Security Software

How to beef up your Chrome and Firefox security in 2019

Despite the existence of millions of popular apps and services today, the humble little web browser keeps on trucking. However, online security and privacy has gotten a lot trickier over the years, and both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox arguably need a few tweaks to their settings to help you stay safe on the web. Let's get you up to speed on password management, Google account management, two-factor authentication, spyware, virtual private networks, and more.

Google Chrome settings

1. Disable Chrome's... Read More »

Topics: Browsers , Security Software , Windows Software , Mac Software , Security , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Security Center , Guides , security , Windows software , browsers

A buyer's guide to virtual private networks (VPNs)

On April 4, 2017, a measure was signed into federal law that allows Internet service providers to collect and sell your personal data without your consent. Things including your physical location, your favorite websites, and what Internet apps you use are all valid targets for a price tag. One of the ways you can maintain your privacy is with a virtual private network (VPN). While these were originally designed for business users, VPNs have greatly expanded in recent years... Read More »

Topics: Security Software , Windows Software , Mac Software , Security , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Security Center , Guides , security , Windows software , VPN

Google pulls 13 malicious Android apps that were downloaded more than half a million times

In a familiar refrain, Google has removed from its Play store 13 malicious apps masquerading as legitimate games -- but not before they potentially infected more than half a million Android devices.

SEE: The 7 Best Antivirus for Android to Keep Your Phone Secure

A warning about the malicious apps was tweeted on November 19 by malware researcher Lukas Stefanko from security provider ESET. Stefanko said that the 13 apps racked up more than 560,000 installations, with... Read More »

Topics: Security Software , Security , Android Software

Two-factor authentication on Apple, Instagram, Amazon and others falls short, says new report

Knowing that your app accounts are secure and not just anyone can access them is a critical aspect of cybersecurity--and implementing two-factor authentication is an important step.

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a way to confirm a user's identity by asking for two pieces of evidence. For example, combining a password with a security question, a code texted to your phone, or a 2FA app like Authy (Android, iOS), Google Authenticator (Android, iOS), or Microsoft Authenticator (Android,... Read More »

Topics: Android , Android Software , Apps And Software , Browsers , iOS Software , Password Managers , Security Software

Ring app update brings new features and better security

Over the coming months, Ring is adding features to its app and services that let you finetune alerts and stay on top of suspicious neighborhood activities. Ring helps customers monitor their home with Ring doorbells and cameras. The Ring app (iOS, Android, Windows) connects your Ring devices so you can see, hear, and talk to anyone on your property from your smartphone.

The app pairs with Ring devices including its the camera and doorbell, letting you... Read More »

Topics: Home Software , Security Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

1Password offers free accounts for political candidates and people involved with elections

People running for public office or otherwise playing a role in US elections will be able to manage their passwords for free courtesy of a new offer from 1Password.

SEE: How to beef up your Chrome and Firefox security in 2018

With the midterm elections around the corner, 1Password has unveiled a new initiative known as 1Password for Democracy. Through this offer, political candidates, election monitors, and other people taking an active role with our elections can get a free account... Read More »

Topics: Security Software , Password Managers , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

The best Android VPNs to keep your data private and secure

Whether you go free or paid, an Android VPN is an important component of your online protection kit. It can provide a secure Internet connection, mask your data transmissions over a Wi-Fi connection, avoid Internet filtering and censorship, and allow you access to content in a geographical region other than your own.

VPNs offer a wide variety of capabilities, but we've narrowed those options to a short list of essentials. First, we looked at how easy the VPN is to set... Read More »

Topics: Privacy Software , Security Software , Android Software , Encryption Software

Keep your Windows files and messages private with these encryption apps

With reports of governments spying on their citizens -- and spying on each other -- using encryption to secure our files and communications is an important step in guarding your data and privacy and staying secure. You can find dedicated tools to encrypt files, hard drives, Internet traffic, and data stored in the cloud as well as encrypted text messaging apps and email services.

SEE: Stay private and protected with the best Firefox security extensions

VeraCrypt for Windows disk encryption

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Topics: Privacy Software , Security Software , Windows Software , Encryption Software

Best apps for securing Android and managing privacy settings

Who could blame you if you flinch a bit each time you go online? The Internet can be a dangerous place.

We know the basics of mobile security -- don't give out personal information, for example, or don't click suspicious links -- but you can take the next steps with these easy-to-use security apps that can watch over your privacy and ensure you stay secure online.

Our picks to secure your mobile devices include tools for encrypting your Internet... Read More »

Topics: Privacy Software , Communications , Security Software , Android Software , Antivirus Software , Encryption Software

Big Apple launches 'NYC Secure' app to protect the cybersecurity of citizens

New York City Cyber Command's NYC Secure app launched for Android and iOS on Tuesday after New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the cybersecurity initiative in March.

The city-funded app provides on-device protection against mobile threats like suspicious WiFi hotspots or apps with malware. NYC Secure doesn't require an internet connection to detect a threat or potential problem. Results are sent immediately and the app doesn't access or collect any personal data from the... Read More »

Topics: Security Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software