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Tools for the paranoid: 5 free security tools to protect your data

Erez Zukerman | Feb. 4, 2013
Whether we work with trade secrets or just prefer to keep our stock trades secret, we all have data that's invaluable to us—and valuable to online evildoers. Here are five free tools for protecting passwords, browsing anonymously, and encrypting our most precious documents.

A little security goes a long way

With security software, it's easy to go overboard. You could create a small KeePass database, steganographically embed it in an MP3 file, put that file into a TrueCrypt volume, and then launch Tor and tell your friends all about it on Cryptocat. That might be a fun experiment, but in reality, it takes just a handful of best practices to significantly bolster security. If this article makes you do just one thing, I hope it gets you to adopt KeePass and take password security more seriously. And if you're already using a password manager, well, there's always more you can do to further protect your privacy and reduce the risks that come with constantly being online.

 

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