It’s important to stay safe online by keeping on top of your digital hygiene but often security is an afterthought and easily overlooked. It’s more important than ever to stay on top of your data’s security and privacy. Here are our favorite applications to keep you safe and secure in the digital world.
Lastpass is a free/premium multi-platform password manager that generates and manages passwords in a secure vault. It’s no longer safe or cute to reuse simple passwords on every website you visit. Data-breaches are now common place and your password information can easily be shared among hackers once a site or app is compromised. It’s a must that you use secure, unique passwords for every website login you use. Lastpass makes this a breeze by generating long random passwords that cannot be easily guessed or brute forced by hackers.
From our friends at the EFF – Privacy Badger is a browser add-on that stops advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking where you go and what pages you look at on the web. If an advertiser seems to be tracking you across multiple websites without your permission, Privacy Badger automatically blocks that advertiser from loading any more content in your browser. To the advertiser, it’s like you suddenly disappeared.
Are you still browsing the web with a browser full of annoying advertisements? Ublock Origin is an efficient browser extension that blocks unwanted advertisements and makes the web a more enjoyable place. Once you try Ublock Origin you won’t be able to go back to browsing without an ad-blocker. Many sites depend on advertising revenue to pay the bills so you can disable the plugin on a site by site basis if you prefer to support certain websites.
Many times you might want to connect to the internet while on an unsecured shared network at the coffee shop or a remote office. A VPN will protect your browsing and data from prying eyes on the local network or your ISP. ExpressVPN hides your IP address and encrypts your network data so no one can see what you’re doing. One click, and you’re protected.
Firefox Multi-Account Containers lets you keep parts of your online life separated into color-coded tabs that preserve your privacy. Cookies are separated by container, allowing you to use the web with multiple identities or accounts simultaneously. Do you begrudgingly need to use Facebook or other social media services on your computer? Firefox containers will keep Facebook from tracking your activities in other browser tabs.