Make your computing experience more secure with these downloadable tools.

This article appears as part of the April 07 issue of PC Advisor, available now in all good newsagents

Big Brother is watching you

Use your webcam as a surveillance camera with SurveillizCam Lite, which offers a basic video-recording function. The Lite version can't perform scheduled recording, but does offer motion detection and password protection to prevent tampering.

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Unslurpable data

Podslurping, where data is stolen using a USB storage device such as an iPod or thumb drive, is becoming a serious concern. USB Lock AP prevents data theft through your computer's USB ports, floppy disk and optical drives. There's a free 10-day trial, after which it costs £12 inc VAT.

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Ecryption subscription

Disk Password Protection 4.8.928 allows you to encrypt entire hard drives or individual partitions to prevent unauthorised access. A password is needed to gain entry. Plus, this £27 program's boot protection option lets you specify that your PC boots only from a protected disc.

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