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Tools for the paranoid: 5 free security tools to protect your data

At a Glance

This free, open-source encryption program lets you place files and folders in "safes" of any size.

Pros

  • Volume and disk level encryption, many algorithms, speedy

Cons

  • Occasionally over-technical
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KeePass is absolutely essential for keeping your passwords secure and unique.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Free and open-source
  • Simple to use

Cons

  • Requires active use (not automatic)
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At a Glance

Though it's not as fast as regular browsers, the Tor Browser Bundle offers an excellent way to browse anonymously.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Lets you browse the Web anonymously
  • Free and open-source

Cons

  • Not very fast

At a Glance

For most people, steganography is overkill. If you do need it, though, OpenPuff is the way to go.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Free
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Interface takes getting used to
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At a Glance

Cryptocat is a simple, friendly way to chat somewhat more securely.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Free
  • Simple
  • Elegant

Cons

  • Not yet thoroughly field-tested and audited

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