Internet Security

5 Privacy Protecting Apps You Need to Use Right Now

Mihir Patkar 14-01-2017

On the internet, you can never be too safe. New threats keep coming up all the time, whether attacking your security or trying to mine your data. It only makes sense to do whatever you can to stay secure.


And just as the internet takes, the internet also provides. Developers have made everything from extensions that will stop data-miners to simple apps that monitor how secure you are. Here are five of the best that you should use right away.

1. Two Factor Auth (Web): Lock Your Accounts Twice!

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is fast gaining popularity as a must-have security measure for any digital account. In case you’re new to the concept, Tina has explained 2FA in detail What Is Two-Factor Authentication, And Why You Should Use It Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a security method that requires two different ways of proving your identity. It is commonly used in everyday life. For example paying with a credit card not only requires the card,... Read More . But which services can you use it with? That’s what this site is here for.

Two Factor Auth has every single website that supports or doesn’t support 2FA, and which type of 2FA is available. For example, your secondary token can be hardware or software related, and differ in how you receive it: email, phone call, or SMS.

Two Factor Auth Web App

There are some services you should lock down with 2FA Lock Down These Services Now With Two-Factor Authentication Two-factor authentication is the smart way to protect your online accounts. Let's take a look at few of the services you can lock-down with better security. Read More right away, but make this site your weekend project. In case the worst happens, you’ll feel mighty thankful.


2. IOT Scanner (Web): Are Your Devices “Open” on the internet?

The “internet of Things” (IoT) What Is the Internet of Things? What is the Internet of Things? Here's everything you need to know about it, why it's so exciting, and some of the risks. Read More promises to change how we live our lives. But it’s also fraught with risk. When you have things like your fridge or your smart TV always connected to the internet, that also leaves them open to hackers. In fact, IoT is a potential security nightmare Why The Internet of Things Is The Biggest Security Nightmare One day, you arrive home from work to discover that your cloud-enabled home security system has been breached. How could this happen? With Internet of Things (IoT), you could find out the hard way. Read More .

IoT Scanner is a simple tool that figures out which of your devices is open publicly. It checks the IP devices of all the gadgets in your home network, and sees if they are available openly on Shodan. Shodan is a database of publicly-accessible devices on the internet.

Internet of Things Scanner

After you click the “Check if I am on Shodan” button, it’s a good idea to also do the Deep Scan. That’s the one which you want to know about, and ideally, you’re looking for the green tick at the end of it.

3. (Web): Scan Gmail, Find Everything You Signed Up For

Over the years, you’ve probably used your Gmail account to sign up for several services. Whether you used the power of Gmail aliases Divide & Conquer Your Email With The Power of Gmail Aliases When it comes to email organization, the immediate reaction is often all about folders, tags, filters, priority marks, and things of that sort. Not that any of those are bad - in fact, most of... Read More or not, you might have forgotten which places you have an account at. And if you used the same password and one of those gets hacked, suddenly, you’re in grave danger.

Deseat Me Web App scans your Gmail inbox to find everything you have subscribed for over the years. It reads your emails, yes, but your privacy is guaranteed by working entirely offline. The app does not send any data to its servers. So run it once, let it find everywhere you have registered, and then start visiting those sites to delete the accounts you no longer use.

4. Privacy Badger 2.0 (Chrome, Firefox): The EFF’s Privacy Protecting Extension

Websites are always tracking you. On any page you go, even something as small as Facebook and Twitter’s social sharing buttons are tracking you How To Block Facebook And Other Social Networks From Tracking You Online Whenever you visit a site with a Like, Tweet or +1 button, you're actually sharing data with Facebook, Twitter or Google. And that's not all. There are hundreds of advertising and data collection companies that... Read More . All of this information is used to build a “profile” of you, sold to advertisers. Want to stop that? Privacy Badger is what you need.

Privacy Badger Logo

Privacy Badger is made by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit independent group protecting consumers on the internet. We’ve reviewed Privacy Badger How to Block Online Tracking with Privacy Badger Privacy Badger's aim is to be a silent protector for regular users, working in the background, guarding your information from being sent to advertisers and malicious third parties. But does it fulfill this aim? Read More earlier, but the new version deserves to be mentioned again. In v2.0, Privacy Badger works faster than before and adds more protection. Specifically, it tackles the problem of websites and malware trying to find your IP address, which can lead to more harm later.

Privacy Badger is completely free. The EFF recommends also enabling Do Not Track, but we found that Do Not Track doesn’t do much What Is "Do Not Track" and Does It Protect Your Privacy? Does enabling "Do Not Track" in your browser really protect your privacy, or does it simply provide a false sense of security? Read More . Still, better safe than sorry, eh?

5. Passlock (Web, Chrome, Android, iOS): Easy Email Encryption for Everyone

You already know that sending sensitive data on emails is risky. You never know who might be snooping. The ideal solution is to encrypt your emails, but it’s a messy process. Passlock makes it simple.

In a nutshell, Passlock is a client for the Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) standard What Is PGP? How Pretty Good Privacy Works, Explained Pretty Good Privacy is one method for encrypting messages between two people. Here's how PGP works and how anyone can use it. Read More . The app creates a “lock” and a “key” for you. You can send your lock to others. Others can apply your lock to any email they want to send you. This way, since only you have the key, only you’ll be able to open the lock and read the email. Even if someone else intercepts the email, they can’t open it since they don’t have the key.

Passlock works on smartphones as well as with email, including Gmail. It’s extremely easy to use, and it is built by a security professor to boot.

What’s Your Privacy Fear?

Privacy is an area of increasing concern in the internet age. From what we share on social networks to what we share privately, so much of our personal data is online. And it’s difficult to control who sees it.

In terms of leaks, there are three broad routes. Which do you fear most? Do you fear your data being in the hands of independent hackers, of large corporations, or of government or state bodies?

Related topics: Cool Web Apps, Online Privacy, Online Security.

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  1. Bluebyyou
    September 25, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    These 'Newssies' related to in this blog are the exact opposite of unbiased news. They are all told what to report by the C.I.A. that oversees, creates, and monitors what 90% of the mainstream news is in the United States, etc.

  2. David A Palmer
    August 4, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    BBC? Who the hell are you kidding? THE Worst bias of any New outfit in the UK by far.

  3. Steve
    February 4, 2017 at 8:55 am

    "This is a world where money seems to have such control over journalistic integrity. Is there no place for the reader to turn for unbiased news? The short answer is an emphatic yes."


    Perhaps it should read: Is there any place for the reader to turn for unbiased news? The short answer is an emphatic yes.

    Much better.

  4. wobufalar
    January 15, 2017 at 6:00 am


  5. Colin
    January 15, 2017 at 12:55 am

    Can you comment on the anti-tracking (not the Do Not Track option) feature that Firefox has? I know it has to be turned off for ads to work in makeuseof, and other sites.

  6. Kelsey Tidwell
    January 14, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Mihir, is the app on working for you? I've tried it with Chrome, Firefox and Opera on my desktop, my mobile and my tablet. Can't get anything on the page.

    • Roger
      January 18, 2017 at 10:26 pm

      Doesn't seem to be working for me either.