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Best Free Animated GIF Maker 6 years 11 months ago mklalli

FYI
MS GIF Animator comes from Softronic which includes this in their EULA:

"In addition, a toolbar will be offered, and it shall change the User’s home page, default search settings and 404 error traffic, in the event the User selects such options."

The install option is set by default to install and includes this paragraph:

"By choosing to install and automatically enable the appbario19 Toolbar and SearchProtect in your web browser and set the search features you agree to these products’ terms, license agreements, and privacy policies. I also agree to the Value Apps terms and privacy policies, which may include third-party apps that may access, collect, and use your personal data, including your IP address and the address and content of web pages you visit. By clicking Next you accept the legal terms and the privacy policy of SpeedTest 137, which places a shortcut"

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Best Free Animated GIF Maker 6 years 11 months ago Anupam Thanks for the alert. Have now changed the download site for the product :). view
Best Free Animated GIF Maker 6 years 11 months ago Sahil Waste Thanks anupam. view
Best Free Animated GIF Maker 6 years 11 months ago Anupam My pleasure :). view
Best Free Animated GIF Maker 6 years 10 months ago chefleez

Gif Ap works ... PhotoScape comes with a bunch of unwanted software ... MIcrosoft Gif Animator appears to only read already made gifs and opens them up but does not create new gifs.

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Best Free Animated GIF Maker 6 years 10 months ago Jojo Yee Different from your finding chefleez, Microsoft GIF Animator did allow for creating, editing and saving as new animated gif files with no issue as I tested it on Windows 7. view
Best Free Animated GIF Maker 6 years 10 months ago chefleez

Sorry my previous comment had some text missing. GifAnimator worked fine. MicrosoftsGifAnimator only opened existing gifs I could not see how to create a new on with Microsoft gif animator.

Thanx for bringing this to my atention.

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Best Free Animated GIF Maker 6 years 10 months ago Jojo Yee You're welcome chefleez. You will need to have individual gif files ready for input to Microsoft GIF Animator, which shall then combine them and save as a new animated gif file. If you have image files in other formats, try some free products suggested at Best Free Digital Image Editor to convert them to gif formats before using Microsoft GIF Animator. I hope I've got your point right. view
Best Free Animated GIF Maker 6 years 10 months ago Sahil Waste thanks jojo ;) view
Best Free Animated GIF Maker 6 years 7 months ago dommyshan9

Hi! I read through the products...and er, wondering if there is any features that you didn't list that includes animating by dragging the mouse around while the program records your movements?

Like, you drew a happy face, then select happy face, and press record, and you move the happy face around with your mouse to make it dance. then hit Stop Recording and you can play back the animation.

Do any of the programs you listed do that? Yeah I saw the features listed, but maybe it wasn't important enough to mention? Just checking :D

Because I've been searching for the past 2 days looking for such a program. I remember I had such a program many many years ago (when I was using the new Windows XP system). For the life of me, I can't remember the name or what the interface looked like.

It may not even be an animated gif program. I'm desperately going around the internet asking people now. Thanks if you or any of the users here know of a program that can do this type of mouse-recorded animation! :)

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Best Free Animated GIF Maker 6 years 7 months ago Sahil Waste Hi Shan, What you are looking for is not a animation program but a screen capturing utility, a screen capturing utility can capture dancing smiling face dragged by mouse. But, as per my knowledge it is not possible with gif animators, if in case i am wrong please correct me, as i love to know this. ;) But if you are looking for something similar to this(i created this as an example): http://tinypic.com/r/213ncbd/8 I created this with the help of: 1. A screen session recorder and 2. A Paint program you can also create something similar with the help of these or similar products, Please refer to our Best Free Paint Program(http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-paint-program.htm) and Best Free Screen Session Recorder(http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-screen-session-recorder.htm) sections. If you need further help, you can drop a reply here or post a topic in our forum (http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum) ----- Sahil :) view
Best Free Animated GIF Maker 2 years 3 months ago AISHIITERU

i'm searching for a easy way to turn my normal picture into a GIF image with a cool effect ! so what editor has layouts tha spinn or have effects how can something this simple be so hard to find ? i hope you guys know something i can use for this !

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 7 years 9 months ago bellhop

There is now a new reason to browse anonymously: dynamic pricing! More people are telling me that when shopping on-line, if they show a lot of interest in a product, the price goes up! If you encounter dynamic pricing, then you might want to do your comparison shopping anonymously and only expose yourself when you are ready to make the actual purchase. It would not surprise me at all if web sites are checking the price that you were quoted at a competing site.

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 7 years 9 months ago gen-X That is very interesting indeed. I am not entirely surprised to hear about this, but you have confirmed my suspicions for sure. This is just another good reason why anonymous browsing is worthwhile, as you have stated. Thank you for sharing with us. view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 7 years 9 months ago MidnightCowboy Indeed a good point and worth bearing in mind too that supposedly non-related sites might be linked. Certainly this applies to Casas Bahia, Pontofrio and Extra.com in Brazil. I recently bookmarked a desktop offer page while I was checking out the specs elsewhere. When I went back to it the following day, the price at all three sites had gone up and yet when I connected using my laptop and mobile broadband, the original offer was still available. :) view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 7 years 9 months ago gzmhanu

please edit @ SecurityKiss 300mb/day is cons

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 7 years 8 months ago gamingexpert13

You need to edit the part that says:
"Services like HideMy*** can be seen as trustworthy, as they have a good track record in the business of anonymisation and proxies."

That is completely false. They aid authorities in your arrest if they dislike what you did "anonymously". Read this: theatlanticwire.com/technology/2011/09/lulzsec-hacker-exposed-service-he-thought-would-hide-him/42895/

No matter the rationalization HideMyAss uses, this comment sums it up: "If hidemyass turns their users in and logs them for every access, then hidemyass is not 100% anonymous as they claim."

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 7 years 8 months ago gen-X Hi, gamingexpert13. I can appreciate your angst. I share it. The quote was not mine, but it appeared before I assumed this position. Even so, I am not going to dodge my responsibility because it is still up there, and I am now here. I read the article. News articles about controversial subjects are seldom unbiased. Am I correct in assuming that your disagreement is with the claim in regard to HideMy*** only, or are you claiming more broadly in general that VPN services should not be trusted ipso facto? The distinction is important. If this VPN service kept logs above and beyond those required by law and then handed them over to legal authorities promiscuously because it was convenient, that would be a violation of "trust", not an exemplary exercise of it such as we should expect of a service alleging to be supportive of anonymity. Can you provide me with any other factual evidence substantiating your claim that HideMy*** is not in this sense trustworthy? I would like to see more information about this incident or something else about this company along these lines. Thanks. view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 7 years 8 months ago mr6n8 This is the company's response to the publicity from that incident. http://blog.hidemyass.com/2011/09/23/lulzsec-fiasco/ HMA does "log the time you connect and disconnect from our service, we do not log in any shape or form your actual internet traffic." I do not know what the UK (location of HMA) laws are regarding records. HMA says they keep the logs to prevent abuse. I do know quite a few other VPNs maintain no logs, but that may have to do with their jurisdiction. view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 7 years 8 months ago Juxxize when I use bittorrent in my case qbittorrent I really don't like the idea other folks can see my ip address which one of these options if any could i use to hide my ip , i really only need it for my bittorrent traffic and not all my internet tranffic. view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 7 years 8 months ago Juxxize some people say 'i don't mind if websites can see my ip address i have nothing to hide' well after reading that maybe they too will understand why all this needless tracking of our online activity's need to stop, i hate the feeling i'm constantly being watched by big brother , i don't mind CCTV in shopping centers i can see them but it's all this hidden tracking that goes on online that really doesn't sit right with, the trouble is to be hidden online can really slow down your browsing and most people prefer speed to privacy, and i'll be honest i'm one of them people #hangs her head in shame# view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 7 years 8 months ago gen-X Hi, Juxxize. If you want to do torrents anonymously, the best choice for you is likely to be I2P, available freely from here: http://www.i2p2.de/. This product is well respected among many aficionados of anonymity. It is maintained regularly, and a new update just came out a few days ago. Take a good look at the website. There is a good installer and it has a torrenting program, and there is plenty of support for you. Thanks for participating at Gizmo's. view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 7 years 8 months ago gen-X Hi, Juxxize. I feel your pain! You're not alone, even when it seems that way. I'm not sure what you use for anonymity when browsing, but if you have a fast connection to begin with, you should be able to maintain a goodly amount of anonymity without compromising your experience all that much. Anonymity is not an all or nothing condition. It is relative. Acquiring it requires not just changing one or another software programs, but in changing your mindset. You have to change habits, settings and behavior. You have to start thinking about it in all that you do, asking yourself about how you might be revealing traces of your identity and activity in ways that you prefer to avoid. The primary means by which others learn about you is through your browser and your browsing activities. Focus on it at first and continually. Ask questions about it here and other places where the subject of anonymity is discussed. It is not as restrictive as it might seem. For starters, one thing to keep in mind is that you should avoid doing things that allow you to be partitioned. You want rather to be inconspicuous and to blend in as part of as large a group as possible. You don't want something about you to stand out atypically of others around you. For example, you may want to avoid referring to your gender as female by using personal pronouns such as you did with "her" and "she" because typically it is men who blend in together online and women immediately draw more interest and attention. Avoid it if you can. Likewise, you do not want to have the appearance of using software programs that partition you uniquely or into a smaller group than the average person might use. This does not mean that you have to use an average software program; it means you have "to appear" to use one, or to conceal that you are not, and that is different than actually using one. Thanks for participating at Gizmo's. view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 7 years 8 months ago crazykiwi

Hi gen-x. Thanks for the reports and the q&a!

I have recently tried Hot Spot Shield and Cyberghost and found the following:

HSS works and is fast but I don't trust them. They are Canadian and I think that the government is more insidious than the US without the personal freedoms of the constitution. They seem to want a lot of info and they log a lot.

The big thing I found is that they BLOCK all bit-torrent. I read every document I could find and no where does it tell you this. They say they block some things they consider illegal. Bit-torrent is not illegal and they should keep their nose out of peoples private online activities, especially when they take money to provide premium services without telling you what they block!

Free Cyberghost works great and pretty much as you described but it is not limited to Germany. In the free version it will not let you choose your server but the default server always seems to be the closest one to your location. I have also not been limited to 1gb. You do have to register but you do not have give valid information and the user information gets you logged on just fine.

Some service that require specific information won't work (email) but they let you exclude specific domains so you can pass thru your email if you choose. This also works well. I think they are doing some kind of split tunneling to achieve that.

Thanks again!

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 7 years 8 months ago Juxxize thanks for the reply gen-x, very interesting fact about the 'her-she' thing , i found out this the hard way on xboxlive of all places ha ha, i feel safe on her here because we are all nice and you guys/ gals are my buddy's :). i'm not really bothered to if i'm not anonymous when browsing un-less i want to view an american video in you-tube or somewhere that i get 'video not available in your country' message then i kick in a proxy . Browsing is actually better if the internet knows where i am because it shows me stuff that's relevant to my location for example with shopping and news. view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 7 years 5 months ago szsjq

I would suggest adding http://www.VPNBook.com to the list. VPNBook provides free PPTP or OpenVPN service and has servers in three countries. As PPTP client is included in most operating systems and OpenVPN is an open source project, no propriety software is needed.

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 7 years 4 months ago The_Blode

Most of the information here hasn't been updated in 2 years (since I originally wrote the article). Use caution and judgement when choosing your program as the services may well have changed over those 2 years too. If the mods need any ideas on how to revamp this article, drop me a line.

Blode.

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 7 years 4 months ago syah

can you help me. I can not play the game online using my college server .. please help me :'(

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 7 years 4 months ago MidnightCowboy We are unable to service support requests here in the comments. Please start a topic for this in our forum. MC - Site Manager. http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/ view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 7 years 3 months ago mkg_just4u

what about http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SRWare_Iron

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 7 years 3 months ago Wolfram

I just have found an interesting article about 'How to protect ourselves from hackers'. It is available here:

http://blog.hotspotshield.com/2013/08/08/how-to-protect-yourself-from-ha...

One quote from the article:

"According to the Trustwave’s 2013 Global Security Report, cyber-security threats are increasing as quickly as we can implement measures against them. Hackers have lots of different ways to steal your private data and information. And the main reason why hackers go after your personal information is identity theft!

Over the past year, there have been roughly 12.6 million victims of identity theft – or, to put it into perspective, one victim every three seconds. No matter how safe you think you’re being online, chances are you’re making at least a few mistakes that compromise the integrity of your personal information."

About Hotspot Shield:

"Hotspot Shield VPN is the ultimate Internet security solution that secures your browsing session, detects and blocks malware, protects your privacy and allows you to access blocked sites. Hotspot Shield is available both as a free VPN and a paid Hotspot Shield Elite subscription.

Key Benefits to using Hotspot Shield:

- Secure your web session, data, online shopping, and personal information online with HTTPS encryption.

- Protect yourself from identity theft online.

- Secure your IP address for your privacy online and private browsing.

- Access all content privately without censorship; bypass firewalls.

- Protect yourself from snoopers at Wi-Fi hotspots, hotels, airports and corporate offices.

- VPN client works on both wireless and wired connections. Provides Unlimited Bandwidth. [!!]

- Works on PC and Mac, including new operating systems (Windows 8 and Mountain Lion)."

Even if their product has received many awards - including from CNN, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week Intl. -, I would like that the editor of this rubric to test the FREE version of Hotspot Shield; and then, to tell us his opinion about the program.-

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 7 years 2 months ago Wolfram

For those tempted to use TOR:

"Snoops can identify Tor users given enough time, experts say"

http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/09/snoops-can-identify-tor-users-gi...

A recent academic paper shows “that Tor faces even greater risks from traffic correlation than previous studies suggested.” In other words, one of the world's best tools for keeping online speech anonymous is at risk in a previously known—but now even clearer—fashion...

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 7 years 1 month ago not recognized

It seems there is a lot of contradictory info going around. As has been noted elsewhere, there isn't any body to consistently benchmark and evaluate the VPNs according to speed, logging, anonymity etc.

Here's another article I've found with different info again about Hotspot Shield. The upshot is no, probably not the most trustworthy one out there and not the most anonymous. In cahoots with google according to this http://howtodoit.eu/learn-how-to-install-and-use-hotspot-shield-vpn-soft...

It stuffs up -well not IT exactly, but google- stuff up gmail in the email client, because of their infuriatingly intrusive geolocation login validation 4rsholery. Apparently doesn't work with Bittorrent. therefore those who also don't really need it for general surfing may judge it not much use.

I wonder whether more voracious reading of user comments will elucidate things or whether there's just a whole tangle of misinformation out there.

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 7 years 1 month ago not recognized

"i don't mind CCTV in shopping centers "

i bloody well mind

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 7 years 2 days ago jmjsquared

I *love* your reviews: Detailed, broad coverage and, most importantly, unequivocal and expertly opinionated. You saved me an hour of headaches and a bottle of aspirin re-re-researching the state of VPNs today.

SecurityKiss is my (current) VPN of choice based on their adequate server facilities in my locale, unlimited/unthrottled bandwidth, the simplicity and elegance of their GUI and ease of configuration. I'll stick with them for now, not the least because of this review.

Thank you and all the excellent Commenters. Gushing finished.

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 6 years 12 months ago predator 00728

Hello guys.Yes i'm quiet interested too in stealth surfing;and the best about my personal view is spotflux.Spotflux vpn is an absolutely free vpn at 0 coast.Fast and reliable with a bith of installing problem with the older version.The new release is quiet reliable and change tour ip adress immediately and you are encripted.Very good.To give an eample like to watch HULU.com tv outside the US is impossible but with spotflux you get doesn,t matter where you are.Like a lot of you guys i tried a lot vpn software,but mainly i.have been unsutisfied.

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 6 years 10 months ago hack-club

thanksssssssss

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 6 years 9 months ago cpuking

To Predator 00728,

I wish to thank you for your suggestion of Spotflux. I have been playing with VPN's and proxy servers for six months now. I have used every VPN on this review page, plus others that are not here at one time or the other, but ended up deleting them for one reason or the other. Spotflux is the only one that has meet all of my criteria for what I want in a VPN.

I now have what I consider to be a perfect setup for me. I have Squid 2.7 for cache catching, and blocking HTTP_headers. I have Privoxy and AdblockPlus for blocking ads. Now thanks to you Predator, I have added the final piece of the puzzle, which is Spotflux, that changes my IP address. All of this for FREE !!

I wish to also thank the editor of this page for all of his hard work. There are some real good VPN's reviewed on this page, that can meet a lot of the needs of the readers of this page. Thank you all !!

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 6 years 6 months ago ryan39d

I been using SecurityKiss for the past months but then last week something weird happened - I am automatically disconnected every unknown minutes, even though I am connected to the internet. And this morning, as I am using the service, it always disconnect, thus, risking my connection. What is happening to SecurityKiss?

For now, I am using Tor Browser Bundle (as I write this). And I did not find any problem with this. As for the speed, it is okay (beyond medium, with the fact that I am using broadband). This Tor is promising.

My suggestion: Please update this, because some of the programs are updated - like Cyberghost which is in 5.*, SecurityKiss is i 0.3.0 and Tor Browser Bundle which is 3.6.

Anyway, thank you for the list. Keep up the good work. :)

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 6 years 6 months ago jlhns

I used Ultrasurf and then tested it at ip-check.info. It displayed Ultrasurf's anonymized IP address, and right below, it displayed my real IP address and location.
So my question is: What good is Utrasurf?

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 6 years 4 months ago AJNorth

Greetings,

Has anyone any experience with ChrisPC Free Anonymous Proxy (http://proxy.chris-pc.com/), or might it be added to the queue for inclusion in a future review?

Thank you!

Regards,

AJN

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 6 years 4 months ago ironmac85

hi guys,new here,,ive heard good and bad about vpn's like everyone,,tried and tested quite a few too,,hotspotshield,expatshield are a no no,,your true IP is'nt truely hidden,,chrispc i have'nt tested,but heard not so good things.gonna try some others and see how good they stand up,but it always depends what u want them for,,feedback welcome x

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 6 years 1 month ago saatdhaan

Chris PC I haven't tried for a few years but this may be useful:

If you are going to install it, check the Privacy Agreement and see if you are about to accept a company called "Relevant Knowledge" is going to be allowed to track and retain every site you surf.

If you have installed it and review the above and decide to uninstall it, after you have uninstalled it, go to Windows Services and see if there's a programme called "Relevant Knowledge" set to "automatic" (automatically load on boot). If there is, set it to "disabled".

Of course they may not still do this or the name may have changed but worth looking.

I thought it a bit odd for an anonymous surfing proxy to be recording every site I surfed.

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 5 years 11 months ago TeaTimer

Does anyone have experience with either the Anonymox extension or the Anonymouse search engine? If yes, how much privacy/anonymity do each provide?

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 5 years 11 months ago viveksingh

Yes, these are the most essential software and program that we must have in our system. To make our data protected and secure we must have following software to install in our system.
It offers numerous advantages like:-
1. Security and safety.
2. Protect data from hacker.

So, if your in planning to have the secure system you must always go for such kind of software.

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 5 years 9 months ago BilalGaditek

Nice Article,worth to read it, but i think it is a little bit outdated. Looking for your latest article about the VPN Service Providers.

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 5 years 9 months ago The_Blode

I wrote this article 5 years ago and it's not changed all that much since it was written back when I was in University. It definitely needs a refresh. I'm willing to take this article on again if given the opportunity.

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 5 years 9 months ago MidnightCowboy Hi The_Blode. It's great to see you back in circulation and thanks for offering to take back the review. :) Leave this with me and I'll get it sorted. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 5 years 9 months ago The_Blode Thanks MC nice to be back. :) @Everyone reading this article...expect a refresh of the current article with the tools I use myself for anonymity these days and expect me to go into some mobile anonymity choices which weren't necessarily popular when I first started this article. view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 5 years 9 months ago Ratzo An interesting note from Securitykiss PPTP discontinued 2014-12-17 We knew for a long time that the PPTP connection method was very broken and since Snowden it was known that PPTP had been compromised by the NSA. In SecurityKISS we kept the PPTP service running because it was easiest to set up on mobile phones and tablets. We were warning users that they should not expect confidentiality from PPTP. It was targetted at users who needed to change their IP address for video streaming and where confidentiality was not of paramount importance. There is an old saying in the security world: "there is always a tradeoff between security and convenience". We believe we were standing too long on the wrong side of that tradeoff and today we concluded that the warning is not enough so we decided to discontinue PPTP service in SecurityKISS view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 5 years 8 months ago The_Blode Good shout. I will update this article accordingly. Thank you. view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 5 years 5 months ago AJNorth

Security expert Brian Krebs has posted a highly-relevant article that those who visit this page would be well-advised to read, "“Free” Proxies Aren’t Necessarily Free" -- http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/06/free-proxies-arent-necessarily-free/ .

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 5 years 5 months ago Sputnik

As I am far from being an expert of VPNs, I have a simple question...

It is said that many VPN suppliers collects informations about you. Is that possible to conceal our true IP to a VPN supplier by using, beside the VPN itself, a software which has for unique task to change our IP ?

If these two softwares (VPN and IP hider) may work together, will the IP hider software change my IP between my computer and the VPN supplier or will it change the IP that the VPN supplier creates to hide my real IP ?

Please, I would like that nobody tells me that the VPN is supplying a new IP and that I don't need a IP hider, that is not the question here.

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 5 years 3 months ago toktok

At the comments about Safe-mail it is said you get "a whopping 3 MB of storage".
Surely you mean 3 GB?

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 5 years 1 month ago The_Blode

Nope...I meant 3MB. :)

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 5 years 1 month ago toktok

Oh, I see - you were being ironic ;-)

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 3 years 12 months ago Cooltrain

Hello,
You ask for feedback to improve articles here. Great.

First, thank you for a well written and informative article.
Secondly, in the article under emails, it states in several places a HEADS UP that an email is public: "all mailboxes are public." Could the author (or anyone else) elaborate please what this means in this specific context, as it is not clear.

Thank you.

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 2 years 4 months ago jameson113

our IP address can be easily extracted by someone who uses your computer. https://fastestvpn.com/what-is-my-ip

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 8 months ago Sastro Cendol

Perhaps I can give a little information about the deficiency of Dr.Web Light, there are:

- No options for scheduled scanning.
- Scanning time is took too long when u performing Full Scan (comparing other AV)

However, what's the actually definition of Android AV?

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 8 months ago billy22taxi

AV-TEST - The Independant, IT-Security Institute, has released Mobile Devices Android etc... Test Results

http://www.av-test.org/en/tests/mobile-devices/android/jan-2013/ TrustGo got top marks

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 8 months ago IO.Hazard Many people suggested me to check TrustGo Mobile and I'm in the process of writing a review for it. As for the AV-Test Results themselves, they are a good reference but since the report didn't cover some of the apps included here, it cannot be used as the basis for our reviews. It simply would not be fair to mention just the AV-Tested apps while ignoring the unreviewed ones. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 8 months ago IO.Hazard Update about Avast! and AVG Anti-Virus free. If you're using Avast!, you may have noticed that the latest definitions have labeled some apps such as GMail and WhatsApp as malware. Although that can be avoided by simply whitelisting the flagged app(s), it's not the best thing to happen to a user (let's hope there weren't any false negatives). Avast! promised to launch a fixed definition update to solve that problem but you may need to apply it manually. Read more: http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=118778.0 AVG seems to have a similar problem reporting "false positives" and the issue remains even after updating the definitions, so it may be a problem with the anti-malware engine itself. The review will be updated accordingly soon. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 7 months ago IO.Hazard Dear visitors, We will consider your comments and suggestions about new free apps (no trial / commercial products will be accepted) but we can't post a review for your suggested apps right away. As you may know there are tons of Security Apps out there and we simply cannot review them all. If you have suggested and app but you didn't see it added in the review even after a long time, it could be due to several reasons: 1. An app with a better performance already exists in the current review. 2. The app installs some kind of annoying adware (such as Airpush). 3. The app is a scam (a.k.a. a plain Fake App). Please don't let yourselves fall just for the rating an app has. Some fishy apps force users to give a 5 stars rating first in order to run the app, thus creating a misleading rating. Last but don't least, don't post a suggestion for the same app over and over again, otherwise we will flag it as Spam. Thank you! Regards. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 7 months ago jimcarter1959

I switched from Lookout Mobile Security to TrustGo after Lookout failed to back up contacts on 2 different phones. In fact; at no point did Lookout EVER function for back up. Needless to say, TrustGo performs this task flawlessly!

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 7 months ago cyguyjg

If a perp steals your device and roots it, is TrustGo's Device Protection defeated?

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 7 months ago Sastro Cendol

Maybe the downline from TrustGO is RAM consuming issue, especially at low-end or limied stock RAM phone. I can say that because it happened at me (my phone slowing down for a little). Bassically overall features is good and secure.
It's absolutely if more features needed more resources.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 7 months ago IO.Hazard If your phone gets lost of stolen, what happens next is up to the person who has it. In the worst case scenario, your phone could end up in the hands of unscrupulous people who know advanced "stuff", which would severely restrict the options you have to recover your phone. That means that neither TrustGo, avast!, Lookout or any of the other apps listed above could be used effectively no matter if the phone is rooted or not. If your device is running on Android 4.0 or up, I encourage you to use the system encryption (go to Settings > Security > Encrypt phone). It won't help you to recover your phone but at least it will keep all your personal data protected from thieves and snoopers. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 7 months ago IO.Hazard How much RAM does your phone have? I installed TrustGo on a wide range of devices including one with 384 MB of RAM. The phone struggled a bit to do the job (that's undeniable), but in the end it managed to run TrustGo decently. Anyway, you must know it is hard to ask TrustGo (or any other app for that matter) to keep low RAM usage values all the time, specially when you consider the power it packs. That is even more relevant when you consider that most of the security apps reviewed here are well above the 10 MB mark even when idle. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 6 months ago naren

Dear Reviewer,

You updated the reviews on 5 May 2013. I read Comodo Mobile Security review. I guess you reviewed old version 1.5. New version 2.0 released on 19 April 2013. The official site https://m.comodo.com/ shows old version but the download gives latest version 2. Google Play still shows 1.5 but Comodo Devs mentioned CMS on GP will be updated in few days.

What's new in version 2?

1. Network Firewall (root needed)
Automatically block unnecessary connections to the Internet
2. Privacy Advisor
Quickly find out which permissions are requested by your apps
3. Apk Manager
Manage your Android installation files

What's improved?

1. Improve Scheduled Task
Schedule tasks to run at specific dates and times
2. Enhance the protection performance
Refined AV Engine Scan Algorithm to improve the detection effectiveness

Version 2 received an update yesterday i.e 8 May 2013
Regards
Naren

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 6 months ago IO.Hazard Thanks for the heads up. Your feedback is much appreciated. Truth is I was not aware of Comodo's new 2.0 version because I download the apps only from the Play Store which, sadly, still shows the v1.5.269807.9 as the latest version updated on march-11th-2013. However, I confirmed the information you gave by downloading the official APK from the https://m.comodo.com/ page (v2.0.276884.16 with virus def. 88.0 - MD5: 02c85a2577acfc7262a975c7f872395d) and it is working fine. The main downside is that there are no notifications when a new version is available. You have to manually check for updates. Let's hope Comodo updates its Play Store page with the latest APK soon because this new version looks promising. I'll update the review with the new info as soon as I finish testing it. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 6 months ago naren

Few options, stuffs, etc........as per Devs will be there in the upcoming CMS upgrade very soon, like autoupdate/upgrade schedule, etc...

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 6 months ago IO.Hazard Comodo has updated the Play Store with Comodo Mobile Security & Antivirus Free 2.0 (Finally). Although the review has not been updated yet, the Quick Selection links have been updated with the latest info. The updated review will follow soon. Regards. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 6 months ago Theziggy

Re Avast antivirus

I installed this and it said that my txt app - Handcent was not compatible. I use Handcent a lot more than I scan for viruses so until Avast plays nicely with Handcent I'll make do with a competitor

Theo

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 5 months ago IO.Hazard Avast!'s Anti-theft component appears to have problems with several messaging apps. I have personally experienced that issue with Go SMS, Pansi and other instant messaging apps since installed avast! for the first time. I thought the 2.0 version would fix some of these issues, but it didn't. I contacted avast! about this "incompatibility " issue some months ago, and they explained to me that installing third-party SMS apps won't cause any problem with your phone nor avast! themselves. The "only" issue with that, as they told me, is that any SMS command you send will appear in the third-party app, INCLUDING your PIN code (!), which would render the logic of the anti-theft protection completely useless. I decided to put that statement to the test while using Go SMS and it turned out to be true. My top-secret "1234" test PIN was shown along with my "lock" command. Anyway, if you really need to install one of the "incompatible" instant messaging apps for any reason AND you don't want to uninstall avast!, using the online anti-theft instead of the SMS-based tools is the only option I can think of. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 5 months ago Theziggy

Thanks IO.Hazard

That makes sense. Thanks for the info.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 4 months ago EricCRZ

Can we have an updated review?

Looking at the latest AV-Test.org results dated 17 June 2013 - TrustGo scored just below the average with 95.4%. Whereas both Avast! & Comodo scored 99.8%.

I've recently been running Avast primarily for it's web based anti-theft but it does lag on my Android 2.3 so I'm weighing up the alternatives.

Love your reviews etc. Been a long time user of your site!

Cheers,

Eric

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 4 months ago MidnightCowboy Choosing an antivirus for any platform solely on the basis of a set of test results is a dodgy game at best. The results you quote for instance are almost reversed for TrustGo and Avast! in the space of just a couple of months. Different tests will also give different results and the worst thing that anyone can do is to swap out one product for another on the basis of a test score. http://www.av-test.org/en/tests/mobile-devices/android/mar-2013/ http://www.av-test.org/en/tests/mobile-devices/android/may-2013/ The bottom line is that Windows and mobile devices are such an attractive proposition for scammers and malware writers in general that no one product is likely to offer greater protection than another within those that consistently score average or above. It is also important users appreciate that the best protection involves some cooperation from them regarding surfing and download habits and that security software cannot be relied upon for total protection. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 4 months ago EricCRZ

That's a very valid point Midnight. I think I was getting caught up in the Test results chase. I've switched back and fourth lots of times recently and ended up coming back to Avast because of the constant updates and good support.

I'm sticking with it now and today's update seems to have fixed the lag I was experiencing ;)

It's easy to get caught up in detection rates but I'm realizing it's a lot more than that.

Thanks,

Eric

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 4 months ago naren

COMODO Mobile Security (CMS) 2.1 Released

New! Protection rules (allow/deny/ask) for Privacy Advisor entries.
New! Boot manager to manage auto-start apps
New! Encryption support in Private Space
New! x86 arch is supported. You can now enjoy CMS in VirtualBox or even your PC!
FIXED! CMS asks for virus database update repeatedly under certain circumstance.

[Moderator's note: Link to direct download of file removed. Not permitted as per site/forum rules.]

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 4 months ago IO.Hazard Dear Gizmo's readers, I know it's been more than a month since the review was updated and I'm sure many of you are eager to read an updated review. Please be patient, as I'm updating every single reviewed app with its latest relevant info. I know there's a ton of reviews out there, as well as "expert lab rankings". Using them, however, would hurt the independent spirit of this site. Besides, "expert tests" do not provide any guarantee that those apps are as good as the test claims. If you don't believe it, well, here's an article you may find interesting. http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/303860-can-you-trust-android-anti-ma... Have a nice day! view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 2 months ago Riff

Hi I registered on this site specifically to get help on malicious apk downloads. I usually get unauthorised downloads from a particular news site. It usually downloads automatically but luckily on those occasions ive managed to delete it without clicking. Ive tried DrWeb, Lookout and APK Antivirus which is spose to stop the downloads itself. None worked.

My issue is that there does not seem to be any anti-virus app that successfully BLOCKS these downloads. No point flagging it after the download. Im using a Motorola Xoom tablet with 4.1.2 update. Could there be a prob with my tablet?? Anyone with the same prob?

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 2 months ago Anupam When you know that these malicious apk come from that news site, why don't you stop visiting that site. Or, if you have the app for that news site, get rid of it. You should try Avast Antivirus... as it has a web shield, which can block such downloads, if I am right. Also, do check in Settings, and turn off the setting for "Unknown sources", which if on, allows installation of apps from non-market sources. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 2 months ago IO.Hazard Anupam, I'm afraid avast is no longer the great app it used to be... The guys at avast have apparently changed their mind about keeping avast as a freeware app, turning it into a freemium security app instead, which means you have to perform those infamous "in-app" purchases to keep the app and its key components updated and running correctly. avast has decided to follow a vainglorious path, telling its users "no more free goods for you guys". Luckily, there's a ton of good and free apps out there and there's always time for a change, right? Regards. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 2 months ago Anupam IO.Hazard, I have replied to this in the forum thread. I haven't come across these changes yet. So, some confirmation is needed, before you decide to take Avast out of the review, or give a low rating. It would really be sad if this was true. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 2 months ago MidnightCowboy Payment details for "premium" features are here, but I can't seem to find a list of what these are. Without some sort of comparison it's not that easy to decide how much like crippleware the free version now is. MC - Site Manager. https://blog.avast.com/2013/08/22/avast-mobile-premium-the-ultimate-in-m... view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 2 months ago Anupam It indicates that the premium version has more features than free version, like backup, etc. If I understand correctly, the anti-theft feature is still available for the free version, but the premium version adds more features to it, like taking pics, and sound recording, in case of attempt to break into the mobile. So, free version still functions like before, and remains the same according to the article, which is what I have observed. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 2 months ago IO.Hazard Anupam, I'm not planning to take avast out from the list as it is still a capable app. However, I think some apps have kept pace with the enhancements and are showing some impressive muscle while still being 100% free, which leaves avast in an awkward position. Another problem that occurs is that avast's new version has increased its size and RAM usage due to the numerous additions it packs, even though some of those additions cannot be used (nor enabled or disabled) unless you pay for them. Regarding the protection shields, I ran accross some problems: sometimes a malicious site/download was blocked effectively, while some others didn't. It could be a bug, I don't know for sure, but I think this haphazard hit-or-miss in the web-shield needs to be solved. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 2 months ago Anupam Really sad to see Avast going down this route. I agree that if there are free and commercial versions, a clear comparison should be there, with two different apps available, and commercial features should be kept away from the free version. It's really a shame how great products start to go down because of such practices. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 2 months ago Anupam I have posted my thoughts about Avast in the forum thread, after I uninstalled and reinstalled Avast again. I see that you recently updated the review. Thanks for all your hard work, and thorough reviews. I might try TrustGo sometime. Its features look good to me, and it remains all free. Keep up the good work :). view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 2 months ago Riff

Hmm funny that all my comments were taken out. Maybe admin guys could put this under a different thread and not use my post as heading? How do i delete my account from here??

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 2 months ago Anupam Which comments of yours were taken out? How many? You only posted another comment on 30th August, just below, and it's still there. Which other comments are you talking about? If you want to get your account deleted, either send a personal request to one of the moderators, or post in the forum. If you want specific help for your issue, please post in the forum, where it will be answered better, and will also be organized. The proper place for asking for help is the forum anyways. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 2 months ago braveangel

Hi. I want to affirm that avast has indeed go freemium. I have used the app since the very first day I acquired an android device. A short list of free and premium features is here:
- Anti virus and malware detection: free
- Privacy concerns: free detection but premium to view.(Used to be all free.)
- App lock: 2 free, premium for more.
- Backup: free for Contacts, SMS & Call logs; premium for photos, videos, music, (root only) apps & apps setting.
- App management: all free.
- SMS and Call Filter: all free.
- Anti-theft: all original functions are still free; new functions such as photograph the thief and record his voice are premium.
- (Root only) Firewall: all free.
- Network Meter: all free.

All in all, avast is still my go to free security app. The core antivirus functions are still free and lots of bundled features are also free. However, to be fair, the full installation of avast takes up ~23 MB of storage and its normal operation takes 22 MB of memory. It's a big app.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 1 day ago Spy

Have a look ;)

http://www.av-test.org/en/tests/mobile-devices/android/sep-2013/

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 11 months ago DaRK.STaR

As much as I loved trustgo, I don't like any of the apps it suggests in the hot apps section. Following your tips I read their permissions before installing them and they are not as transparent as they should. I perfomed a search about this issue I found a lot of people with the same concerns about the kind of apps trustgo suggests, so I uninstalled it. I installed Dr. Web instead and it said one of the apps I had installed from hot apps was leadbolt adware!!!

Whats the point of installing a security app when it suggests you to install dubious apps? Shouldn't it warn you against those instead? Please, reconsider your ratings about trustgo.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 11 months ago IO.Hazard Thanks for your feedback. I cannot confirm nor deny what you're saying since I never installed an app from TrustGo's 'Hot Apps' section. However, due to the nature of your claims I will give it a shot and will report back once I test that on my own. If any of your claims prove to be true, rest assured we'll make the necessary changes in the upcoming review. Regards. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 11 months ago MidnightCowboy Looks possibly to be the same kind of setup as Avast! including Chrome and other Windows apps using wrapped installers which is now becoming the norm. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 11 months ago Anupam This is a case of advertising. The Hot Apps are shown as a list, when you click on App Manager within the app. It's misleading, yes. But, with the kind of intrusive advertising going on in the computer world, both on PC and in the phones, a user has to be careful on what he is clicking on. You can get a rogue software, when you click on an advertisement in your web browser. Many apps in smartphones show ads while the app is running. It's on the user not to click on dubious looking apps. Like, MxPlayer, one of the most popular and excellent video player app, shows dubious ads, like, "you have 3 virus infections, click here to clean them up". Therefore, it's up on us to be careful of what we tap or click on. Sadly, yes, it's all misleading, and is meant to deceive the users into clicking or tapping, and that's what happened here. I wouldn't ever click on such ads, or hot apps shown as ads. I would rather download from the official app store. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 11 months ago skittleys

(1) Where's MalwareBytes?! This list was updated December 12, almost 2 months after its long-awaited arrival in Google Play.
(2) You have done an excellent job highlighting apk scanning, privacy features, and various utilities. However, you touch very little on the biggest malware threat of all: those embedded in pdfs and other common files. Many of these apps do not offer real-time scanning of new non-apk downloads. And several—including your new favourite app, 360 Mobile Security—offer no file scanning capabilities at all. At the very least, this should be added to the "con" list. This is a much more critical feature of any antivirus app. While phone finding, RAM monitoring, and backups are wonderful, they are not a necessary component of an anti-malware solution, and there are many excellent free apps available that provide these services. I—amongst others, I imagine—would rather use an app that provides full anti-malware protection and no other features, as opposed to a security "suite" that provides many services but no protection against documents etc. Thankfully, there are quite a few apps that offer this protection, but this list is more or less ignoring this aspect.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 11 months ago IO.Hazard Even though the review shows as 'updated in dec 13th' truth is it wasn't. That's the date of a fix to the html code performed by a member of our site's staff, therefore there was no actual update to the review. In any case, we don't add apps as soon as they are launched as we don't like to get out list overcrowded. We are very careful when adding new apps to this list, and MalwareBytes is just about 3 months old now, with version 1.1 being the latest. I tried 1.0 version and it had a good ammount of issues which I hope were fixed in the 1.1 version. As you may see by reading one of the comments below, even TrustGo (an app we liked very much) is showing some security flaws now. However, you've made a point about 360's 'cons' (which is duly noted) but one of the main reasons we chose it as a top-pick is the one you mentioned: it offers protection against malware while excluding unwanted features. I you have concerns about file-embedded malware there are some apps that perform advanced file scanning such as Dr. Web and Sophos in case you want to test its capabilities. Lastly, we have to consider that not everyone has a device with >1GB of RAM, that's why checking the RAM usage is a critical point in our evaluation as (believe it or not) 512MB of RAM is still a common setup and any security app with real-time scanning which turns out to be a RAM hog would inevitably lead to performance issues. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 11 months ago IO.Hazard You're right MC. Some Android apps are using a similar scheme. The sad news here is that they're using 'Leadbolt' and 'Android Push' adware which are very annoying. Some variants will work even when your device is not connected to the internet and they show ads from dubious frameworks such as SendDroid, AppBucks and Kuguo. For users with Android 4.0.x and lower that's a huge concern, as you cannot tell which app is to blame unless you install a 3rd party app. Jelly Bean users (4.1 and up) however, can get rid of those apps easily, as the OS itself will point out the app which is causing the problems. view

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