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25 Security Tools For Protecting Your Apps & Websites 2017

25 Security Tools for Protecting Your Apps & Websites 2017

Security is an ever emerging topic, with numerous high profile breaches happening every day, there’s a big reason why new startups are focused on security related issues, and why so many developers are being cautioned about global network security. The FBI, the CIA, and the country wars themselves are testaments to the scale of hacking happening in the world, but it’s not just the big networks that need protection, it’s also your applications and websites that need to be secured, and protected against any unauthorised access. Due to the fact that the web is so huge, and so many technologies are involved at any given time, it is hard to keep track of everything that is happening within your app, to your app, and not to mention your serves. You need help, and we are here to give it!

Actually, it’s these amazing startups that are here to help you out with yours security concerns. The number of platforms that have risen from the ground up in recent years is staggering, but also flattering, because at one point during the web’s upbringing, security was a scarce topic, and nobody really bothered about it. Websites, communities, and software was easily being hacked into, and users data was being carried to the dark market, and sold for pretty pennies to the right buyers. It doesn’t meant that this isn’t happening in the world right, it probably is more than ever, but with greater secrecy. What matters to you as a developer or an engineer, is the overall state of security that you provide to your users during any of the development process phases of your software, apps, and websites.

Your job is to ensure that there are certain layers of security provided for your users, so that in the unlikely event of a security breach, at least the data is hardened and protected to the best ability of modern software. Not to mention, having the tools to check your logs and other system related events against attacks can also unveil some unsettling information, but the sooner you get ahead of the hackers, the more pleasant your experience will be as someone who develops for the digital world. We got your back with these amazing startups that have invested their creative power to create tools and applications that will keep your digital projects sound and secure.

VAddy

VAddy

The process of developing an application itself is so demanding from developers, and vulnerabilities can easily be overlooked, without the clear intention to do it. Even websites like Google, Instagram, and Facebook are struggling with vulnerabilities on daily basis, and to think that this would be easily avoidable isn’t possible to justify. Vulnerabilities exist, sometimes in such subtle ways that we won’t notice until someone points it out to us, and that’s sort of what the VAddy platform tries to do, these security experts are building a product that will work with through your codebase and analyze it for any possible vulnerabilities, before you push out your new features out in the production environment. VAddy will automatically scan any new updates that you’re adding to your code, and give you a fair warning if there’s a possible vulnerability hiding anywhere. No longer you will have to scan your code manually. But the platform goes beyond the basics as well, the codebase can be visualized through statistics of how many vulnerabilities have there been altogether, and you can even pinpoint which developers have caused the most bad code adds to the app itself. Not to shame anyone, but info like this is so helpful in understanding how your team works together, and what are the strongest and weakest points.

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Let’s Encrypt

Let’s Encrypt

HTTPS and SSL are now frequently talked about topics, and highly emphasized even by the most revered companies like Google, not only are secure websites rewarded with better indexing rankings and better search result rankings on Google, the customers of your platforms are also going to be thankful to you for being cautious about security, and putting in the right measures to keep data safe and secure. Let’s Encrypt project was born out of the necessity to protect the global web with secure SSL connections, and there couldn’t be a better way to do this than by offering free SSL certifications to anyone who needs them. Mozilla, Facebook, and Shopify are amongst the leading sponsors for this project, and you can rest peacefully knowing that your sites will be protected with the most hardened layers of security. Let’s Encrypt is free forever, and it is also automated — meaning that you can install it once and pretty much forget about it, any future security releases will be automatically adjusted to keep your site safe no matter what the circumstances are. After such large scale attacks on the web in recent few years, it’s essential that developers and website owners take the appropriate measures to keep their websites safe and secure for everyone.

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StartSSL

StartSSL

StartSSL is for those who want an extra layer of SSL security for themselves, their clients, but also the eCommerce websites they manage. StartSSL’s certificates for eCommerce businesses have really grown in popularity, and display the potential of security layers that one can achieve through the use of premium platforms. StartSSL stands out because they provide much more than just SSL protection — the different packages offer different ways of authentication protection, automatic vulnerability detection and email security.

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SocialAll

SocialAll

With the rapid growth of web and the social web, learning to protect social media data is essential. SocialAll is a social media platform built with developers in mind. With SocialAll you can combine the most popular social media networks into a single API that will let you manage any social related tasks within your apps through a secured API, and you won’t have to worry about going through the hassle of building your own API layers for each network individually. While the vision might sound outstanding, the platform does in fact provide all the features of an API that you would expect from each of the networks that you want to use, but with the addition of security layers on top of it. Want to add a secure way for your users to login to your app using social media? Now you can, and not only will that improve your signup rates for your app, you will have added a secure way for your users to use your application. Moving onwards with the features, SocialAll adds a social publishing feature that lets you post a single message to all of you favorite social media networks within a single form submission. Many have tried to work with such complex features in the past, but rarely anyone succeeds to do it at such grand scale.

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Stormpath

Stormpath

Authentication security is so important because that’s the one place where the exchange of sensitive data happens. Login modules and signup boxes are often the places where hackers tried and capitalize on any vulnerabilities, and if developers aren’t being cautious enough, it can cause a lot of trouble for the company that they’re working for. Stormpath provides developers with an authentication platform but also an API that makes secure authentication a possibility once again. You can store all your data safely on Stormpath and access it through the many variants of an API, all user data can also be previewed within the Stormpath dashboard where you can preview even the most mundane of user details, yet all are still essential for the user to be able to use your app. Social login is also supported, which of course is tightened and hardened for maximum security.

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Qualys SSL Labs

Qualys SSL Labs

The Heartbleed bug tested the patience and the determination of the public developer community that uses OpenSSL in their security layers, it was one of the most high profile vulnerabilities in the recent decade, leaving millions of websites and serves open to serious attacks that could have (and most likely did) caused billions if not trillions of dollars in damages for those own businesses and any other paid ventures on the web. The SSL Server Test is a wonderful compliment to the many SSL services that we already talked about (and a few more still to come), with the SSL Server Test you can quickly assess what kind of vulnerabilities exist on your website in relation to SSL and what are the required steps for you to take in order to secure the layer more strongly. All analysis are graded with an output of information on how to solve any possible vulnerabilities that exist in the SSL layer of your website.

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Qualys

Qualys

OWASP is a household name when the talks comes to security. The OWASP project has helped to protect millions of websites and has helped millions of developers and webmasters to learn about concise security practices and tactics that need to be put in place when talking digital security. The Qualys audit tool will analyze your web applications through the OWASP’s recommended security checklist and give you concise insight in the level of security that your web apps are running, and explain in thorough detail how you can fix any potential vulnerabilities. It doesn’t hurt to run your project through this scanner once in awhile to make sure that you’re remaining on top of all the modern breaches, many of which extend on daily basis.

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OTX IP Reputation Monitor

OTX IP Reputation Monitor

The Open Threat Exchange project helps to identify any IP addresses that could be labeled as harmful, or otherwise a security risk. The AlienVault’s platform helps to identify your IP addresses against the OTX list and will quickly inform you if you have managed to get on this list. This is important because if your IP does end up on the OTX list, you will at least know that this is a signal of a security concern, and it’s possible that your IPs might have been compromised by real security threats. It’s fairly straightforward to get started, and many hosting companies are already using this platform to monitor the security of their own IP ranges so that no criminal activity is concluded within the network, but if there is — you’ll always be able to monitor it as soon as it happens. Who knows how many of your IP addresses have already been compromised, why not give your network a quick scan and see for yourself?

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Tinfoil

Tinfoil

Tinfoil is the modern security vulnerability scanner that works seamlessly after you enter your website URL in the scanner. Tinfoil then automatically assess the state of your website by executing several common vulnerability techniques against your website and giving you back a report on those vulnerabilities that returned back a positive factor. Here’s the part where OWASP comes in again, Tinfoil utilizes the OWASP security standard to check for the most popular ways that a hacker could hack your website, but it doesn’t stop there — once the OWASP checklist has been cleared, Tinfoil uses its own database of vulnerabilities to scan and analyze any potential high risks. The reports are easy to follow and also provide detailed data analysis reports that you can present to your team members, or those who are in charge of the security aspects of your website / application.

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OneLogin

OneLogin

Enterprise businesses are at higher risk that anyone else. Enterprise means that there’s a lot of data moving through the cloud and the server infrastructure, and it’s easier for hackers to target big enterprises and collect all their data at once, than it is to target small targets and work through small amounts of data to get the result they want. OneLogin is a secure identity management platform that you can configure to create secure passwords for any of the platforms that you’re accustomed to using on the web. OneLogin verifies your identity and gives you a single-time login passphrase that you can use to access the apps and websites that are essential to your own business. OneLogin’s catalog of more than 4,000 pre-integrated applications makes it easy to enable single sign-on and user provisioning for your enterprise applications. OneLogin proactively maintains the integrations and adds new ones on a daily basis.

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Report URI

Report URI

Report-URI focuses around the security of external and third-party resources that are being added to the workflow of your apps and websites. The CSP protection enables you to create a list of external sources that would be approved by you to be loaded externally, whereas any resources that aren’t on that list would be declined. This helps to prevent common attacks such as XSS — cross-site scripting. The HPKP module in turn protects your apps from any resources that have breached certificates or are known to have breached certificates. These are two deep layers of security that you can add to your apps, and are worth experimenting with to gain better understanding of how they could help to keep your apps secure and healthy.

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GlobalSign

GlobalSign

As crazy as it sounds, open-source projects are what make the web exist. We don’t have to pay anyone any money to allow us to browse websites that use the Apache web server, neither do we have to pay Google for allowing us to use Chrome — these are examples of how open-source rules the web, and how it has managed to make the web so accessible for everyone. GlobalSign wants to reward open-source project owners with a free SSL certificate, if you can prove that your project is indeed open-source, and providing value back to the community. You will need to acquire a license from the Open Source Initiative, but in return you get a certificate from GlobalSign — a well established SSL provider that values security on a very deep core level. GlobalSign is the leading provider of trusted identity and security solutions enabling businesses, large enterprises, cloud service providers and IoT innovators around the world to secure online communications, manage millions of verified digital identities and automate authentication and encryption.

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WoSign

WoSign

Want a free digital protection certification from a reputable provider such as WoSign? Sure.. just type in your domain and you can get started right away. This is another Internet of Things initiative where companies want to give back to the global web, and want to work in tandem to protect the global web for unauthorized attacks. On top of the free SSL certification, WoSign will happily issue free email certificate too, because email is the most used means of communication on the web, and the amount of sensitive data that passes through email channels is unaccountable for. Great to see that such premium companies are taking the first step to help make the web a much more secure place to hang out at.

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Auth0

Auth0

Auth0 also specializes in identity protection for developers. You can save yourself a ton of time by hooking your apps in the Auth0 cloud to ensure that any login management is always going to be secure. Start by creating your app and connecting it to Auth0, then choose the platforms that you want to enable secure identification for, add a couple of users, setup the identity rules and create a custom login page that will be protected with the extensive layers of security that Auth0 provides you with.

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Clef

Clef

It’s crazy when you think about the amount of lives that people store online. From photos, to messages, to bank details and login credentials. We’re so deeply connected to the web in the modern times that it pays to invest in tightened layers of security to ensure customers peace of mind. Passwords is the most common way used to protect our data, but how reliable are passwords really when every other day a new high profile breach has happened? And what if we are finding our own credentials within those leaked databases? That raises concerns for everything else that we do online, and unless we act fast we risk at putting our data in jeopardy. That’s where Clef rolls in with its two-factor authentication algorithm to ensure that you’re always logging in to applications with security behind your back. Hundreds of thousands of websites are using Clef to provide two-factor authentication to their customers, something that many more millions will need to embrace to fully scale the web with secure foundations.

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RingCaptcha

RingCaptcha

RingCaptcha takes two-factor authentication a little further, if your data security is important to you and you wish to give users a real way of protecting themselves, why not employ this method of an verification that involves the user receiving a message on their phone with an activation code that could only be verified by the person who owns the phone. This kind of security methods are becoming increasingly popular because of how personalized they are to the user.

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Duo Security

Duo Security

Duo is amongst the most revered security companies, thanks to their dedication to the craft and the utilization of their available resources to create more personal security layers, though their main product is the two-factor authentication that can protect apps, and websites alike. The API that Duo provides to developers makes the process of integrating two-step authentication within your apps and software a breeze, a truly revolutionary way of giving users the security protection that they so desperately seek. Duo utilizes the mobile smartphone that you’re always carrying with you to ensure that any app that’s protected with Duo will double check with you through personalized security checks that come directly to your smartphone. Duo follows an agile development cycle, releasing updates in hours and days compared to several months and quarters, typical of other two-factor vendors.

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Crypteron

Crypteron

Crypteron is as useful for developers as it is for agencies and enterprise-level companies. Crypteron works closely with developers to provide concise security protection for applications that you build in the cloud accessible to everyone. With a range of different products, you can start securing your databases and direct application calls.

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Acunetix

Acunetix

Acunetix has existed for as long as one can remember, back in year 2005 — this was the most widely used security scanning application by both developers, but also script kiddies who wanted to explore common website vulnerabilities and exploit them. As it was back then, Acunetix didn’t actually provide a very concise overview of how vulnerabilities worked, and it was rare to find big scale exploits within a website, whereas today — Acunetix has a database of more than 35k vulnerabilities that it can check your website against, and better be prepared to learn about some really nasty stuff that hackers could do to your website. The sooner you learn about the open holes in your websites and apps, the sooner you can start the work of protecting them, and securing them. Acunetix seems to also have transitioned to a web oriented dashboard, back then you had to download the full scanning suite and scan for hours at a time. Now it’s possible to do it all on the web. The price can seem a little scary, but if protection is what you seek — the investment will quickly pay itself back through customer satisfaction and trust signals.

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Erik’s Pony Checkup

Pony Checkup

Django’s the most popular web development framework for Python. Thousands of developers use Django in their daily workflow, but how many developers actually bother to check their code against common vulnerabilities? That’s what the Erik’s Pony Checkup has been built for, to allow Django developers and users to quickly assess their website for any potential serious security risks.

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Foxpass

Foxpass

The real trouble causing factor that existed in early days was the fact that users of software were given single-handed administration permission to the whole of the software, this meant that anyone who could comprise a single admin account could access everything on the platform. Now things are getting more intelligent, and companies like Foxpass exist to ensure that your enterprise software accounts are given and allocated only the permissions that they require for their job. It’s a smooth technique for ensuring that there’s only one main admin account on the network, and everyone else gets access to the tools that they need, but only that. Foxpass will closely monitor and record any access that users makes to the system, and in the case of a breach it will be fairly easy to pinpoint where the attacks are coming from. This will enable to disallow any further access to the system for that particular user too, so in many ways this is a universal platform that enterprises can apply to their systems and networks.

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Metadefender Endpoint Management

Metadefender

Metadefender Endpoint Management utilizes OESIS framework to harden the security of your endpoint devices. The system/framework will check against common encryption checks, password protection layers, the security layers of the operating system that you are working with, and many other anti-hacker factors that could come in at play.

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BitNinja

BitNinja

Opting for a security tool that offers single way methods for protecting your data are no longer reliable. Developers are looking for full spectrum solutions such as BitNinja that can put together several protection methods and consistently work through them to deliver a security protection at a level never seen before. BitNinja provides common honeypot protection, it enables botnet protection to keep away those nasty DDOS attacks and brute force attacks towards your submission forms, web application security is still in early stages, but some report that it has a good future ahead of it. Logs are recorded to give all BitNinja users an insight in how the platform is securing their apps and websites. Particularly popular with cloud providers, and web hosting providers.

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LoginTC

LoginTC

LoginTC will ask you directly whether the user that is trying to access your account is really you. It will provide details of the login attempt and simply ask you to either allow or deny the connection to the app. A wonderful security layer that should be embraced by more companies.

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Alex Ivanovs

Alex is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience in design, development, and small business. His work has been featured in publications like Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, TheNextWeb, and others. You can find his personal writing at The Divine Indigo.

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