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messycheesecake
11-23-2017, 04:41 PM
Hello Every One,

Newbie here....I wanted your say on recent privacy breaching incidents....celebrities photos getting hacked and other agencies gathering data for civilians I found best app to secure the data...By detail research, I found some app which I wanted to share here and wanted your feedback regarding the apps.

Here you go:


1Password (https://1password.com/)

PureVPN (https://www.purevpn.com/vpn-deal-of-the-decade)

Knock 2.0 (http://www.knocktounlock.com/) (this app is to unlock mac by using your iPhone or Apple watch)

Mynigma (https://mynigma.org/)

Signal (https://signal.org/)

What is your guys take on it?

chscag
11-23-2017, 04:46 PM
Welcome to our forums.

We moved this to our Security Forum.

The only app above that I'm familiar with and have used is 1Password which is available for both iOS and macOS.

1Password, however, is expensive and probably not worth renewing thru subscription since there are less expensive apps which are just as effective.

Rod Sprague
11-24-2017, 05:24 AM
The First thing I would say here is why do you need this level of personal security?
But assuming you want/need it starting at the beginning:
1 Password is a well recognised and respected password manager. I prefer Enpass because it does not involve off line storage.

Pure VPN is good but for the money Express VPN is better, has better support and easier to set up. I have tried Pure.

Knock seems an unnecessary complication and a security risk in itself. I would never give a portable device the ability to unlock another.

Signal is as I understand it a encryption device for voice/media calls I have no knowledge of what might be involved in setting this up so I can't really comment. I can imagine you may have provider problems with this.

At the end of the day it is pretty near impossible to be airtight as far as the internet is concerned. Positional data is required for many apps and even Ghostery can cause problems in functionality if you block all trackers.

My advice; use a VPN for double ended encryption with no logging. Use Ghostery for limited tracking from eg Google and a password manager for strong passwords and ease of access. Lastly you can if you wish use Full system encryption via Apples File Vault in security settings in system preferences. Not to mention a strong login password.
Last but not least, backup everything on any device before installing any software like the ones you mentioned. A bootable Clone is best.

mrplow
11-24-2017, 11:04 AM
Great advice.

Little to add but a few observations. Most of the tabloid 'hacks' on individuals data that get reported are nothing of the sort. What they tend to be are usernames and passwords that have been social engineered or stolen from other sources. The most common victims here are people that reuse the same username/password combinations across multiple sites.

However, the bulk of data loss isn't from individuals but from poor security from within organisations trusted to stor epersonal data. Uber and Yahoo's data breaches etc.

Organisations looking to steal, harness or otherwise abuse peoples data tend to go for big targets. There's better reward in it. As an individual you as a less attractive target based upon effort/risk/reward.

The advice already given is great. Use a password manager to generate unique, credentials for each service/store etc. Use a complex passphrase as your master password for the manager. Don't give out your details online or in the real world unless you are reasonably confident about how that data will be cared for. Ghostery and other anti tracking and adblockers are helpful to limited your data sharing but be mindful of the websites you visit and the software you install.

Technolgy solutions are great but the weakest link is nearly always the human at the keyboard/on the phone.

Never follow links from emails unless you are 100% confident of the content. Treat yourself to a couple of hours educating yourself on Phishing attacks and ways to identify them.

Make sure you computer password is strong and known only to you (ideally). If you have others in the household that need to use it. Create a separate user for them.

Backup your data!

Cr00zng
11-26-2017, 08:53 AM
Great advice all around...

One aspect of privacy that has not been mentioned is tracking end users within the apps, instead of relying in the browser tracking. This is much more relevant than people believe and there are no solutions to block them. Basically the only option is to take it or leave it.

Exodus Privacy did analyzed about 4,000 apps:

https://theintercept.com/2017/11/24/staggering-variety-of-clandestine-trackers-found-in-popular-android-apps/

While the research by Exodus focuses on the Android platform apps, there's no reason to believe that iOS apps restraining themselves. At least I don't...

You can check the privacy implications and the app's permission of your installed apps at this link:

https://reports.exodus-privacy.eu.org/reports/apps/

There are some good apps, while other are not so much. For example, 1password does not include any tracker.

On the other hand Firefox (https://reports.exodus-privacy.eu.org/reports/177/) and Ghostery (https://reports.exodus-privacy.eu.org/reports/178/) browsers for Android include tracking software; the Opera Mini (https://reports.exodus-privacy.eu.org/reports/354/) has even more trackers. Both Ghostery and Firefox browsers are gone from my iPhone.

Some of the in app tracking is extensive, so, be careful with the apps on your smartphones.