Umair MohammadApr 11, 2014 10:26:58 IST
The recent Heartbleed discovery has rocked the internet, exposing one of the most commonly used security measures SSL. It has once again brought into spotlight fears that our data is not as secure as some companies would have us believe. Security and privacy are burning issues at the moment, so there's It is high time we take it upon ourselves the responsibility to secure our personal data as much as possible. And while we cannot always guarantee that your online data will be safe, at least we can make sure all our local data and our surfing is as secure as possible.
We give you five tools that will help you achieve the same.
If you are looking to browse online anonymously then this is one browser that should feature on top of your list. The browser comes with a bundle in a package that can be extracted. This package also contains a special Firefox version.
Once you are connected to Tor Browser all the internet traffic coming into and going out of your system is encrypted. Not only that, this traffic is then routed through several anonymous nodes before actually connecting you to the site that you want to access. As a result of going through so many nodes, the browser does becomes slow.
The Tor Browser is free to download and is available for Android and Windows platform.
If sending data or confidential files over the net are a part of your routine then this is one of the best tools for you. The B1 Archiver lets you to zip, archive and password protect your files. The best thing about it is that the files archived by this software can only be opened by another B1 Archiver only; even if it is not password protected.
The B1 Archiver works on all platforms. It is absolutely free and can be used for personal as well as commercial purposes.
If you are worried about your files being intercepted or illegally accessed by hackers then OpenPuff software is a must for you. Created by engineer Cosimo Oliboni, the Windows tool uses steganography to allow you to bury your data in a multimedia file such as an image or even an audio file. To read an OpenPuff encrypted file, you will simply have to download it and enter the file password that the sender has shared with you.You can even send large files as there is no theoretical size limit. It's open source, so you can examine the code, if you wish and make suitable modifications for your specific needs. Did we mention that it's absolutely free?
CryptoCat is a must-use to secure online chatting. It's convenient and also ensures privacy. It's available as a Chrome or Firefox extension, so you can use it from within you browser. To chat using CryptoCat all you have to do is create a sign-in name and choose a name for your private chat room. Both parties need to be using CryptoCat for this to work. And yes just like all of the tools on this list, this one too is free. CryptoCat is available for Windows, iOS and Android.
Here is another freeware that will make your day. TrueCrypt is a programme that lets you encrypt your hard drives, make hidden volumes and even hide your operating system. The best thing about this software is that even if someone has physical access to your computer, they cannot access the data on it without using a passcode (or keyfile, stored in a security token or smart card) generated by the software.When it decrypts data for your use again, as you may need to from time to time, it never stores the decrypted data locally, but only on the RAM, which gets wiped as other processes are called up. It only decrypts the data that's being read ahead by the system. XP users, do note that TrueCrypt supports your OS, so your data can be kept safe by using it. TrueCrypt is available on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.
So what tools do you use? Let us know how you keep your data safe