Yup, it’s that time of year again and you’re wondering what to give to your employees. You could go the food route, or maybe get pens or flash drives or even portable hubs. But why not use the opportunity to show how much you value cybersecurity with one of these tech gift ideas:
USB Data Blockers
These inexpensive blockers are useful whenever data (computer, tablet, phone) “travels,” in a plane, train or to a friend’s house. Believe it or not, public charging stations, such as those at airports, are not secure. Devious people can hack those public charging stations and once they do, they have all your data information forever. Phone numbers, contacts, texts...everything.
USB data blockers prevent that. There are many on the market. Just type in “USB data blockers,” and you will see many products including ones that come in colors. Most cost less than $10 and can be bought in sets. Amazon is a good place to start looking.
USB Port Blocker
This works the same as the data blocker in function. The difference is some use a physical key to lock and block a port on your device and do the same to unlock it. The blockers physically prevent anyone from damaging the port.
Other models that don’t have keys are just as protective for data blocking, but not for the toddler who decides to stick a pencil in one of your ports.
Portable Power Banks
These look a bit like bicycle locks, and can lock a device to a stationary object. Usually they have a four-digit locking code, which the user creates and is resettable. It prevents someone from literally picking up your laptop and walking away with it while you're ordering your coffee. They run under $50.
Password Manager Subscription
Most online password managers offer free versions but have added features with a paid subscription. Some even have family plans (great for getting kids and grandparents into better security habits). Consider a one-year subscription as a gift. Employees can always choose to revert to the free account when it expires.
Hardware Password Manager
These are physical devices (like a key fob or the size of a flash drive) in which you can securely save all your passwords, rather than using a cloud password manager or committing them to memory. Most of them cost about $50. Some have multi-factor authentication. And all of them encrypt your password.
Choose carefully to find one that works with the platform you need and your preference for access with a PIN number or fingerprint.
Pack It All Up
The last of our tech gift ideas is extremely functional for most employees: A backpack that is configured with a USB port and RFID anti-theft protected. Make sure it's also weatherproof and large enough to fit most laptops.
Some of them will also serve as an overnight bag, but for the techie, it will hold everything needed for work on the go including a hardware password manager, a data blocker or two, a port blocker, a cable lock for the laptop and also a change of clothes.