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2020 holiday gift guide: how to keep your friends and family secure

Nov 25, 2019 · 4 min read

2020 holiday gift guide: how to keep your friends and family secure

As online threats become more and more sophisticated and widespread, online security and privacy are starting to look more and more like great gift ideas for 2019! These are thought-provoking privacy and cybersecurity gifts that show that you care. Plus, most of them are quite affordable, making them excellent stocking stuffers.

That's why we've gathered 7 of the best online privacy and security gifts for any internet user.

Webcam cover to avoid spying

Webcam cover to avoid spying

Mark Zuckerberg is obsessed with harvesting your data while staying private, so if he covers his webcam, you should, too. We spend much of our daily lives in front of webcams, so hijacking them makes perfect sense. If your webcam is left unprotected, a criminal can hack into your device, steal your private info, and watch you watching Youtube videos or eating breakfast if they want to. People who stick foil over their camera lenses don't seem so crazy after all.

You can block your webcam with tape in a pinch. However, a sliding cover will look neater and will make it easy to use your webcam when you need it. This is a small but thoughtful gift that will help protect your loved ones from accidentally exposing themselves to the world.

RFID-blocking wallet to keep your cards safe

RFID-blocking wallet to keep your cards safe

That wallet in your pocket probably holds the key to your personal wealth, so you know to keep it safe and handy. Contactless cards are convenient, but RFID attacks and even accidental charges are a real risk. Fortunately, this is one place where you don't need to compromise on your convenience.

A nice new wallet is already a great stocking stuffer. One with RFID-blocking technology will only sweeten the deal for your privacy-conscious friend or relative. These wallets protect RFID-enabled cards from unauthorized chip usage or scans. There are even wallets that will send an alert to your phone if you accidentally leave it somewhere.

NordVPN subscription for private and secure browsing

NordVPN subscription

Nobody likes the idea of being secretly watched, but that’s the digital world we live in – each step you take is closely monitored ISPs, advertisers, governments, or hackers. Your online privacy can be easily invaded, but only if you let it.

Giving the gift of online protection is pretty easy, especially since it comes in the form of a user-friendly VPN service. A VPN will create a virtually hack-proof encrypted tunnel for your online traffic, ensuring that nobody can get their hands on your private data. NordVPN has apps for iOS, Android, macOS, Windows, and Linux, meaning that you and your dearest ones can browse securely at home and on the move at any time on any device.

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Anti-surveillance eyewear

Anti-surveillance eyewear

Not only will they make you look good, they'll also make you (sort of) invisible. Some specialized anti-surveillance glasses simply obscure your eyes, while others emit infrared light to obscure your face and identity from surveillance and facial recognition on CCTV cameras.

Unfortunatley, these spectacles won’t prevent you from being tagged in embarassing party pics (do that yourself by managing your Facebook privacy settings). However, they will prevent you from being automatically tagged and will make you relatively anonymous in pictures and videos shot with camera flash.

Privacy screen cover to prevent visual hacking

Privacy screen cover

How do you feel when someone is snooping over your shoulder? If the idea of a random stranger watching you check your email doesn’t sound creepy enough, think about your private pictures or the banking credentials you type when paying your bills or shopping online.

A sticky screen protector will help shield the information on your screen from prying eyes. It uses a polarized lens to “black out” side views, meaning that if some snoopy stranger tries to take a glance at your screen, they won’t be able to see anything. You'll be the only one with a full view of the action.

An encrypted USB drive to carry sensitive files

Encrypted USB drive

We’ve all been there – losing a USB drive or two. Whether it contains your data backups (you back up regularly, don’t you?) or top-secret business documents, you probably don’t want that information to fall into the wrong hands.

Make it easy for yourself or your security-loving friend to securely store and transport their sensitive data by gifting them a USB flash drive with built-in hardware-based encryption. Encrypted drives come in different capacities, designs, and prices, so you will have no trouble finding the perfect item to put under the Christmas tree.

Passphrase dice to create good passwords

Passphrase dice

You’ve heard it a zillion times – creating strong passwords is a must to keep your private data safe from cyber bad guys. Nevertheless, that's easier said than done, especially when you need to come up with a long, complex, and memorable password for each of your online accounts.

If you know someone who struggles with this task, get them a NordPass subscription or passphrase dice. Rolling a handful of dice and using the EFF word lists will help generate truly random passphrases without scratching your head. Plus, it may turn into a fun game.

P. S. Remember that hackers don’t take the holiday season off. While you will be looking for the coolest gifts, they will be chasing you with scammy banners and fake e-commerce sites. Follow our safe online shopping tips while you shop this holiday season!

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Lewis Lambert Fox
Lewis Lambert Fox successVerified author

Lewis is a content writer at NordVPN and a true explorer when it comes to cybersecurity. He’s always on a mission to examine the tech world through the lens of privacy and share his findings and useful tips with blog readers.

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