Quite many applications arrived on the Windows platform this week. We took several of them on a spin, along with some great utilities that will make a lot of stuff easier for you.

This week we’re taking a look at an application that will help you protect your device and wipe data in case it gets stolen or goes missing, we’ll also take a look at a fabulous annotation tool, as well as a suite that helps you recover both settings and hardware data after a system restore.

Desktop Software

DropIt 7 (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 4MB)

Drop-It-7

DropIt 7 is a flexible tool that makes it easy to organize and process several tasks at once. You can simply drag and drop several files and folders to DropIt’s floating icon and it will offer you a plethora of options to choose from and functions to perform on the files. Some of the primary features that the app offers include move, copy, compress, delete, encrypt, upload, send by mail, create list, copy to clipboard, change properties etc. You can also use it to organize large chunks of data.

Eusing Maze Lock (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 1MB)

If you’re a fan of the pattern lock on Android devices, Eusing Maze Lock can bring the same feature to your Windows computer. It doesn’t require touch screen capable devices, and can work on any system running Windows XP or higher. Do make a system restore point though, just as a safety measure.

RollBack Rx10.2 (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 22MB)

Windows Restore mechanism is very succinct at what it does. However, the software only restores system settings and rolls back changes made to the system software. If you would like to bring back about any installed software or better, all the files that were present at the time of the restore point’s creation, RollBack Rx10.2 is what you should be looking at. The application sports its own mini operating system, which will help you to get your data back in case the primary operating system isn’t booting.

Hardwipe (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 9MB)

HardWiper

Simply deleting or formatting files and drives just doesn’t cut it anymore. There are a plethora of applications available in the market that will help you recover those files. This can be a security concern as well for the health of the file that you are storing on a disk that hasn’t been formatted well. Hardwipe is a nifty tool that performs deep formatting on hard-drives. The new version adds a context menu option and brings along new algorithm support.

Prey  (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 6MB)

Much like a universal remote, Prey lets you keep track of your computer as well as other devices. Once installed on the system, you can check the device’s location, network status, and also use it to trigger several operations. The open source project lets you remotely lock down your system as well as wiping stored passwords.

HWiNFO (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 1MB)

HWiNFO is an advanced tool that provides you all the information you need about the connected peripherals to your system. From graphics cards to processor type, Hardware Info has you well covered. This information can come in useful when you’re looking to find the appropriate driver for a particular piece of hardware. A recent update has added new device information to the database.

Skitch (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 35MB)

Skitch

This annotation tool can come in very handy at times. You can highlight as well as blur out something on an image, and crop and add text to the images. A very popular app on Android and iOS, it also has a Windows client.

Browser Add-Ons

Iconic History (Chrome)

Browsing-History-iconic-chrome

Perhaps just for fun, but if you want to see your browser’s history in an impressive visual chart, you can use Iconic History. It uses the favicons of all the sites you visited and makes a huge and colorful mosaic.

Shortest URL shortener ever (Firefox)

As its name implies, there literally isn’t any shorter URL we’ve ever known. It truncates your long URLs into something that starts with v.gd (short for very good).

Shortcuts for Google Products 

On Google Chrome it is quite easy to move forth between Google apps, however, on Opera, you won’t find any shortcuts. Using this extension, however, you will be able to get single-click access to over 30 Google Services, which include Gmail, Google Play Store, YouTube etc.

Software Update

uTorrent, BitTorrent, Bing Search’s desktop app and Dropbox picked minor updates earlier this week.

Tip of the week: Now it is finally possible to remove your USB device safely!

Ejecting a USB drive can get annoying at times. No matter how many applications you will close, the device will keep telling you that it is still not safe to the remove the device. If you find that annoying, you can now use this freeware tool called USB Disk Ejector that automatically closes all the applications running or associated with the USB drive.


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Manish is pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Engineering but spends more time in writing about technology. He has written for a number of Indian and international publications including BetaNews, BGR India, WinBeta, MakeTechEasier, MediaNama, and Digit magazine among others. When not writing, you would find him ranting about the state of digital journalism on Twitter.