Have you ever imagined the situation where you suddenly your antivirus is not working and you need some help to scan and remove some threat?
Have you ever imagined as well when you are using a public computer but suddenly in need of some security tools which are only available in your computer?
Have you imagine the time where you need a second opinion about an infection?
Have you …. alright, enough! I had been through all the situation mentioned above and because of that, I find that certain online security tools are pretty useful. The best thing is, it is free and I know everyone loves free stuff.
So, here you go:
The 5 Free Online Security Tools that Everyone MUST Know
1. Online Virus Scanner
Whenever you run into deep trouble where you can’t use your local antivirus, it is time to look for an alternative. This is because certain virus is capable of disabling your antivirus and your the only way out, is to find it using other antivirus. I had written about the 16 virus scanner online which you can find a list of online scanner to help you go through your tough time.
2. Virus Total
Whenever I encountered a Malicious file detected by my antivirus, Virus Total is always my second opinion. This is because sometimes, your antivirus might just made a False Positive call. As a result, you might have a non-malicious file removed. That is why I have Virus Total as my second opinion. It not only helps me to scan my file, but I also use it to scan for certain incoming URL, URL such as the one that suddenly come in from nowhere but I am interested to click and have a look. If you have a better alternative, do let me know but only let me know if your alternative has more than 30 antivirus engine behind because Virus Total uses 30 over antivirus engine to do a scan.
Online scammers steal people’s username and password everyday. They do it through email phishing, phone phishing, keylogging or even through social network. If you have the time, try to spend around 10 seconds to just put your email or username into Pwnedlist to get a check. Don’t worry about sending your username there because username is not something really confidential, it is sent via SSL and it does not keep a record of your username. Although they are not some Oxford/Webster Dictionary for English Language, but up to now, they have like 12 millions of compromised accounts stored.
4. Qualys Browser Check
When was the last time you every checked whether your browser is vulnerable to certain exploit? I am sure many of us don’t even know. However, you have this tool called Qualys Browser Check where this is an online tool which scans for all your web browser plugins including your web browser version. This is to ensure that the plugins and web browser that you are using is the latest one. Using an out-dated software/plugin can result in certain vulnerabilities.
5. Password Calculator
I include the password calculator instead of password generator is simply because if you have a password manager, you will usually have password generator and you basically don’t have password issue. But, if you are not generating any password, you might be vulnerable to weak password attack. How can you tell that your password is strong enough? Long characters? Unique? Strong combination? Why not, let the tool tell you your password strength. I here recommends the Password Meter.