According to the findings of recent online privacy survey research by ExpressVPN, many internet users are oblivious of the most effective digital security tools available. This survey interviewed 3,000 internet users drawn from France, the UK, and the US. It further indicated that many are concerned about their digital privacy and want to do more.
In this article, we discuss security tools which, despite being lesser-known, are very effective.
3 little known but effective cybersecurity tools
You can use the Tor (The onion router) browser to navigate the surf through the hidden .onion sites. With this browser, all your data is routed through the Tor Network.
The Tor network enables internet users to navigate the web anonymously: through a data encryption technology that helps mask the real identities of both the data senders and receivers.
You can also use plugins that are privacy oriented. These tools help keep trackers, cookies, and malicious ads at bay. You can get a free plugin like unblock origin or subscribe to a paid service. The plugins secure your online activities by inspecting the domains that you access. You can then choose which cookies to allow and which ones to block.
Many security plugins come as browser extensions and are easy to install and use.
Account breach monitoring software
You can also use a breach monitoring service to ensure that your important accounts and passwords are safe and secure. Many criminals target such credentials while scheming attacks that border on impersonation such as phishing scams.
3 other effective privacy tools that you should use
To strengthen your digital security further, you can use the privacy tools below alongside the cybersecurity tools discussed above.
Password managers are programs that help you generate, store, retrieve, and manage strong passwords for multiple accounts. They help you secure your account with complex passwords and easily retrieve them whenever you are logging in.
An email scanner protects you from attacks that spread through email. As suggested in the name, this service scans the contents of an email by reviewing the messages for viruses, malicious attachments or links, and spam before allowing any of it access to your inbox.
A Virtual Private Network
You can also secure your privacy using a Virtual Private Network. VPNs create an encrypted tunnel for all outgoing and incoming traffic. This data encryption ensures that all data is safely transmitted to the intended recipient.
VPNs also mask a user’s real IP address making it invisible to spies and eavesdroppers.
Many internet users are aware of the underlying privacy dangers associated with internet use. However, they might not be doing much to protect themselves. Stay safe by using the feasible security tools discussed above. Many of these services are free but effective: why not try them out?