Did you know that you most likely have been the victim of a cyber-attack, at least at some point in your life? What am I talking about when your Facebook hasn’t been hacked, your money at the bank account is safe, and your email is secure – then what is it? While ‘those’ types of cyberattacks are a reality but they rarely occur.
There are some sly under the table and seemingly harmless cyber-attacks and data theft occurring everyday right under our noses and 4 million people were affected last year in just the UK according to a study by No Hassle Mobiles. The data scrappers take your data from the browsers and other apps you use and they sale it to big companies. The companies now have all the information they need and they know how to target you. Have you ever noticed that if you open a link or a website, and then you login to Facebook and it suspiciously starts showing you an ad related to that website – how do you think that is?
Your email account and banks might be secure but your data is not confidential – unless you do something it.
We have compiled the list of five apps that will be terrific to up the security of your Android phone and keep your data completely secure.
Are you the type of person who uses the same password for everything – don’t worry we all are. I know not a single person who doesn’t have the same or at least similar passwords for everything. But while it is convenient, it is highly insecure.
This is where the app LastPass can help you greatly. It generates passwords and keep them both handy and safe. You can have a different password for everything but you do not have to remember anything.
You can also share your passwords with other people without them ever knowing the actual password.
Download LastPass for Android.
- Signal Private Messenger
Signal Private Messenger is THE app for you if you are a privacy enthusiast. You cannot rely on WhatsApp because despite their tall claims, they are owned by Facebook – and we all know what Facebook does with our data.
Signal Private Messenger offers solid end to end encryption of every single message. The company prides itself on security and privacy of your data. You can trust them blindly. Their algorithm is massive and focused on securing your messaging. They encrypt it so even the company cannot read them.
Download Signal for Android.
We often unwillingly give our data away. For example if we are filling up a survey form or giving our number to a store guy for a follow up or delivery coordination purposes, we give them our number. The number is often then circulated around and you end up getting upselling calls and messages.
The solution is simple; download the Hushed. Hushed creates a temporary number for your smartphone and you can use it like any other number. When you are done, you can simply delete the number and your actual number will stay hidden. It is a big win for those who don’t want unnecessary phone calls.
Download Hushed for Android.
We cannot live without Google that is for sure. We would be rather worse off without it. Despite all its attractions, Google does store your data and is rather invasive when it comes to privacy. The company claims that it does so to provide you with better tailored results and that may be so. But if you don’t want to give your data to Google, the simplest solution is DuckDuckGo.
DuckDuckGo is the perfect alternative. It gives you almost the same search results but without storing any of your data.
Download DuckDuckGo for Android.
The thing with Google is that it is not very concerned about confidentiality of your data. In fact it is quite the opposite. They want to attain as much data as they can and use it for targeted ads – that is their biggest source of revenue as you know.
So Gmail naturally becomes a candidate for playing around with your data when it should. ProtonMail is an excellent alternative to Gmail. It is a lightweight emailing app that is quick, fast and reliable. You can send password protected data as well as data with time limit on it.
Download ProtonMail for Android.