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In this section I list out tools that I do prefer to use and that I really do recommend. While many of these tools are free, some of them are not. There are many reasons for this. For example, I will list out the use of Tenable Nessus. I do understand that it is not a free tool, and that there is a tool called OpenVAS that is an open source derivative of the Nessus scanner. There is a fairly good reason for which I do not use the OpenVAS alternative when it comes to the day to scan vulnerability scanning. The OpenVAS scanner is:

  1. Currently not as fast as Nessus, and the scans take 4-10 times longer to finish.
  2. The OpenVAS community is not as active and the number of vulnerabilities that it can detect is far fewer than Nessus.

Without further ado, I present the Tools I Use List of 2019:

Personal Security and Credit Monitoring

I always always always recommend locking your credit report.

WordPress Plugins for Security

There is no real way to help you with WordPress. The platform itself has several items in it that make it a riskier proposition. That risk must be weighed against the usefulness of the platform. Here are some WordPress Plugins that a minimum should be considered.

Sucuri Scanner I really love using this plugin. This is one of those ‘must haves’. If you have wordpress consider this plugin.

 

Privacy and Security

Credit Freeze is one of the best ways to prevent damage to your credit through Identity Theft. This will not protect you from being a victim in other ways, such as with the IRS. But I think for most of us this is a very simple and cost-effective way to protect our credit and is one of many things we probably should do. Here are the links to help you do that:

Equifax Credit Freeze Experian Credit Freeze Transunion Credit Freeze

Password Security and Password Managers

Password managers in today’s world are essential. The idea here is that you should be able to keep a vault that is portable across all of your devices that holds all the passwords to all your websites. In addition should be able to have a unique password per website. DashLane is one such manager that helps you do that, but it’s not the only one, there are several out there like LastPass and 1Password, but I personally use DashLane, I really like it.

Two Factor Authentication is absolute must today on the web. Thankfully we have tools that are freely available like Google Authenticator. Although authentication can be used for Two Factor authentication on your Google Accounts, like Gmail, it can be used on other sites as well. For example there is a Google Authenticator WordPress Plugin that you can use. It’s simple it’s really free, and so why not.

Developers: OWASP Cheat Sheet on passwords, it’s free, it’s meant for developers, and it’s constantly being updated.

 

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