Se­cur­ing the cy­ber perime­ter

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Ac­cord­ing to the 2014 Global Eco­nomic Crime Sur­vey by Price­wa­ter­house­Coop­ers, 69 per cent of South African re­spon­dents re­ported hav­ing been a vic­tim of cy­ber­crime over the pre­ced­ing 24 months. Phish­ing, smish­ing, iden­tity theft, credit card fraud, and click­bait are per­va­sive and pose a se­ri­ous threat to any and all users of dig­i­tal de­vices. Here are five apps to se­cure your de­vices, your in­for­ma­tion, your fi­nances, and your fam­ily from cy­ber­crime as well as the con­tin­u­ous threat of con­tact crimes.

1. 1Pass­word Cost: Free Plat­form: iOS, An­droid Ev­ery­thing you do online these days re­quires a pass­word, and not just any pass­word but a se­cure pass­word that doesn’t get re­cy­cled and in­cludes letters, num­bers and/or sym­bols. A re­cent sur­vey by se­cu­rity firm Kasper­sky Lab and B2B In­ter­na­tional found that 20 per cent of South Africans see no value in their pass­words and are lazy about not re­cy­cling them. This puts users at greater risk be­cause once one ac­count is bro­ken into – all in­for­ma­tion se­cured un­der that same pass­word is at risk. 1Pass­word gen­er­ates strong, unique pass­words for all of your ac­counts and logs you in at the tap of a fin­ger. The app of­fers users quick, con­ve­nient ac­cess to all of your se­cure in­for­ma­tion which can be or­gan­ised in-app. The app also en­crypts all data with your master pass­word that you can use to ac­cess your ac­counts even if your de­vice is lost or stolen.

2. Ma­maBear Fam­ily Safety Cost: Plat­form: The safety of your loved ones is of chief im­por­tance, and you want to keep them safe with­out smoth­er­ing them. The Ma­maBear app en­cour­ages larger bound­aries for your kids while still giv­ing you the peace of mind that comes from know­ing more about their phys­i­cal and vir­tual ac­tiv­ity. Kids can send emer­gency no­ti­fi­ca­tions or pick-me-up re­quests, and par­ents can mon­i­tor fil­tered in­for­ma­tion about their kids’ so­cial media ac­tiv­ity in­clud­ing new friends and the use of cer­tain words on a per­son­ally cus­tomised list. Par­ents can even mon­i­tor their teenagers driv­ing speeds with a pre- set speed limit.

3. Kids Media Cost: Free Plat­form: iOS, An­droid, Kin­dle There is so much un­de­sir­able media online that any­one who can read and write, or even just tap their lit­tle fin­ger at, can ac­cess. The AAP en­cour­ages par­ents to make use of es­tab­lished rat­ing sys­tems for any en­ter­tain­ment media to avoid in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­tent like vi­o­lence, ex­plicit sex­ual con­tent or glo­ri­fied use of to­bacco and al­co­hol. The Kids Media app is a prod­uct of Com­mon Sense Media and al­lows dis­cern­ing par­ents to make smart media choices through a large li­brary of trusted, in­de­pen­dent age-based and ed­u­ca­tional rat­ings and re­views of movies, games, TV shows, web­sites, mu­sic, and books. The app al­lows you to make pro­files to per­son­alise your searches for ap­pro­pri­ate con­tent, and the de­tailed re­views also pro­vide crit­i­cal in­for­ma­tion on the type of role mod­els por­trayed.

4. Find my iPhone Cost: Plat­form: You’ve lost your phone, or worse, it’s been stolen. Don’t panic. The Find My iPhone app will help you lo­cate your miss­ing iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. Lost mode even al­lows you to play de­tec­tive by pro­vid­ing ge­o­graphic de­tails of where your phone has been since you’ve had it in your pos­ses­sion. You can re­motely erase your en­tire de­vice to keep your per­sonal in­for­ma­tion safe as well as dis­play a cus­tom mes­sage, pos­si­bly in­clud­ing con­tact de­tails, with in­struc­tions for re­turn­ing your de­vice. That way, if you’ve just lost your iPhone/iPad/iPod/Mac, who­ever finds it can call you from the locked screen with­out hav­ing (or be­ing able) to ac­cess in­for­ma­tion on your de­vice. *A sim­i­lar app, called Find My An­droid Phone, is avail­able on An­droid de­vices.

5. Spoiler Shield Cost: Plat­form: There’s one other thing we need vir­tual pro­tec­tion from: spoil­ers. This app fil­ters your so­cial media feeds so that you don’t have to worry about see­ing the re­sults of the rugby match you missed the day be­fore or de­tails about the sit­com that you’ve got wait­ing for you on PVR when you get home.

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