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10 Tools to ramp up your cybersecurity

by Kayla Matthews | June 17, 2018June 17, 2018 8:00 am PDT

You’ve heard the news about substantial cybersecurity breaches affecting consumers and enterprises alike, but have you done anything different to lock down your system and equipment? If not, now is a great time to get started, particularly with the help of these tools.

1. Kaspersky Secure Password Check

This simple, web-based tool lets you input a password and see if it’s strong enough against hackers. Your results indicate how long it would take a cybercriminal to use brute force to gain access to the system based on the password entered.

The site warns not to input your actual password, but this tool is an easy way to experiment with what characteristics make a password better than usual. (Free)

2. Malwarebytes

Malwarebytes offers malware-scanning products for PCs, Macs and mobile devices.

Each kind is straightforward for consumers to use and provides advice about what to do in the event of malware detection on a system. (Free option available, with premium versions starting at $39.99 per year)

3. Hotspot Shield

Hotspot Shield is a VPN application that offers privacy as you download files, browse websites and otherwise use the internet.

It protects your identity and encrypts data as you use it and works on PCs, Macs and mobile gadgets. This tool also conceals your location. (Priced at $5.99 and up depending on the tier selected)

4. Avast Free Antivirus

There are numerous free ways to enhance your cybersecurity strategies, which is good news if you’re on a budget. One excellent tool is Avast Free Antivirus.

It uses machine learning and real-time protection to analyze files before they reach your computer, stopping viruses before you notice their effects.

The interface even has a game mode that temporarily pauses operating system and Avast-related notifications, giving you maximum processing power for enjoying video games. (Free)

5. IDrive

Taking steps to improve your approach to cybersecurity means doing what you can to keep attackers out, but also having a backup plan in case the worst happens. Otherwise, unexpected issues could hinder your productivity for days.

IDrive provides snapshots of your data at points in time, allowing you to instantly go back to how your system looked before a hack happened and restore from there.

Unlike many backup platforms that make you pay for the service per device, IDrive provides a flat-fee system, making it an economical solution for your household. It also works on smartphones and Linux systems.

There’s also an Express Drive option that allows you to receive a military-grade encrypted hard drive in the mail to kickstart your restoration process and the transfer of the initial files — since cloud backup services can take a while unless you have a speedy connection. (Free plan available with paid plans starting at $52.12 per year)

6. Cybersecurity Risk Management Oversight Tool

This is a resource for auditors to help them assess the level of involvement board members assume in keeping a business protected against cybersecurity threats through adequate assessments.

It also features tools used to help spark meaningful discussions about how the management currently intervenes in cybersecurity matters and how CPA professionals could help. (Free)

7. Swivelsecure AuthControl Cloud

This is an authentication platform for businesses using cloud and on-premise applications. It’s rapidly scalable depending on needs.

It offers both two-factor authentication and unified sign-on options, helping companies stay secure while streamlining the experiences for their users. (Cost provided to interested persons during contact with the sales team)

8. AppLock

It’s essential to keep mobile gadgets protected if your business provides employees with devices they can take off-site to work on the go.

AppLock lets users prevent unauthorized access to Android applications — or entire sections of the operating system, such as settings. There’s a feature that safeguards individual files, such as pictures, too. (Free)

9. Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector

A business that’s well-equipped against cybersecurity threats cannot stop at merely keeping devices protected.

Device-based protection is an essential step, but it’s also crucial to monitor Wi-Fi network traffic. Xirrus Wi-Fi inspector lets you do that by checking for unauthorized access points while verifying the specifics of legitimate business hotspots.

This tool also allows verifying a company’s total Wi-Fi coverage and restricting access to individual devices if necessary. (Free trial available with pricing provided during sales inquiries)

10. The FCC Small Biz Cyber Planner

Research indicates that more than 70 percent of cyber attacks target small businesses. Failing to make cybersecurity a priority could end up dangerous for the long-term future of an organization. This form-based tool walks companies through the stages of making customized cybersecurity plans.

Topical headings encourage users not to overlook crucial components of those documents. (Free)

Take Cybersecurity Seriously — Starting Now

Whether you’re an everyday internet user or someone associated with an enterprise, you’re at risk for the chaos created by skilled cybercriminals.

Fortunately, this list of tools offers actionable ways to protect yourself — and employees, if applicable — during internet use at home and work.

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Kayla Matthews

Kayla Matthews is a writer and tech blogger, talking about connected devices and smart tech on websites like MakeUseOf, VentureBeat, Motherboard and...

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