On the internet, you can never be too safe that’s why we need to use Privacy Protecting Apps Right Now. New threats keep coming up all the time, whether attacking your security or trying to mine your data. It only makes sense to do whatever you can to stay secure.
And just as the internet takes, the internet also provides. Developers have made everything from extensions that will stop data-miners to simple apps that monitor how secure you are.
Just to have a good anti-virus protection app in your smartphone doesn’t mean a complete Security.
As Mobile Device Security is comprised of security of different features, such as:
- Data privacy and security features
- Permission restrictions for snoopy apps
- A blacklist for undesired calls
- An excellent backup capability, in case your smartphone gets deteriorated.
- As well as encryption functionality.
Here are 10 of the best that you should use right away.
1. Two Factor Auth (Web): Lock Your Accounts Twice!
Two Factor Auth has every single website that supports or doesn’t support 2FA, and which type of 2FA is available. For example, your secondary token can be hardware or software related, and differ in how you receive it: email, phone call, or SMS.
2. Signal (iOS) (Free)
3. IOT Scanner (Web): Are Your Devices “Open” on the internet?
The “internet of Things” (IoT) promises to change how we live our lives. But it’s also fraught with risk. When you have things like your fridge or your smart TV always connected to the internet, that also leaves them open to hackers. In fact, IoT is a potential security nightmare.
IoT Scanner is a simple tool that figures out which of your devices is open publicly. It checks the IP devices of all the gadgets in your home network, and sees if they are available openly on Shodan. Shodan is a database of publicly-accessible devices on the internet.
After you click the “Check if I am on Shodan” button, it’s a good idea to also do the Deep Scan. That’s the one which you want to know about, and ideally, you’re looking for the green tick at the end of it.
4. TextSecure Private Messenger (Free)
There are vast number of secure messaging apps available in Play Store, but the trouble part is that most of them work only if both the parties use the same application for encryption to work.
5. Deseat.me (Web): Scan Gmail, Find Everything You Signed Up For
6. Wickr (Android, iOS)
7. Privacy Badger 2.0 (Chrome, Firefox): The EFF’s Privacy Protecting Extension
Privacy Badger is made by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit independent group protecting consumers on the internet. We’ve reviewed Privacy Badger earlier, but the new version deserves to be mentioned again. In v2.0, Privacy Badger works faster than before and adds more protection. Specifically, it tackles the problem of websites and malware trying to find your IP address, which can lead to more harm later.
8. LastPass Password Manager Premium (Free)
Unless you are a human supercomputer, remembering password is a tough job nowadays when we have numerous online accounts on different websites and have a different password for each site.
9. Passlock (Web, Chrome, Android, iOS): Easy Email Encryption for Everyone
You already know that sending sensitive data on emails is risky. You never know who might be snooping. The ideal solution is to encrypt your emails, but it’s a messy process. Passlock makes it simple.
Passlock works on smartphones as well as with email, including Gmail. It’s extremely easy to use, and it is built by a security professor to boot.
10. Telegram (Android, iOS)
Telegram Messenger (Android, iOS) is another, free secure-messaging app that targets even less tech-savvy users. Once you’ve linked a Telegram account to your phone number, you can use the app to send fast, encrypted chat messaging over the cloud, with client-server encryption for standard chats. A Secure Chat mode provides end-to-end encryption so that only you and your intended recipient can read it. You can even set messages to self-destruct. You can share videos, documents and participate in group chats of up to 200 users.
11. Orbot: Proxy with Tor (Free Privacy and Online Anonymity)
Orbot is a mobile phone app that allows users to access the Internet, email and instant messaging without being threatened to be monitored or blocked. Orbot brings the functionality and features of Tor directly to the Android OS.
12. True Key (Android, iOS)
What’s Your Privacy Fear?
Privacy is an area of increasing concern in the internet age. From what we share on social networks to what we share privately, so much of our personal data is online. And it’s difficult to control who sees it.