Our electronic devices have become a serious part of our lives but that also means they pose a security risk to our privacy. Should your phone or laptop be stolen, or even if you download an app that is secretly analyzing your browsing history or what not, your private data and information could be at serious risk. But what can you do about it? Simple. Download one of these apps for your phone or computer today!
LOOKOUT (ANDROID AND IOS)
Theft protection, antivirus, and location services oh my! Lookout combines all these services into one app for your convenience. All you have to do is connect your device to an online account, which can be done here. If your phone is stolen, you’ll be able to locate it on a map. Now that you’ve found your wayward device, you have three options: “Scream,” “Lock,” or “Wipe.” The app is free to download and offers malware and antivirus protection, prevents other apps from sharing your information, and will even take a picture of the thief who has your phone!
CLUEFUL (ANDROID AND IOS)
Clueful is a free app that tracks and alerts you to how other apps are using your personal information. This app can let you know if an app is leaking your phone number, email address, and contacts to third party networks. Other features include: preventing apps from playing audio ads while you’re on the phone, preventing apps from sending your password unencrypted over the internet, analyzing your browsing history, or tracking your location. Also, by utilizing Clueful’s Search feature, you can find out whether an app is harmful before installing it! Proactive, much?
Need to safely remove sensitive data from your computer? Have no fear, R-Wipe & Clean is here! This app promises to remove your commonly exploited data, which includes temporary files, Internet Explorer cache, recently used document lists, and even the Windows Pagefile. Why is it important to keep on top of cleaning your data? By deleting all the data you don’t need, you prevent third party sites from compromising your privacy. It goes beyond just cleaning though and can also recognize dozens of different data types, letting you choose which type of file you’d want to save. It costs $28.99 but you can download a 15-day free trial to try it out now.
IOS users can feel free to cry since this awesome app is only available for Android. Cerberus can be downloaded here and can track your phone’s location in real time. You can even remotely tell your phone to take pictures and videos, allowing you to capture the thief’s face. Sounds just like Lookout? Not quite. Cerberus can remotely PIN lock your phone, even if you don’t have a code already set up. You can even have it so that should anyone try to use their own SIM card, Cerberus will automatically lock down your phone. Paranoid about your “special” selfies? This app can remotely wipe your internal and micro SD memory. This app goes one step further to even offer invisibility so that it can be hidden from the menu and any thief’s prying eyes. It costs only $4.00 for up to 5 devices on one license.
WICKR (IOS and PC)
Never worry about your private chat messages falling into the wrong hands ever again. Wickr is an app for those iPhone users out there. This app allows you to send and receive encrypted messages, pictures, videos, audio files, and documents. You can even give you messages and files an expiration date that automatically deletes the data. This app also allows you to retain ownership of the data you send and prevent tracking and monitoring of conversations. Finally, it can completely and thoroughly clean your device of deleted files and is completely ad-free. It’s not all serious stuff though, this app also has a fun built-in photo editor that allows you to add mustaches, top hats, graffiti, explosions, and cat masks to your photos. The app works by ensuring your “ID and device info are cryptographically hashed with multiple rounds of salted hashing using SHA256.” All this and it is completely free to download too!
Your data and privacy don’t have to be at risk. Just by being proactive and downloading an app to protect your electronics can be the thing that keeps your data safe. Better safe than sorry, right?