Email Self-Defense – Secure your email in 30 minutes!

Email Self-Defense

In light of the bulk surveillance issues that have found their way across the web, the Free Software Foundation has launched a guide to help secure your email communication. The guide recommends free software tools like GnuPG and Enigmail to secure your email. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection, an email account and about half an hour.

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Hides folders in Windows with Wise Folder Hider

Windows lets you hide folders. However, if someone gets hold of your computer they can easily view hidden folders. If you’re computer is likely to be used by many users, you’ll need an additional level of security.

Windows lets you hide folders. However, if someone gets hold of your computer they can easily view hidden folders. If you’re computer is likely to be used by many users, you’ll need an additional level of security.

Wise Folder Hider is a free software that lets you hide your personal folder(s) or file(s) to somewhere else in your PC or in removable devices and protecting them with a password. As an additional feature, it even allows you to hide some folders and files with a double password, securing things even further.

Wise Folder Hider

By default Wise Folder Hider requires a password for you to access the program and this serves as the first level of security. Once you’ve logged in, you will note a very basic interface that lets you quickly add and hide either folders or files. You can either click the buttons or just drag and drop the folder or files into the software. The software allows you to temporarily view hidden files, unhide hidden files, or set a secondary password at any time when you log in Wise Folder Hider.

Once you login to Wise Folder Hider you can use the right-click menu to hide a file/folder in Windows XP and other versions of Windows with UAC disabled. You can execute this feature without the need to start up the software. The hidden files/folder without the protection of secondary password can be accessed in the hidden list. You can easily unhide these files with the primary password.

7 Tips & Tricks to help you secure your Android device

Android phones have become extremely popular in the last couple of years so more and more manufacturers are starting to develop their high end devices on Android platform. This fast growing popularity and the fact that they are taking over the mobile phones market has exposed them not only to physical thefts but to all sorts of software and internet threats. These high end devices have made it possible for us to store all our personal and business information so there’s a big risk that someone will misuse this sensitive data in case our phone is stolen or if our information is compromised through some malware or other harmful application.

Android Security

Android phones have become extremely popular in the last couple of years so more and more manufacturers are starting to develop their high end devices on Android platform. This fast growing popularity and the fact that they are taking over the mobile phones market has exposed them not only to physical thefts but to all sorts of software and internet threats. These high end devices have made it possible for us to store all our personal and business information so there’s a big risk that someone will misuse this sensitive data in case our phone is stolen or if our information is compromised through some malware or other harmful application. While the only way to prevent theft or the loss of a phone is to be extra careful there are several ways you can protect your data so no one can get to your important information. Here are some tips how to secure and protect your Android phone.

1. Security apps

You can find a lot of security app designed especially for Android phones that can keep your phone safe from malicious software. Some of the best security apps are Lookout Mobile Security, Avast Mobile Security & Antivirus, Norton Mobile Security and more. Installing a security app doesn’t mean that you should stop being extra careful when it come to your phone.

2. Keep it safe

Always be careful when it comes to your phone. You should always know exactly where it is and think twice before leaving it on counters in shops or lending it to strangers.

3. Use secure password

Having a strong password will prevent anybody that steals your phone to unlock the screen so he will never get access to your data. Android phones have a special unlock features such as pattern unlock or face recognition unlock that enables you to better protect the data on your phone. Be sure to set one of these lock systems – they can be very helpful if your phone is stolen.

4. Install monitoring software

Mobile phone monitoring apps like mSpy are not only used to spy on other phones but to keep your phone safe. By installing some of these apps you can always track your phone if you lost it, remotely lock your phone or delete all data. These apps can also sound an alarm if the phone leaves a predefined area.

5. Location tracker

With apps like mSpy or the Android Device Manager you can always locate your phone or remotely sound an alarm on the phone if you think it might be stolen.

6. Control internet use

You shouldn’t keep your phone always connected to the internet if you want to be safe. If you’re not using it hook off from internet because you are in danger of downloading some malicious software while you’re not even aware of it.

7. Use an antivirus

With so many malicious attacks and Trojan attachments you should use an antivirus. And treat your phone like you would a high end computer – regularly update your antivirus and never open suspicious mails or attachments.

About the Author

Post by Katrin Deres, passionate blogger, writes mainly about cell phone tracking apps and software. She is currently working for mSpy in a marketing team.

Facebook Privacy: Stop search engines linking to your timeline

By default, Facebook allows search engines like Google or Bing to index your public timeline. This allows people to search you out even if they are not on Facebook. While they won’t be able to access your profile, you might not want to let your timeline be viewed on search engines.

By default, Facebook allows search engines like Google or Bing to index your public timeline. This allows people to search you out even if they are not on Facebook. While they won’t be able to access your profile, you might not want to let your timeline be viewed on search engines.

But, Facebook allows you stop search engines from accessing your timeline. Here is how you go about blocking them.

Access the Facebook Privacy Settings via the drop down and hit “See more settings”.

Facebook Privacy settings

You’ll be lead to the Privacy Settings and Tools page.

Facebook Privacy Settings

Hit Edit on the last option as per the screenshot above and uncheck the tick box titled “Let other search engines link to your timeline”.

Facebook - Stop search engines

It will take a few weeks for the search engines to stop showing links to your timeline when people search for you.

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How to stop personalised ads from Microsoft

Advertisement tracking is pretty much a given in today’s world. Major networks like Google and Microsoft are serving advertisements on thousands of websites and they attempt to serve you relevant ads based on your browsing experience. But, you can stop the tracking and serving of personalised ads.

Advertisement tracking is pretty much a given in today’s world. Major networks like Google and Microsoft are serving advertisements on thousands of websites and they attempt to serve you relevant ads based on your browsing experience. But, you can stop the tracking and serving of personalised ads. Here is how you do it with Microsoft.

Microsoft personalised ads

Firstly visit Microsoft Personalised Ad Preferences. Once there you will view a page similar to the screenshot above. You have two level of controls.

The purple section above controls the personalised ads in the browser. As you can see this is currently turned on. Simply hit “Off” to shut down these ads.

The second controls ads on a more global scale when you are signed in on any computer or device with your Microsoft account. If you want Microsoft to show ads that might be relevant to you, click On. To show “generic” ads, click Off.

How to stop Firefox from blocking Mixed Content

Firefox 23 added a new feature that automatically blocks mixed content. Mixed content comes into play when browsing secure websites. (i.

Firefox 23 added a new feature that automatically blocks mixed content. Mixed content comes into play when browsing secure websites. (i.e. websites with “https”), when the webpage doesn’t serve everything on the https protocol but serves some images on http.

Normally, this isn’t really the big issue. However, if you are concerned about security and especially tracking, then you might want to prevent this happening. Firefox understands that and automatically blocks mixed content. When browsing a secure website displaying mixed content, you might view something like this: “Firefox has blocked content that isn’t secure”.

Firefox - Mixed Content Blocking

As you note in the URL, browsing WordPress.org is likely to throw up this warning. This is because Firefox automatically blocks all active content like scripts that aren’t also served on the https protocol.

Hitting “Disable Protection on This Page” will fix it for the particular page. However, it won’t respect this on other sites. If you’re like me, this isn’t a helpful feature but rather a pain! And, you’ll want to disable this.

Here’s how you do it.

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LinkedIn adds Two Step Verification

LinkedIn is without doubt the key social network for business professionals. A few months back 6.5 million members had their passwords compromised and LinkedIn was quick to take action.

LinkedIn Two Step Verification

LinkedIn is without doubt the key social network for business professionals. A few months back 6.5 million members had their passwords compromised and LinkedIn was quick to take action.

The company has gone yet another step in securing its network by adding two-step verification for all accounts. You don’t have an app currently for the second step to generate the number, but you will receive a text message instead with this.

How to enable two-step verification on LinkedIn

  1. Visit your Settings page. You’ll be asked to sign in.
  2. Select your Accounts tab and then Manage security settings
  3. Under Two-step verification for sign-in, hit Turn On and follow the prompts
  4. In the future, if you sign in from an unknown device, LinkedIn will send an SMS (text message) to your phone with a number which you will need to enter to complete the second step

Check out the presentation below for a visual view of the process:

Best practices for keeping your Google password from being compromised

Google, while being a company that most people automatically associate with highly professional quality services, is no more immune to failures and fiascos than any other major digital technology corporation. This is something that every single Google user should never let themselves forget, and even less so the more they depend on the Google giant for many of their online data storage and work management needs. This applies especially when it comes to the security you need in order to protect your digital information in a way that will keep it from being totally erased, hacked or stolen.

Google, while being a company that most people automatically associate with highly professional quality services, is no more immune to failures and fiascos than any other major digital technology corporation.

This is something that every single Google user should never let themselves forget, and even less so the more they depend on the Google giant for many of their online data storage and work management needs.

This applies especially when it comes to the security you need in order to protect your digital information in a way that will keep it from being totally erased, hacked or stolen. Also, this is where Google, despite its reputation, can be surprisingly weak unless you yourself take proactive steps to change that.

Luckily however, doing that sort of thing –changing your Google passwords from insecure, weak little things into something strong and robust—isn’t really all that hard, and it’s especially effective when coupled with a few additional security strategies after the fact.

password security

That said, let’s get down to explanations:

The Power of Two Factor Authentication for Google passwords

Two factor authentication or TFA in short, is the core strategy that Google has implemented in an effort to boost the security of all its data services since several attacks against Gmail and Google accounts in general made a lot of users nervous back in 2011, 2012 and even 2013.

Oddly though, despite the implementation of TFA and a fairly strong campaign of notifications advising users of the option while they are using the company’s services, actual usage hasn’t been as widespread as it should be. This has been a contributing cause to continuing attacks despite the new security strategy with the end result of making Google still look insecure even though its two factor systems are indeed quite powerful as protection tools.

You as a Google user shouldn’t let yourself fall into the lazy trap of foregoing TFA protection, especially since setting the process up for any or all of your different Google accounts is really quite easy.

Your first step is to head on over to the following page: http://support.google.com/accounts/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=180744&rd=1

Once you’re there, the process you’ll need to follow is really simple as far as setup goes; first, you’ll need to set your country, hand over the name of the Google account you use for most of your important online Google apps, type in your password and access the authentication setup page.

You can also reach this same setup page from right inside your Gmail account by clicking on the name of your email address in the right corner of your account, clicking on “settings”, scrolling down to the “Security tab on the left side and –once you’ve clicked on it—opening the 2 factor authentication setup section that appears to the right in the menu options that are available.

Whichever way you go about accessing two factor setup, you’ll essentially be prompted to hand over the number of at least one mobile device to which your authentication passwords can be sent each time you try logging in from a device that’s unrecognized by Google. This will be a bit of a pain in the butt, but it dramatically improves your account’s hacker resistance levels.

Additionally, you might also want to take a few minutes to generate several advance one time passcodes for future situations in which your mobile device isn’t at hand and you’re logging in to your account from a device you’ve never sued before. These can be written down somewhere and stored securely for later eventualities.

Both the passkeys thereafter sent to your mobile device and the several single-use written passkeys that you generated while setting up TFA for your Google account and mobile device are based on an algorithmic process called TOTP (Time Based One Time Password) technology. In essence, this will guarantee that each of the keys created for your security is highly unique, never reused and highly random in its creation.

There you go; if you’ve followed the above simple steps, you now have a TFA protected Google account that will elevate your security whenever you log into all the applications to which the account is connected –such as Gmail, Drive, Google+ and other services. From now on, any time you log in from an unrecognized device, you’ll have to enter your original basic password and a key that’s either sent to your cell phone or one of the written keys you had generated when setting up TFA.

Your main work or business related account is obviously the one you should be most worried about securing, but If you have multiple Google accounts, you can and should go ahead and set up distinct 2 factor systems in all of them for maximal security.

A Few Extra Security Tips

Now that you’ve set up TFA on your account, you can’t just leave it at that; there are a few other basic security and access protection steps to keep in mind.

For one thing, never let yourself lose both your mobile device and your written one time access code list. Losing either one creates an enormous security breach if hackers already know your basic Google password, and losing both can cause you to get locked completely out of your own account unless you can find a previously used device to access it from.

Never leave your Google account logged into on any device you’re not actually using; always log out right after you’ve finished whatever you were doing, even on your own personal devices.

Don’t share access to your Google accounts with anyone you don’t completely trust, even if there is a practical reason for giving them access.

Finally, as a final layer of security: enable HTTPS on all of your Gmail accounts. This can be done by clicking on the little gear icon in the upper right side of your account, clicking on “Settings” under that and then scrolling down until you see an option to “always use https” and ticking it on. HTTPS will fully encrypt the transmission of your Gmail messages.

How to speed up your site with CloudFlare

Many weeks back after much deliberation, I decided to give CloudFlare a shot. As they describe themselves… CloudFlare protects and accelerates any website online.

Many weeks back after much deliberation, I decided to give CloudFlare a shot. As they describe themselves…

CloudFlare protects and accelerates any website online. Once your website is a part of the CloudFlare community, its web traffic is routed through our intelligent global network. We automatically optimize the delivery of your web pages so your visitors get the fastest page load times and best performance. We also block threats and limit abusive bots and crawlers from wasting your bandwidth and server resources. The result: CloudFlare-powered websites see a significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks.

CloudFlare

CloudFlare offers both free and paid plans. You can check out a comparison between the various plans as well as see all that you have for offer. If you’re running a huge site, getting a paid plan is definitely a great option. It definitely works out cheaper than running your own server.

If you’ve decided to take the plunge, here is how you can go about speeding up your website. Note that you’ll need to be able to have access to change the nameservers for your domains, as well as add and activate a WordPress plugin (optional).

Follow my guide below to add your website to CloudFlare. I’ll walk you through how I added my site on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to CloudFlare.

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5 Free Antivirus Apps for Android

Ever since I bought my Nexus 7 around a month back, I’ve had a closer experience with Android. One of the first things that I did was hunt through for security applications, especially antivirus apps. Below are some of the most popular antivirus apps available for Android devices.

Ever since I bought my Nexus 7 around a month back, I’ve had a closer experience with Android. One of the first things that I did was hunt through for security applications, especially antivirus apps.

Below are some of the most popular antivirus apps available for Android devices.

Lookout Security & Antivirus

Lookout

Lookout keeps your tablets and phones, and everything on them, safe and secure. Lookout offers essential protection against all the bad stuff that can happen to your phone or tablet, like viruses, loss, and theft.

The free version of the app will detect and remove viruses and spyware that can hide in apps, email attachments, or phone files and scan every number you click to call from your mobile browser.

A key feature is the Find my Phone feature that allows you to use your desktop browser to check the existing location of your phone or tablet. If your phone is off, it will indicate to you the last known location which also helps you find your missing device.

Lookout Homepage | Get Lookout from the Google Play store

AVG AntiVirus Free

AVG AntiVirus Free

The popular free PC security company brings you the free mobile security application. AVG AntiVirus FREE for Android™ protects you from harmful viruses, malware, spyware and text messages and helps keep your personal data safe.

In addition to antivirus protection, the free version provides you with anti-theft and the find your phone feature as well as a task killer that allows you to kill memory hungry apps.

You can also remotely wipe all the data off your android device if you you’ve lost it and are afraid that someone might misuse your information.

AVG Homepage | Get AVG AntiVirus Free from the Google Play store

avast! Mobile Security

Avast

Avast is one of the most popular antivirus software for your desktop and an equally popular one for your Android phone.

The app is feature packed including the antivirus and find your phone features plus the option to wipe your data remotely. You can also get a report of the permissions of the various apps, monitor your network data, fix mistyped URLs, scan URLs as well as calls and SMSes. If you have a rooted device, you can also take advantage of the firewall feature which protects you in real time.

Avast Mobile homepage | Get Avast from the Google Play store

Norton Security & Antivirus

Norton Security & Antivirus

Norton™ Mobile Security Lite protects your Android device from theft, malware and viruses. Lost or stolen device? You can remotely locate it. You can scan your mobile device and SD card for malware and viruses. Auto scan new downloads and app updates. Manage protection for multiple devices with web-based security management. Optimized user interface for smartphones and tablets.

Similar to the other apps, Norton allows you web access to your phone for its remote location feature.

The antivirus app is one of the many Norton mobile apps on the Android platform: http://android.NortonApps.com

Get Norton Security from the Google Play store

Dr.Web Anti-virus

Dr.Web Anti-virus

Available as a Light and Full version, Dr.Web protects your mobile device from viruses and spam. Dr.Web anti-virus Light uses the unique algorithm to detect malware – Origins Tracing™ for Android – which allows detecting the new virus families using the knowledge database on previous threats.

The antivirus works in the background and you can also run manual scans. The full version provides you with anti-theft protection, find your phone feature, URL filtering and call filtering.

Dr.Web homepage | Get Dr.Web Anti-virus Light from the Google Play store

 

Have you installed any antivirus software on your android phone or tablet? If so, tell us which app you prefer?