Protection and Recovery for your Gadgets and Data

Chances are at some point in your life you will be the victim of a theft, and as we become more dependent on our electronic buddies this becomes more devastating. By taking precautions now you can minimize the damage and perhaps even recover your devices. I've gathered some innovative and (mostly) free solutions to help.

The Prey Project is, in a word, glorious. Serious open source security; Prey does everything you could wish for when you get that gut-punched helpless feeling of knowing someone has stolen your device and worse your data. Screenshots, GPS location, webcam access, remote lock down and more. Even better it's good for phones and computers. There's even a new Prey Pro account you can pay for to run prey on even more than three devices.

"Besides gathering information, you can also trigger actions remotely such as sounding a loud alarm or showing a message which will appear onscreen – just in case you want the guy to know he's being chased at.
You can also wipe your stored passwords for security, or even lock down your PC to prevent access. In other words, you're in control."

Plan B, not the pill, the app! This is for your android phone and the beauty of it is you can install it remotely after your phone has disappeared. Plan B can't multitask like prey but what it can do is perhaps the most important, tell you where your phone is.

"After you install it, Plan B will start locating your phone using cell towers and GPS. On some phones, Plan B can switch GPS on automatically. Your location will keep updating for 10 minutes, and you will get an email each time it is located, whether the phone is moving or standing still. You can start the process again by texting “locate” to your number from any other phone."

Password protection is critical, you need a password that is long with no dictionary words, must have symbols, numbers, upper case, lower case, 14 to 40 characters long, and you should have a unique one to every site you visit. Sounds pretty daunting doesn't it?

How are you supposed to remember long random strings for every website. There are a few simple options, first is save them in your browser, it's very convenient and many people use this route but it's not very secure one device stolen and everything will be compromised. Let's look at some other options...

LastPass promises to be the last password you will ever need. Whenever you start browsing the internet put in your Lastpass password and it will fill in the rest for every site you save. You can even use it to store credit card information and secure notes. The paid version has some improvements such as an app for your smart phone but the free version is very useful all on it's own. Lastpass will even search your pc for insecure passwords stored in your browsers so conversion is a snap and when you make new accounts Lastpass will generate a new random password to your precise specifications.

Roboform boasts a simple to use interface and the handy store form information to save time from endlessly filling in your name, address, email, etc etc...

"It's now easier than ever to login to your favorite websites and applications. RoboForm makes the process effortless by automatically saving, then entering your usernames and passwords. Simply click and login-similar to a browser bookmark! You'll never need to remember or type another password again." -Roboform

A few last tips-

  • At the very least make sure your financial passwords are secure, never save them in your browser and never use them for another site. 
  • Be very wary of any open wifi, never let your devices automatically connect to any available wifi. 
  •  Keep a list of passwords secure in your safe deposit box
  •  Always take a picture of your devices serial numbers and store it in a safe place, online or a safe deposit box
Stay safe and keep your data! If you like this post check out this one on more information for free or cheap data protection.


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