Even though cloud storage services like Drop Box, Just Cloud and Sugar Sync have freed us from carrying USB flash drives with us even when we have to take a single text file to another location, large files still need to be transferred to USB flash drives and portable hard drives. Sometimes, the flash drive may contain important data that you do not want others to access, or the data may be meant for only a single person. A situation might arise where you have to send your friend a USB drive through a third person, and don’t want them to be able to view the contents of the USB flash drive, then what will you do? You can use USB Flash Security
, a useful security tool that locks the USB with a password when you remove it from your system. The data inside the USB is protected by the password.
is an encryption software, which provides a dead simple mechanism for encoding files, i.e., by dragging them to the applications interface and entering a password for them. This easy to use application makes it possible to quickly secure your important files, to protect them from unauthorized access. Furthermore, it does not replace the input file, but rather, creates a more secure version of it. The only thing that you may have to be concerned with is to remember the password, in order to gain access to protected files. Encoding Decoding
(application) can be used to encrypt any kind of file, including pictures, code files, Excel sheets and other MS Office documents, PDF files, etc.
Browsing over a secure network is something you want to make more a habit out of than an option. Websites, by default, open pages over the HTTP protocol and not over HTTPS even if it is available. Among different ways to open a website over the HTTPS protocol, extensions are one. The HTTPS Everywhere
Firefox extension reviewed in August was one such extension that ensured some of the top 1000 sites opened over a secure network. Open Secure
is yet another Firefox extension that opens links over HTTPS. As opposed to the HTTPS Everywhere extension, this extension allows you to open any link securely, provided the page exists.
HTTPS (HTTP over SSL or HTTP Secure) is the use of Secure Socket Layer (SSL) or Transport Layer Security (TLS) which is a sub layer under HTTP application layering. HTTPS encrypts and decrypts webpage requests which ensures having secure sessions on websites e.g. Facebook. This can allow having a safe browsing session which can bar hackers or malicious programs from compromising your system. HTTPS Finder
is a Firefox extension that automatically detects and alerts when a secure HTTPS connection is available for a website. You can also enable automatic redirection to make sure that you are automatically directed to a secure HTTPS version of a website (when possible).
is a nice web application to locate, monitor, and secure your lost laptop. A free account is required before you can begin installation of client software. Once installed, it runs silently in Windows background. The standard version is free but only supports one device. Which is probably a big downside if you have more than one devices. On the other hand, Prey
, a widely popular monitoring app, supports upto 3 devices for free.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Tor Project have launched a new Firefox extension called HTTPS Everywhere
. Inspired by Google’s encrypted search option, this add-on will simply encrypt the traffic to some of the many popular sites, including Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, NYTimes, PayPal, Mozilla, Google Search, Google Services, and many others.
Do you know that your communication can be monitored because you are not using a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) connection to encrypt the information that travels between your computer and Google? If you find the URL of any website starting with https://, it means it is using SSL and is 100% secure. Google now supports SSL for most of it's products and has recently rolled out the support for the main homepage as well.
You might have often seen that you need to press Ctrl+Alt+Del on your keyboard to unlock the computer before you can logon to Windows, this feature is called Secure Logon. It provides an additional security layer for your system by making sure that the authentic Windows logon screen appears, in this way it becomes very difficult for viruses or spywares to intercept your user name and password as you enter them. It is a common feature of business computers on a domain network. Its also very simple to enable/disable secure Logon in Windows 7.
Are you looking for a way to generate secure, random, and unbreakable passwords? Passgen Password Generator, if you haven’t heard of the name before, is a free opensource tool that generates strong and unbreakable passwords instantly. Whether you are looking for generating a secure password for your server, or for an important account, this tool does the job right. Read More
Do you want to save some important files inside your USB Flash Drive? The best way is to make a secure partition using Rohos Disk. It makes a partition inside the USB Flash Drive where you can save all your important files and folders. You can protect this partition by assigning a password, which makes it impossible for intruders to access it. Read More
Do you want to hide your files and folders securely so that it cannot be accessed by anyone with any software? There is a freeware security software called Free Hide Folder that hides your folder and makes it fully secure from unauthorized access.
There are many software out there which can hide your private folders, but there are equal number of software available that makes it possible to access such hidden folders, thus making your hidden folders vulnerable. Free Hide Folder is a great tool that I have been using to keep my folders hidden in a very secure manner, it makes it impossible for people to find your hidden folders, let alone accessing it. Read More
The first thing everyone does when he/she comes online is to search and browse the web. Majority of the people will click on the top results in search engines, since they are above other links they will click on it without giving a second thought. What they tend to forget is that there are millions of websites that are not safe to use, they can attack your computer, steal credit card information, misguide and scam you, etc. Read More
A few days back we covered how to send secure and encrypted email messages using lockbin. This service encrypts messages by applying hash functions such as MD5 or HS1, but what if you want to choose and apply different kinds of hash functions and encrypt the text yourself? There is a simple way of encrypting and decrypting text messages by using a free online tool known as Encrypt/Decrypt tool which is provided by WebMax that makes your text message even more secure by letting yourself choose the hash function and send the message to the sender. Read More
Are you using the same password for all your web accounts and unsure if its strong enough? Many of us mostly use the same password for all the accounts, but it is important to make sure that the password is strong enough so that nobody is able to hack it. It is always advisable to to keep a different password for all the accounts, but if you want to keep a single password for most of your accounts and make sure that it is secure enough then you will need some software to determine if your password is stronger or not. Read More
Do you want to send some top-secret stuff to your friend? When you send an email using Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc the emails are never secure even if you use SSL, someone can read your emails if he knows how to capture incoming or outgoing mails. This is where LockBin
comes in, it is an online service that lets you send highly secure encrypted emails without downloading anything.
Note: This tip is for those who wants to take extra precautions, otherwise if you keep your wordpress up-to-date, you will remain secure as far I know.
I know that the title of this post is a bit comprehensive, but it pretty much explains what I am talking about. Hiding your wordpress version is the first step in keeping your blog secure and I recommend that everyone should do this to keep themselves safe from amateur hackers. Forget Professional hackers, they can hack into anything(even Pentagon). Anyway this is how you can prevent your blog from small hacks. Read More
Everyone has some private data that they don’t want other to see. It may be a document consisting of all your login passwords, your bank account information that you want to keep out of your family or some stalker’s sight. In case you are wondering how to encrypt the files/folders/entire hard drive and keep it safe from prying eyes, here is an easy method. Read More
I believe that more exclusive the method is for protection, the lesser are the chances that your file or folder will be altered by unauthorized users. In this post we will show some unconventional methods to hide your folders in such a way that they are less prone to unauthorized user access.
We come across situations when we need to lock our folders to insure that the files, videos or images are protected. Today I will help you to ensure that you can secure data on a local Windows PC without the need for any sort of expensive software. This procedure involves using just notepad, with it we'll create a batch program, this Batch program can be used to lock a single folder and unlock it
respectively. Read More