Picks: Reviews of AOL Active Security Monitor, Remote Desktop Control, TicketBench Plus, and more.

This week Doc reviews software to help you evaluate your computer security, print your own tickets, access your computer from remote locations, and more.
Published: Jan 3, 2007
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Related OS: Windows
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Reviewed by Dr. File Finder

Greetings and Welcome! I so glad youcould you could stop by to read about my Picks for this week. I hopeeveryone had a happy holiday season and that a great, new year liesahead of you. Lots of exciting things happened in 2006 and I know therewill be lots more in 2007. I for one will continue to look atlots of software each and every week. Then I'll turn around andtell you about the and the most interesting ones. This is the first weekin 2007 and I'm ready to go. So, if you're all set just sit back, relax,and let's take a look!

AOL Active Security Monitor, by AOL, LLC is a slickprogram from AOL that evaluates your computer and lets you know howsafe you are. OR, put another way, how much at risk you are. Intesting it out I used it on my entire network and it worked perfectly.The program analyzes your machines vulnerability and then gives you areport in the form of a Safety Score. It arrives at the score bylooking at what tools you use to fight malware and what some ofyour security settings are. Slick.

I like the fact that AOL Active Security Monitor has an intuitiveuser interface. It's also easy-to-use and that makes it perfect forusers with all levels of experience. I think it's particularly good fornewer users who don't understand all of the threats, or countermeasures, that are out there. The program will tell you if your level ofsecurity is low and advise you what to do about it. It checks to makesure your browser settings are right, that your firewall is enabled,that your anti-virus software is working, and so on. It evaluates thesoftware on your computer and advises you of potential risks. Nicelydone!

AOL Active Security Monitor

is a cool tool for helping youto have the best computer protection possible. It points you to goodarticles on security subjects, advises you on software, and lots more. I think it's a useful tool to help users analyze the security of theircomputer or network, and to make changes that will make them moresecure. So, if you'd like a little help in securing your system check itout!

Remote Desktop Control, by AQUATRA, Inc.is a neat product for accessing your computer from a remote location.In testing it out I connected to a couple of the computers on my networkand it worked great.

Remote Desktop Control lets you use the mouse and keyboard andcontrol the remote machine just like you were sitting at it. I found theprogram to be easy-to-use and very intuitive, making it great for bothnew and experienced users. I was impressed by the fact that the programeven supports high screen resolutions because some similar productsdon't. You can work full screen or in windows and even havemultiple connections at one time. Slick!

Remote Desktop Control is very secure and protects your computerfrom unauthorized access. It maintains a log of activity, haspassword protection, and even a challenge-response authenticationscheme. If you're looking for a way to connect to your computer from aremote location take a good look at Remote Desktop Control. Itmay be just what you're looking for.

TicketBench Plus, by Elk River Systemsis a powerful tool that makes it easy to create and print yourown tickets. It's great for doing custom tickets for things like charityevents, raffles, door prizes, and lots more. I was impressed with howeasy it was to design a ticket the way I wanted to. The program is veryeasy-to-use and intuitive, perfect for even new users. You can startfrom scratch or use some handy templates. Cool.

TicketBench Plus is part of a series of similar products. There'salso a Pro version and an Enterprise version. That makesit nice because you can find the version that's right for you. Theprogram supports a range of graphics formats so you can include logosand the like. Another cool feature is the ability to print tickets in aseries. This version is great for smaller numbers of tickets. If youneed more check out the other versions.

TicketBench Plus is perfect for churches, schools, Scout troops,and any group or organization that needs to print custom tickets. It'seasy-to-use and takes all the hassle out of making your own tickets.Check it out for yourself, I recommend it!

Firebird MP3, by JungleMetal Softwareis a nifty utility for working with CDs and music files. The programmakes it easy to "rip" songs off of purchased CDs so you can savethem as music files on your computer.

Firebird MP3 can also convert WAV format files into the popularMP3 format. The program is easy-to-use and perfect for users with alllevels of experience. Ripping songs from CDs is a must if youwant to put songs on portable MP3 players. You can also use the programto create playlists, search the online music database, and more.

Firebird MP3 makes it easy to rip tracks from CDs and save themas audio files. So, if you're looking for a way to convert your CDs intomusic files, this may be your answer. Take a look.

Dr. File Finder Quick Picks
Dr. File Finder Quick Pick
  • CD and DVD Jewel Case and Label Creator for Word 4.0 by CreateCDLabels.com
  • Check ItOut!

CD and DVD Jewel Case and Label Creator for Word 4.0 is a cleverprogram for creating DVD and CD labels right in Microsoft Word. You canmake labels for CDs along with labels for jewel cases. You can includecover art, custom graphics, and more. If you'd like to have a way to docool CD labels in Word, check it out. I'll get to my full review as soonas possible.

Dr. File Finder Quick Pick

Movie Label 2007 2.5.2 is a neat program for organizing andcataloging your video collection. The program is easy-to-use and makesmanaging your movies a snap. You can keep track of movies you've loanedout, add new films quickly, and easily find the movie you want. Snagdata about movies off the Internet and store it right in the program.Into movies? Then take a look. I'll do a full review soon, but don'twait for me.

That brings us to a close, at least for this week. Take the time todownload these products for yourself and see what you think. Aswe dive into 2007 I'll be reviewing lots of cool programs, doingroundups of software that you've requested, and lots more. I hopeyou'll join me each week to see the latest Picks. You may also want tocheck out my new weekly podcast which will cover a range oftopics. Till next time, have a great week, a wonderful weekend, andhappy downloading.

About Michael E, Callahan

Michael E. Callahan, known around the world by the trademarked name Dr. File Finder, is regarded as the world's leading expert on shareware. Dr. File Finder works with software programs and developers full-time, and in the average year he evaluates 10,000 programs. Since 1982 he has evaluated over 250,000 software and hardware products. Mr. Callahan began evaluating software online in 1982 and no one has been at it longer. He currently works doing online PR and marketing for software companies, and is the Senior Content Producer for Butterscotch.Com.

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