want to do your taxes, retailers sure want you to—judging by the prices on tax software. Just a few days ago we spotted H&R Block’s Tax Software Deluxe & State 2018 for $23 on Amazon, and now it’s even cheaper at Newegg. The online retailer is selling the same software package download for $15 with the checkout code EMCTYUU36. The same code gets you an identical discount on the Mac version, too. The checkout code is valid until just before midnight on Saturday, April 13.

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Speed up your Wi-Fi with this $47 TP-Link smart router that listens to Amazon’s Alexa


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If you’re not happy with the Wi-Fi router your ISP gave you, there’s a great deal today on an affordable and highly rated router. The TP-Link Archer A7 AC1750 Smart WiFi router is $47 on Amazon when you clip the extra $10 off coupon on the product page, located just underneath the sales price.

That extra discount makes this price the all-time low for the Archer A7 on Amazon. If the coupon doesn’t show up for you, $57 is still a great price for this router, which usually sells for $65 to $70.

The Archer A7 features three external antennas promising a good signal of 802.11ac, dual-band Wi-Fi for up to 2,500 square feet. It’s also packed with bandwidth prioritization “quality of service” (QoS) technology to ensure intensive uses like online games and 4K Netflix streams get the best experience possible on your network. 

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Blanket your home in Wi-Fi with these excellent Netgear Orbi mesh router deals


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It’s a great day to get a brand new or almost brand new Netgear Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system, depending on how much you want to spend. Amazon is selling the Orbi RBK23 mesh system for $250 after applying a $40 coupon just below the price on the product page. That discount makes this the lowest price the system’s hit in 2019. 

The Orbi RBK23 features three mesh units, including a router and two satellite extenders covering up to 6,000 square feet. Each unit also has two ethernet ports if you need a wired connection for more than just a desktop PC. 

The second Orbi system on sale today is a refurbished version of the Netgear RBK50-100NAR Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system for $180. Sold as new, it typically sells for $300. This package only has two units–a router and satellite extender–that cover up to 5,000 square feet, but it Continue reading “Blanket your home in Wi-Fi with these excellent Netgear Orbi mesh router deals”

Amazon’s today-only TP-Link blowout includes killer deals on routers, smart home gear, and more


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Whether you need a new router or want to make your home a touch smarter, today’s a good day to head over to Amazon. The online retailer is throwing a huge one-day sale on TP-Link products, including routers, no-hub smart home devices, Wi-Fi extenders, mesh Wi-Fi systems, and other networking gear like switches and powerline ethernet adapters. The sale ends just before midnight Wednesday evening Pacific time.

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Snag a 43-inch, Roku-powered smart TV for only $170 today


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The TCL 43S305 is $170 at Amazon today with Roku software and a 1080p 43-inch display.

Amazon’s blowing out Logitech mice, keyboards, webcams, and more for today only


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Amazon is on quite the one-day sale streak for tech goodies. Earlier this week the retailer threw a time-limited PC gaming components sale, and today only, textlinkAmazon’s blowing out Logitech PC gaming and productivity peripherals. The current sale ends just before midnight on Friday night Pacific time and includes keyboards, mice, headphones, and webcams.

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If you buy a 1-year Office 365 Home subscription today you’ll get a free $50 Amazon gift card


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Even with free cloud-based options like Google Docs, if you want a full-featured office suite, there’s still nothing better than Microsoft Office 365. And today Amazon will give you free money to try it out for a year. If you buy a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Home for $100 today, Amazon will throw in a free $50 gift card, bringing the true cost for the bundle to just $50.

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