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Top 7 apps that protect your data

Keeping your smartphone data secure is mighty important, which is why we’re taking a look at a range of apps that can keep your information safe and sound.

Just recently, both Whatsapp and Viber announced support for encrypted chats within their mobile apps. Last week at Google I/O, Google also bragged that folks using its upcoming service, Allo, will be able to control how long messages are shown to contacts for.

Encrypted messaging means that no third parties have access to the stuff you’re sharing. With security in mind, here are 7 apps for Android and iOS that are ideal for keeping your files away from prying eyes.

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1. mSecure Password Manager

Price: £7.99 (iOS), £8.22 (Android)
Available for:
iOS, Android

mSecure works on desktop with Windows and Mac, and also on iOS and Android smartphones.

This security app acts as a safe for all of your important passwords by using 256-bit encryption. Whether you need a home for your banking details or want to jot down that unnecessarily complicated Twitter password you keep forgetting, mSecure gets the job done.

Bonus features include auto-lock, SD card backup and an optional ‘Self Destruct’ trigger that wipes away saved files that reach the wrong hands.

2. Find my iPhone

Price: free
Available for: iOS

Apple’s Find my iPhone service aims to save the day if you misplace your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Mac.

Assuming that Find my iPhone is configured before you lose your gadget, it can be used to spot your lost belongings on an overhead map. From there, you can remotely lock the device to shake off intruders, or write a message with your contact details included to appear on-screen.

If all else fails, remote erase – which does as you’d expect – wipes all of your personal data so that it can’t be recovered. We recommend you set up Find my iPhone if you haven’t done so already.

3. Trend Micro Mobile Security

Price: free (£19.95 for one year of premium)
Available for: iOS, Android

It can be frustratingly easy to click on a malicious link in your mobile browser by mistake, but that’s where Trend Micro Mobile Security hopes to help.

This free app acts as a shield against online attacks, so installing it will give you that extra peace of mind while you’re browsing.

If you’re willing to pay for the premium version, you’ll get a malware cleaner, lost device protection and a privacy scanner that names and shames apps that may be stealing data. Find out if it’s worth it the cost – see our Trend Micro Mobile Security review.

4. Google Authenticator

Price: free
Available for: iOS, Android

Google Authenticator adds an extra layer of security to your Google account, which means you receives a unique number via text or voice call that you need to enter when you log in.

Unlock codes can be generated even while you’re offline and support for Android Wear is also on offer.

Whilst Google Authenticator can’t offer the same range of features that other security apps can, it sticks to what it’s good at – which is making it tougher for intruders to get into your Google account.

5. 1Password

Price: free (£7.99 for Pro features)
Available for: iOS, Android

1Password comes up with lengthy, hard-to-guess passwords for each of your online accounts. It then locks that collection behind a single master Password, which becomes the only one you need to remember.

Whilst the minds behind 1Password are keen to demonstrate the power of the app when managing social media accounts, it can also be used to manage banking details and credit card information. Upgrading to the Pro version adds additional categories for bank accounts, driving licences and more.

6. Avast Antivirus & Security

Price: free
Available for: Android

Avast Antivirus & Security for Android crams a whole load of features into a single package, including virus scanning, phishing alerts and a handy app lock feature.

The latest version of Avast for Android is free, but includes services that were previously reserved for paying subscribers. Check out our Avast Mobile Antivirus & Security review to see how the app did when we put it through our tough lab tests.

7. oneSafe

Price: £3.99
Available for: iOS, Android

oneSafe uses 256-bit encryption to keep personal information personal, using a clever code generator that creates strong passwords for online security.

Pictures, videos, notes and credit card numbers that you want secured within oneSafe can be grouped into categories within the app’s home screen, and items can also be manually sorted based on importance.

Browse all of our mobile security app reviews.

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