5 Unforgettable Cybersecurity Stocking Stuffers You Don’t Want to Miss
In case you waited until the very last minute to finish (or start!) your holiday shopping, I wanted to share some gift ideas that will keep your friends and family cyber secure while they use their favorite computing devices.
Digital Certificate $0.00
If there’s a special someone on your list who values a secure and private email communication, there is nothing better than a free secure email certificate. Perfect for the kids or grandkids or even your co-worker in the cubicle next door! You can never be too secure.
Month of Pluralsight: $29.99
Want to give a gift that will last a lifetime? Give the gift of knowledge! Pluralsight is one of the best technological learning platforms I have ever used and I don’t say that lightly. Produced by world-leading experts, their featured courses have helped thousands become informed and more well-rounded. They even have an app that streams to your iPhone or AppleTV. I’ve actually stopped watching regular television, because it doesn’t hold my attention like it once did. Instead, I just stream Pluralsight information & cyber security content to my home entertainment system for exclusive viewing. It’s that easy and definitely that exciting.
Encrypted USB: $44.99
Have you ever noticed how great it feels when you use an encrypted USB? Why, you ask? Because in the back of your mind, you know if that little device is ever lost or stolen, no one can access your data because it is secured by AES encryption (cryptography even the strongest technological minds cannot crack). Created by Kingston, this gift will give your friends and family the same peace-of-mind.
YubiKey Nano: $50.00
If you know someone who really wants to protect their Gmail or any other online accounts containing personal information with more than just a password, the YubiKey Nano can do the job right. This small device plugs directly into your computer’s USB and is so compact it can remain there without cluttering your workstation. I really like it because you can add hardware-based security (which is so hard to crack, hackers won’t even try) instantly. Not only that, it’s compatible with PIV!
Norton Core: $229.99
Okay, so I know this is not “technically” a stocking stuffer, but this product is way too good to pass up. It may be a bit pricey, but I’m finally preparing to head home for the holidays and thought I’d splurge a little, because it’s the perfect gift for my family. Unlike traditional wireless routers, this device makes it extremely easy to secure your entire family’s network without knowing anything about IT, because it’s designed by the experts who do. This interesting-looking router features everything possible to keep hackers at bay, including firewalls, IDS, and IPS. As an added bonus, it also has built-in content blocking at the network layer, so other users cannot accidentally override your computer security settings.
Time is running out as the holidays are just around the corner, but I hope this list helped you find the perfect gift for someone special in your life—or at least got you out of a pickle. As you share love and good times with family and friends, be sure to always stay safe, online and offline.
Happy Holidays, Greg