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Bot Revolt Free 1.4.2

Automatically block connections to malicious computers

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit)
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 18 August 2013
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Developer: Bot Revolt
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Bot Revolt Free 1.4.2
Automatically block connections to malicious computers

Bot Revolt Free is a simple security tool which aims to prevent your PC from accessing (or being accessed by) known dangerous computers.

The program works by monitoring all your incoming and outgoing network connections. Just launch it and you'll see these displayed, along with their source IP address, destination and protocol.

These connections are then compared against databases of known malicious systems (sources include BlockList Pro, I-BlockList, FraudWatch International, and so on). And if there's a match, the connection is automatically closed.

This approach obviously has plenty of limitations. If you're infected by malware which is trying to reach an address which isn't on a blacklist, for instance, then Bot Revolt won't notice, or care. And even if the program does close a connection, it can't remove the malware behind it, so you'll still need a capable antivirus tool on hand.

Still, you can at least run Bot Revolt Free alongside an existing security package, and that might be useful if you think you're infected: install the program, let it run for a day or two, see if it spots any dangerous connections.

If you like the idea, there's also a commercial version which drops the ads, provides regular updates and adds a private browsing feature. Sounds reasonable, although the $47 a year subscription is rather less appealing.

Verdict:

Bot Revolt provides a quick and easy way to check your current internet connections for dangers. The lack of updates in the free version is a problem, though, and the annual $47 subscription for the paid edition seems very expensive

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.12.5

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WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

Version 2.12.5 brings:

• Per chat custom notification settings and mute
• You can now include videos in your chat backups in Settings > Chats and Calls > Chat Backup
• Mark chats as unread or read with a swipe to the right
• Better support for VoiceOver
• Directly share contacts from the Contacts app and locations from Apple Maps to WhatsApp
• Lower the data usage used during WhatsApp calls in Settings > Chats and Calls 
• Earlier messages now load automatically as you scroll chats
• Improved design for cropping photos and videos
• Location messages now use a large map thumbnail

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