As mobile phones become the next battleground in cyber security, a number of apps are stepping up their game in the race to deter hackers and protect sensitive data. With everything from family vacation photos to sensitive banking information flowing through Apple and Android phones, hackers have never had a bigger target to hit than they do today.
In order to protect your personal and increasingly valuable information, consider these five security apps for your iPhone.
Lookout Personal for iOS
One of the most profitable attack vectors for hackers is targeting phones running out-of-date software. The longer you let your device run a last-generation operating system, the more vulnerable you become to attack. Hackers and criminals spend a lot of time looking to exploit old software because so many people neglect regular updates.Give Lookout Personal for iOS a try. It’s a consumer version of Lookout’s powerful suite of security tools. By keeping watch for out-of-date software and scanning for malicious applications, Lookout shores up two of the most common ways hackers find a way into personal devices.
The best part is, you don’t need to keep checking the app to make sure you’re secure. Lookout will alert you if it finds something that needs your attention.
While we normally think of computer viruses targeting desktop computers, there is a growing black market for viruses targeting mobile devices. So much commerce takes place over phones and tablets — from business email to personal shopping — that iPhone- and Android-specific viruses are on the rise.
McAfee Mobile gives users a suite of alert and location services similar to Find My iPhone, but the real meat of the application is in its “Secure Media Vault,” a feature that will let you restrict access to your personal data when you hand off your device to a friend or coworker. You needn’t be worried they may snoop through your family photos; rest easy as you lock down your personal pictures before sharing.
Built for both the iPhone and iPad, this app adds one more arrow to your quiver of security tools.
With these five applications installed, you’ll be miles ahead of most users when it comes to everyday security.