5 apps to make your Android phone secure

You must be constantly hearing about cybersecurity hacks and data breaches in almost every country of the world. Cybercrime is everywhere now. And what I find surprising is that many people do not know the true implications of digital privacy.

In fact a recent study from No Hassle Mobile Phones revealed that over 4 million people in the UK alone were subject to some form of cybercrime in the last months.

We only look at cyber irregularities if they are crimes, anything else seems to be acceptable with us. If a company is scraping your information and selling it to corporations like McDonald’s or Coke, is it fine? Do you want a company to know what you eat on Sundays so that they can pitch you their product? – Of course not. But this is happening all around us.

In order to rid yourself of the constant pressure and tension if your data is secure or not, why don’t you take the matters into your own hands. It is very easy to make an Android phone secure these days – yes, you guessed it, and all you need are the right apps.

1. LastPass

 

We all use the same or similar password for most of our logins. That is human nature. Who can remember 20 passwords and keep them secure. Since, you can’t write them down and have them lying around when it comes to passwords. In this situation LastPass works perfectly.

It creates passwords for you, or you can generate passwords yourself and save them in a secure vault. You can ever share your login links with other people, they can use it without ever knowing your password. You can also have LastPass change your password from time to time.

Download LastPass for Android.

2. Signal Private Messenger

While end to end encryption is now a standard procedure in all the messaging apps – but what do we know. WhatsApp is the most common messaging app there is, and it is owned by Facebook. There are rumors that they are stealing your data through a backdoor and knowing the nature of Facebook, it is quite the possibility.

Signal Private Messenger is a messaging app that provides the user with end to end encryption. It has a great focus on privacy of your data. Many privacy enthusiasts use this app instead of WhatsApp.

Download Signal for Android.

3. Hushed

We often forget that our data can simply be leaked any way – even by us. When you post an ad online or give your number to a sales rep, your number seem to get circulated everywhere and you start getting unwanted phone calls and texts. It happens to all of us.

You would be rather surprised that there is a simple solution. Download the app hushed. What Hushed do is quite ingenious, it creates a temporary phone number for you so that your real number remains hidden – much more like a burner phone.

When you perform an activity from your phone, like for example give it to a sales rep who wants to make a follow-up call. You would only be giving your temporary phone number and your real number will remain hidden. When you are done with that particular transaction, you can simply disable the number and no one would be the wiser.

Download Hushed for Android.

4. DuckDuckGo

There is no doubt that Google is the greatest search engine in the world and we would not do well without it. However, it is no secret that some Google policies are downright invasive. It also tracks your data when you visit various websites. It then creates an algorithm that will fit your needs. This is problematic for some users, naturally.

DuckDuckGo is an alternative to Google search. It draws from the same search patterns but it has a silver lining. DuckDuckGo does not store your personal data. It simply redirects you from site to site without saving anything.

Download DuckDuckGo for Android.

5. ProtonMail

Google is not very concerned about privacy of your data. Let’s be honest. So we have an alternative of Gmail for you. Google has a lot of stake in your data because it does almost all its earning by targeted ads.

ProtonMail is a lot like Gmail in many respects apart from the fact that it completely secures your data. You can send password protected emails as well as emails that would delete themselves after a period of time. All the emails are encrypted so your data is 100% secure. Even the company cannot take a peek at your information.

Download ProtonMail for Android.

Nuur

Author bio: Nuur Hasan is a software developer, web developer and a technical writer with more than seven years of experience. He believes that sharing knowledge can do wonders and that is why he likes to blog. His other interests include politics and sports. 

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