Online Security-My Top Three Choices

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secure systemsThe Internet has never been a particularly safe place to keep sensitive data without ensuring a high level of security but with hacks to third party services happening on an almost daily basis to have no security whatsoever is madness. If you store information non family and friends and you have no security then you are a complete liability who should be cast into the fiery pits of hell – but then you have caught me on a highly tolerant day!

Fortunately there are numerous security apps out there ranging from the cheap and almost nasty to the costly but very efficient than run on multiple platforms and devices so you have no excuse. These will store everything from all your web access usernames and passwords through to bank and credit card details. Here are my top three.

LastPass

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LastPass has been my service of choice for many years and with a premium subscription about the same price as one bottle of wine it is installed across multiple devices and browsers.  Compared to the other two services on this list, it does not have the prettiest of interfaces but the background power to secure all your sensitive data is there.

In common with similar packages it remembers the URL of your web pages and when you land if a username and password are required then it populates the necessary fields for you.  If you change the password then it will ask you if you want it to overwrite the previous one so the list is always up to date.

If you don’t want to use the name of your dog or cat as a password – never a good idea – then it will generate passwords for you. LastPass also has a security check feature that will run through your stored passwords to see if you have any duplicates and offer to change them for you.

Try LastPass as my recommended app by clicking here.

1Password

1passwordThe second of my choices does everything that LastPass does but with a more attractive interface with a nifty little lock animation when you log in! 1Password is fully customisable but comes with some basic necessities such as log ins, secure notes, software data and financial data.

It integrates with all browsers for seamless logins and you can download icons for your sites – if that is important to you but don’t be surprised if it misses some out. One nifty function I really like is the ability to drop and drag attachments into a note. So, if you want to keep details of your partners birthday, likes, dislikes etc into 1Password you can simply drag a photograph into it.

There are IoS and Android modules available and you can opt to keep your data on the device or via a vault folder in Dropbox.

1Password isn’t cheap with a single licence that comes in at $49.99 (why not just call it $50?) but Windows and Mac bundles are available as is a 30 day money back guarantee. The mobile apps also have a separate pricing to the desktop module which is a bit cheeky.  Having said that, if I was starting out afresh then 1Password would be a strong contender over LastPass.

Dashlane

dashlaneI have tried to like Dashlane but it just doesn’t gel with me, which tells you more about me than Dashlane because it is a very competent security service. The fact it makes the list shows I recognise its plus points.

As with LastPass and 1Password it is very easy to set up and organise to suit you.

Dashlane runs a freemium payment system and you can use the service for free on one device. If you want to link it to more devices such as smartphone etc then you will have to cough up £40 a year for the privilege. Over time this makes it the most expensive of the three options

It goes without saying that all three services have industrial strength encryption and with them offering pretty much the same options it will be down to personal choice.

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