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Steganos puts seven digital tips for clever use of smartphones and other electronic devices in your suitcase

Summer, sun, holiday time: While the best and most relaxed time of the year begins for vacationers, the main season starts for cyber criminals: Besides Internet fraud and theft of mobile devices, WiFi espionage and data theft are also at the top of the dangerous to-do list.

To prevent things from going that far, we are putting seven tips for the correct use of smartphones, tablets and laptops in your suitcase.

Before your holiday

All sensitive data should be backed up to an external medium or cloud service prior to travel. Backups of all packed devices before your vacation are a definite must-do.Our Steganos Safe 19 supports data encryption in Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive and MagentaCLOUD, but also offers portable safes for USB sticks, CDs, DVDs or Blu-ray Discs. If the hardware is lost on vacation, at least the data is not lost and can be restored later. Thanks to the latest 384-bit AES-XEX encryption with AES-NI hardware acceleration, potential offenders cannot get access to your data. https://www.steganos.com/en/steganos-safe-19

No rash postings in social media: By announcing your vacation, you provide potential thieves with all the information they need to prepare. Facebook and Co. often serve as an index of potential targets for criminals. The same applies to postings directly from the vacation location. These should only be released to your closest friends or simply published later.

Update your software and security solutions. This prevents known vulnerabilities from being exploited. Users should generally not deactivate the automatic program and operating system updates in order to keep the devices always up to date.

During your holiday

Never leave your mobile device unattended. Just a few minutes are enough to pull login credentials and similar important information from your device.

Use free hotel WLAN and public hotspots, for example on the beach or in a café, only with trustworthy VPN software. With mySteganos Online Shield VPN you can establish a secure, protected and anonymous connection with your mobile device while surfing the Internet. Hackers have no chance to access your passwords, emails, photos, payment or bank data. https://www.steganos.com/en/mysteganos-online-shield-vpn

Have secure access to your PINs and passwords while on the move. With the free apps for iOS and Android of our Steganos Password Manager 19 in your luggage you can access them easily and securely including automatic login with the in-app browser. https://www.steganos.com/en/steganos-password-manager-19

After your holiday

Before connecting to your home network, scan all devices you carried with you for a detailed antivirus scan. Modern security solutions quickly detect possible malware.

To transfer your existing license into the new mySteganos Online Shield, you just need to download the new Online Shield application and create a mySteganos account. On Windows PCs your old license will be transferred automatically. Just follow these steps:

  1. Please download and install mySteganos Online Shield on the PC that you are currently using your existing Online Shield license on.
  1. After the installation the new mySteganos Online Shield will open automatically. To transfer your license, please click on the menu button in the upper left of the application window and select “Manage license…”
  2. Now you can either create a new account or log into an existing one.
    If you need to create a new account, please click on the button “Create account” and go to step 4.
    If you already have an account, please log in and go to step 6.
  1. Enter your email address and choose a password for your account, then click on “Register”.
  1. Now you need to confirm your email address. For that purpose, we will send you an activation code to your email address. Please enter that code and then click on “Log in”.
  1. Now you have successfully created your account and transferred your existing license into it.
    If you also want to use that license on other devices, just install the mySteganos app on that device and log into your account.
    You can always check your license status directly in mySteganos Online Shield or by logging into the website at https://my.steganos.com
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With mySteganos Online Shield VPN we present you a fully cross-platform VPN solution that now makes macOS devices secure on the Internet as well. The solution enables you to stay protected and surf the Internet anonymously on four operating systems, regardless of where you are. This keeps your passwords, emails, photos and chats protected, not only on Windows PCs, but on Macs too, at home or in the office. At the same time, you can continue to surf securely with your tablet or smartphone in public WIFI hotspots without being observed, thanks to the re-engineered mySteganos Online Shield app for Android and iOS. Nothing is more unpleasant than worrying about other people spying on your private data behind your back when you are travelling, in a café or on the beach. Data thieves and hackers have no chance. What is private remains private, and business data remains secret.

mySteganos Online Shield VPN at a glance:
  • Multi-platform – also for the first time available for macOS
  • New Apps for iOS and Android
  • Protected VPN connection with no possibility of tracking
  • Free from country blocks
  • Modern VPN protocol (IKEv2 or OpenVPN)
  • New account system simplifies management of up to 5 devices on any platform
  • Free trial version for 7 days
mySteganos Online Shield VPN – next-generation VPN
mySteganos Online Shield VPN offers you a completely new generation of VPN solution “made in Germany”. You have your own private, anonymous connection to the Internet, encrypted with 256-bit AES, anywhere, at any time and on any operating system (Windows, macOS, Android and iOS). Newly integrated technologies, globally distributed high-performance servers and modern VPN protocols (OpenVPN and IKEv2) provide total security at high speed in any WIFI, LAN and wireless network. Virtual IP locations can be selected from an even bigger Steganos pool to circumvent country blocks and also reinforce privacy.

Five devices with one licence
A newly integrated account system simplifies multiple device management on a licence for up to five devices. As ever, your user behaviour remains anonymous and cannot be traced.
https://www.steganos.com/en/mysteganos-online-shield-vpn

In spring, people traditionally muck out and clean their homes. This is also worthwhile on computers, so that unnecessary data ballast or software that developers no longer maintain will not become a security risk – the German Federal Office for Information Security advises. It is better to uninstall and delete Programs and files that are no longer needed. The laborious work of maintaining and optimizing your PC can be handled by Steganos Tuning PRO. This software always keeps your computer fresh, fast and clean with the latest technologies. https://www.steganos.com/en/steganos-tuning-pro

In a second step, all operating systems and programs should be kept updated. The passwords are also under close scrutiny. If they are not secure enough, they should be changed. Steganos Password Manager 19 even offers two-factor authentication for your keyring. https://www.steganos.com/en/steganos-password-manager-19

Almost as the crowning glory of digital spring cleaning, you should secure your important data. The best way is to encrypt your most important emails, TAN lists or holiday photos from last year with the push of a button on the PC, in the network or in the cloud - and repeat this regularly - with Steganos Privacy Suite 19. https://www.steganos.com/en/steganos-privacy-suite-19

 
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Having combined the award-winning Steganos Safe and Password Manager security programs with Trace Destructor, Berlin-based software provider Steganos has launched the new Steganos Privacy Suite 19, offering complete protection for documents, images and passwords in a single application. Sensitive data such as business reports, TAN lists and holiday photos can be easily encrypted on the PC, on the network or in the Cloud. Major innovations are two-factor authentication, conversion from hard drive partitions to safes and an enhanced privacy function that blocks ads and trackers even more thoroughly. The Steganos Safe 19 and Steganos Password Manager 19 programs for digital security are also available separately.

Innovations in Steganos Privacy Suite 19 at a glance:
  • Two-factor authentication for safes and keychains (optionally via third-party apps such as Authy or Google Authenticator)
  • Conversion from hard drive partitions to safes
  • Direct access to private favourites via the Password Manager browser plug-in for Chrome and Firefox
  • Backup wizard for Password Manager keychains
  • Enhanced privacy function blocks more ads and trackers
  • Fingerprint authentication for Password Manager Android app
  • Easy password import from Google Chrome

Steganos Privacy Suite 19

Many of the innovations and improvements have been incorporated into Steganos Privacy Suite 19, the complete data protection solution. The software - “made in Germany” - uses a digital safe and password management to offer comprehensive protection for data and private files. The clear menu guidance makes it easy for users to encrypt sensitive data on the home PC, on the network or in the Cloud at the push of a button. Automatic generation, entry and management of passwords and online accounts saves users all the effort, no matter whether they are using a computer, tablet or smartphone. In addition, all browser data and processes can be deleted with a click of the mouse. For Steganos Privacy Suite 19, data protection “made in Germany” means that no traces are left behind on devices and privacy is protected.

More information can be found at: https://www.steganos.com/en/steganos-privacy-suite-19

Steganos Password Manager 19
Passwords need to be secure, distinct, and kept protected. Furthermore, the number of passwords you need to remember is constantly increasing. Self- managing access data for every possible account is therefore no longer an option. With its highly secure encryption, Steganos Password Manager 19 provides the solution, both generating and managing strong passwords. Doing so is easy and secure. With two-factor authentication for keychains, version 19 provides even more security, optionally via third-party apps such as Authy or Google Authenticator as well. Browser plug-ins allow direct access to private favourites. If there is ever a problem with the keychain, the backup wizard provides support. Mobile access to the keychain is possible on iOS and Android devices, of course, and passwords can now be easily imported from Google Chrome.

More information can be found at: https://www.steganos.com/en/steganos-password-manager-19

Steganos Safe 19
With the Steganos Safe 19 digital safe, sensitive data such as documents, business files, images or TAN lists can be securely encrypted with 384 bit AES-XEX encryption and locked away on the PC, on the network and in the Cloud. A complete innovation is the two-factor authentication for safes, which can be optionally used via third-party apps such as Authy or Google Authenticator as well. Also new is the option of converting hard drive partitions into safes. The highly professional security software “made in Germany” offers a clearly-structured user interface that guarantees ease of use. In this way, Steganos guarantees the highest level of reliable protection against data espionage and hacking.

More information can be found at: https://www.steganos.com/en/steganos-safe-19

One program for five devices
The new Steganos Privacy Suite 19 includes a household licence for five simultaneously-used Windows computers, and so is a practical choice for the professional protection needed for the whole family.

Even on the internet there are national borders. Many clips on YouTube are unavailable in Germany. Even public broadcasters such as the European cultural channel Arte do not allow access to their content outside of certain countries with the reference: "This video is not available in your country".

Use a VPN
Bypass regionally blocked content with a VPN (virtual private network) and enjoy exclusive content in Germany, the US and other regions. The virtual private network transfers all network traffic in encrypted form. It is therefore also called a tunnel, which directs the data almost invisibly through the Internet to the point of departure of the VPN. This obscures your own geographic position.

Windows, Android, or iOS – with Steganos Online Shield VPN (https://www.steganos.com/en/steganos-online-shield-vpn) you surf safely und you can bypass domestic content blockages so you can stream videos while on the go. Select the destination country, then connect to it with a simple button and disconnect the connection just as easily.

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