Using a mobile device without protection carries a huge risk—but you can’t just put your trust into any old piece of software. What are the most trustworthy security apps on the market today? We look at six of the best.
6 Security Apps That Protect You and Your Data
At around $15, this is one of the most expensive security apps currently available, but producers Wyse promise a comprehensive system that allows you to access files, applications and pictures while connecting remotely in a safe and secure manner.
PocketCloud aims to give you complete versatility and can be used with WiFi and 3G / 4G networks, so you can copy files, edit a spreadsheet or access a report while those important documents and passwords are fully protected at all times.
In contrast with PocketCloud, Avast is a free app that is widely available for download and it’s one that has received consistently positive reviews. In a recent AV test report, a 98% detection rate was declared, and though Avast fell in AV’s list of effective security apps over a twelve month period, this remains one of the most popular solutions.
Along with the antivirus protection, you can expect to receive a web shield that will scan all URLs for Malware while Avast will also scan any existing or new apps to keep you protected.
Because this is completely free and comes with a host of features, it’s a hugely popular choice. Avast Director Milos Korenko claims that there may be a paid version in the future but this won’t affect the add-ons that the free option provides.
Retailing at around the $10 mark, SplashID offers a safe password management system that allows the user to store an unlimited amount of sensitive information such as passwords, credit card numbers and much more.
Having input all of that information there’s no need to be nervous because SplashID promises to be hack free thanks to 256-bit Blowfish encryption, anti-phishing URL icons, automatic password generation, backup and wireless sync, and manual IP address synchronization. With that type of defense, it could prove to be the best ten bucks you ever invested.
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TrustGo may be less popular than Avast as a complete mobile security system, but it actually bested its competitor by scoring a 99.65% malware detection rate in 2013 AV’s test report. This outcome—along with extra features and impressive overall usability—took the app to first place on the AV list and that’s a result that’s sure to increase download demand over the next twelve months.
The most impressive aspect of TrustGo’s performance is the secure app search which protects against downloading and installing dangerous apps. There is a host of further add-ons and you can even remotely locate and wipe a missing cellphone.
As a further bonus, TrustGo is also free!
Find My iPhone
Although it can be argued that you’re more likely to use Find My iPhone on those frequent occasions when you lose your device around the house, it’s popular as a security app, too. Simply download it, but remember that you need a second available cellphone—usually a family member’s—in order to locate your own equipment.
So it’s great for those frustrating occasions when you’ve lost your phone down the back of the couch but if your device has fallen into the wrong hands then you can lock it and even erase its data in an emergency. Win/win.
Advances in technology now mean that security apps can extend beyond the files and passwords on your mobile device and cover physical property such as your home and all its contents. Online Command from Simplisafe Home Security costs $24.95 a month and it offers complete control of your home security no matter where you are in the world.
The ingenious app allows the user to set or disarm your system remotely and add or remove any individual sensors. Other cool features allow you to monitor your property 24/7 in real time so you can immediately become aware if your security has been compromised.
This post was written by Kevin Raposo, a blogger for SimpliSafe Home Security. Kevin covers issues around home security, crime, tech, and safety. When he’s not writing, he usually feeding the bears at the zoo he volunteers at, and enjoys playing music with his friends. SimpliSafe is a leader in the home security field.