When it comes to cybersecurity and digital privacy, the most common solutions are software-based. Between a password manager, a VPN and two-factor authentication, there’s a lot you can do to lock down your data using digital methods. Hardware-based privacy and security products are less common, but they’re no less useful in protecting your data and privacy. Continue reading to browse seven discreet devices, accessories and gadgets that can help secure your digital life.
7. A Physical 2FA Key
Digital two-factor authentication can go a long way in locking down your online accounts — so it’s strongly recommended. But online 2FA systems, which typically require a text message to be sent to a primary device, are still vulnerable to interception and attack. That’s a weakness that physical 2FA keys don’t have.
Basically, you plug your 2FA key into your computer when you’re logging into your account. Without the key, logging in is impossible (so don’t lose it). Yubico makes some excellent options in both USB-A and USB-C variants. Currently, they’re compatible with Gmail, Facebook, Dropbox, LastPass and a bunch of other online platforms.
6. Webcam Covers
While it may not be a common problem, your device camera is still vulnerable to being hacked — which could, of course, seriously compromise your privacy. Mark Zuckerberg covers his webcam, while former FBI director James Comey has likened the move to locking the doors on your house.
You could just use a piece of tape or a webcam sticker, but a solution like these webcam covers may be a more permanent and practical solution. They cover your webcam, but still feature a sliding mechanism that allows you to access the camera when you need it. They’re compatible with everything from an Amazon Echo Spot to a MacBook Pro. Get a 5-pack here.
5. RFID Blocking Sleeves
Your iPhone, MacBook and other digital devices are fairly safe against intrusion. But your credit cards, passports and other sensitive documents may still be at risk of physical attack. By way of RFID data skimming devices, hackers can steal sensitive data from your cards and documents without needing to touch them.
That’s where these RFID-blocking sleeves come in. While there are wallets and bags that contain similar technology, reusable sleeves are a good solution for anyone (since wallets and bags are a really personal choice). Just slip your cards, passport and other documents in one of these sleeves and they’ll be protected from digital pickpockets and other data thieves.
4. SecureUSB Hardware Encrypted Flash Drive
You probably already use a USB flash drive. But have you ever considered what would happen if it fell into the wrong hands? If you handle a lot of sensitive data through a USB drive, then it’s definitely worth investing in one that offers its own set of protections.
These SecureUSB drives feature military-grade encryption, but it doesn’t compromise on read/write speeds like other encrypted flash drives. The drive is unlocked by way of the keypad, which even features a wear-resistant coating so your commonly used keys won’t be shown.
3. SecureDrive BT Hardware Encrypted SSD
When it comes to backing up your data or storage of larger files, a portable SSD is the best solution. While there are a lot of options on the market, this encrypted SecureDrive SSD is a great choice for the privacy and security conscious.
It features military-grade encryption and a suite of other security-based features. The drive itself is uncooked by way of a companion app (which is compatible with Face or Touch ID). And unlike the baked-in encryption in macOS, the SecureDrive can keep your files protected across multiple operating systems.
2. A Privacy Screen
There are a wide variety of tools that can protect your accounts from attack. But there aren’t as many elegant solutions stopping someone from, say, just glancing as your MacBook Pro’s screen at work, on a flight, or at your favorite local coffee shop. If you work with sensitive information, that could be a problem.
Enter the privacy screen. It’s a simple and elegant solution that can keep prying eyes from looking over your shoulder, so to speak. Basically, the screen blocks certain viewing angles. This particular option also attaches magnetically, so you don’t have to worry about adhesives or residue. So you can continue working on your Mac, but the person seated next to you will only see a black screen.
1. Bitdefender BOX
The Internet of Things is only going to expand. Between your smart speaker, your smart lights, and your smart TV, there are a lot of vectors for a bad actor to exploit. But you don’t have to get rid of your IoT hardware in the interest of privacy and security. Instead, you can just take measures to protect them.
Many cybersecurity tactics require a bit of know-how. That’s a problem the Bitdefender BOX was built to fix. It’s a simple hub that protects all of your IoT devices from malware, stolen passwords, spying, identity theft, and a lot more. It isn’t cheap, but it’s a simple solution that can help you shore up your home cybersecurity.
Credit to: Mike Peterson