Now in its 10th year, the web has changed significantly since its inception, Facebook was only launched the year after for example, but many of the “best behaviors” for the web have not.
But rather than take a look at these best practices to staying safe online, which we talk about on a regular basis, instead let’s look at some of the apps and gadgets available to help keep you safe on the modern web.
This isn’t exactly a new arrival to the scene but authenticators are catching on. Authenticators work by producing a code which you enter alongside your own password. So even if someone gets hold of your password, they will be unable to access your account without the special code.
This is known as two-step security and up until recently it has mostly been used by online banking services. However major companies such as Google and games developer Blizzard have adopted them to offer greater account security.
If you would like to benefit from two-step security, check out which of the services you use have them on offer. Many authenticators can come as a physical device, but authenticator apps are becoming more popular.
Mobile security apps:
People are spending more time than ever on their phones; browsing the web, answering email, social networking and playing games.
It’s important to remember that smart phones like iPhones and Android devices are powerful computers and we need to ensure they are secure.
There’s an array of security apps available and you should pick whichever suits your needs.
If you’re looking for a free one, AVG AntiVirus for Android not only has tools which will keep you safe as you browse and download but has many invaluable features to help you recover a lost or stolen phone.
Secure USB pen
For most of us these aren’t top secret government files but instead important business or personal files on a USB device.
It’s therefore no surprise that we’re seeing the arrival of password protected USB sticks and the extra level of security that they provide.
These range from the casual standard password protected devices from about $10 to this security monster from Corsair which has 256 bit encryption and pin-code unlocking system.
If you keep personal or important business data on a small portable device like a USB stick, it might be a smart idea to get it protected, so that should it get lost, your data is secure.
February 5, 2013