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Riot Isolator 1.3

A versatile but quirky security toolkit

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 16 August 2017
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Developer: Hendrik Schiffer
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Riot Isolator
A versatile but quirky security toolkit

Riot Isolator is an unusual application which combines a host of privacy and security tools into one bizarre interface.

These include modules to prevent unauthorised software accessing your webcam, taking screenshots or logging keypresses.

There are tools to securely erase files, folders, or entire volumes.

A RAM eraser does something similar with memory, overwriting it with zeroes.

A file unlocker attempts to close the processes using locked files, enabling you to access them.

Riot Isolator can block all or newly inserted USB keys, or make them read-only.

Anti-exploit tools try to prevent file extension spoofing or RunPE-type code injection attacks.

A "real-time recognise" feature claims to detect and warn you of packers used by an executable, as it launches.

A "Presentation Mode" sort-of locks the computer without hiding the screen. You could use this to leave someone watching a video or use some other application, and know they couldn't easily switch to anything else.

A "Live Report" feature enables a degree of remote monitoring, uploading screen shots and other information which you can view from elsewhere.

There's a lot of power here, but unfortunately it's all wrapped up in a feeble interface which ignores conventions to do things in its own way (usually worse).

We don't have the time or space to list everything wrong with it, but here's one very basic example. The program has a large console which displays all kinds of icons to turn particular modes on or off, but you can't tell by looking at the console which features are enabled.

Verdict:

Riot Isolator has lots of interesting features, but the non-standard, inconsistent, unintuitive and cobbled-together interface makes them far more difficult to use than they should be. Security experts should check it out anyway as there's a lot of power here, and there's no need to install anything to try it out. Everyone else, come back in 6 months when maybe it'll be updated.

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.17.80

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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.

What's New in Version 2.17.80

• Now you can delete messages you've sent by mistake. Just tap and hold a message you sent in the last 7 minutes, tap delete, and select "Delete for everyone." The message will be deleted for you and everyone in the chat. Requires the latest version of WhatsApp.
• Live location: now you can share your location in real-time with family and friends. Open any chat, tap the + icon > location, and tap "Share Live Location" to get started. 
• Fixed an issue that was preventing some message notifications from appearing on iOS 11.

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