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A User's Guide to Protecting Your Privacy


Six simple tools that will safeguard your gear and identity from digital intruders.

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PROTECT YOUR: Phone
SERVICE: Lookout Mobile Security
HOW IT WORKS: The app scans for malware and viruses and will track a stolen phone. Subscribers can remotely lock it and purge contacts.
COST: Free app and basic service; $30/year for a subscription; mylookout.com

PROTECT YOUR: Home
SERVICE: Dropcam
HOW IT WORKS: A camera sends a live, encrypted feed from your living room to a PC or smartphone from which you can zoom, pan, and turn on night vision.
COST: $279 for camera and $9/month for premium service; dropcam.com

PROTECT YOUR: Laptop
SERVICE: Prey
HOW IT WORKS: It tracks your stolen computer, password-protects it, and erases all your stored passwords. It'll also snap the perp's picture, grab screenshots of his digital doings, and sound an alarm.
COST: Free account; preyproject.com

PROTECT YOUR: Car
SERVICE: Viper SmartStart GPS
HOW IT WORKS: Your car's GPS module links to the phone's SmartStart app, letting you know if the car moves without you, monitoring its location, and controlling the locks, engine, and alarm.
COST: $399 for GPS and $70/year for service; viper.com

PROTECT YOUR: Web searches
SERVICE: Cocoon
HOW IT WORKS: It routes your browsing activity through its server and stores your encrypted cookies. Plus, it creates a temporary e-mail address when you need one to log into a site.
COST: Free; getcocoon.com

PROTECT YOUR: Passwords
SERVICE: LastPass
FEATURES: It generates impossible-to-guess codes for your online accounts (e-mail, social networks, banking) and saves them on its server. Then when you sign into LastPass, it automatically fills in all your stored passwords.
COST: Free; $1/month for phone access; lastpass.com

—Josh Dzieza

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