Choosing the right VPN service that is truly secure while also offering seamless performance can be tough. This is because many people are not security experts and many of the well-known major tech websites are ad-revenue biased in their reporting. thatoneprivacysite is a blog created to independently taste and report on the key performance and security attributes for all of the major VPN services. Additionally, the result of this comprehensive research are made available in downloadable Excel and Libre spreadsheet formats (always updated via Google Docs).
To learn more about your personal security and ways of finding secure alternatives to many of the major platforms, refer to the below sites:
- PRISM Break
Quick shout-out to Apple for their 'Families' program that just launched. These types of protections for children are important for the digital world. Apple definitely isn't the first to publicize, Microsoft similarly has offered good family protection for some time.
It is believed that all passwords will be retired as a legacy authentication mechanism within the next 24 months. Trusona is a company that has created a revolutionary authentication for the government, known as a 'true persona'. The technology is impressive.
Nowadays, more and more businesses are mandating their vendors encrypt their hard disks. This means that if the device was stolen or hard drive removed, the data contained would be scrambled and inaccessable. Symantec's Full Disk Encryption product is great but costs arouns $150. TrueCrypt is a free, open-source Windows based utility that can encrypt whole disks, files and folders.
Microsoft Security Essentials
It's very controversial that antivirus software is something that I DON'T use :). In most cases, the software is more harmful than having an actual virus. I enjoy discussing the issue but unfortunately out of scope for this post. If you must use antivirus software personally, use Microsoft's Security Essentials. It's free for home users and updates automatically via Microsoft Update. Security Essentials has recently been rated #1 by several major tech publications.
YouGetSignal.com is a great, quick way to allow end users to test their own firewall port statuses. The external website will attempt to scan all 65k firewall ports, 25 most common ports, or custom ports. Great for troubleshooting network issues or confirming the successful configuration of a new firewall.