It goes without saying that if you love your privacy, you choose an iPhone over an Android device. Having said that, using third-party privacy apps for the iPhone doesn’t hurt. Installing a security app for your iPhone will give all your data an added layer of security.
It’s 2020, and data protection is one of the most important tasks we have on our hands. If your data falls into the wrong hands, you could end up with huge financial and even psychological losses. With this in mind, we’ve curated a list of some of the best security apps for iOS devices. The following list is not an exhaustive one by any means, but it can be a great starting point for you.
VPN by Private Internet Access
If you want to protect your internet traffic and browsing history (and trust me, you do) from the prying eyes of unscrupulous third parties or your ISP, you should use a VPN. Steer clear of the so-called ‘free’ VPN apps; they are most likely mining your browsing history for advertising purposes. There are a lot of good, paid VPNs out there. Experts say VPN by Private Internet Access is one of the best. They offer a real ‘no logs’ policy (i.e. they don’t keep any records of your browsing history).
iOS’s Safari is one of the best browsers you could ask for, strictly speaking from a privacy standpoint. However, if you want the best privacy protection possible while browsing, you should think about engaging in browser compartmentalisation. It’s where you use one web browser for sites you need to log into and another for all your other browsing.
If this sounds like something you want to do, Firefox Focus is a great privacy app for iPhones. It’s built around privacy, automatically blocks online trackers, and can be set to automatically delete browsing history, passwords, and cookies whenever you close the app. You can even protect access to the app with Face ID or Touch ID.
While iCloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive are all excellent cloud storage apps, none of them offer end-to-end encryption. If a hacker got around the security precautions of any of these services, they’d have free reign over your data. That’s where the Cryptomator comes in. This security app for iPhones allows you to automatically encrypt all of your data before it gets uploaded to the cloud. So, now, even if your account gets compromised, your files will still be safely encrypted.
In simple terms, Lookout acts as an alarm for your data. This security app for iPhones alerts you when your data is exposed online through identity theft or data breach. It also keeps you safe from phishing by warning you when you accidentally end up on a suspicious site. What’s more, it even tells you if the WiFi network you’re using is under attack by hackers.
If there’s one must-have app that everyone should have to protect their privacy, it’s a reliable password manager. A crowd-favourite is LastPass Password Manager. Its free version stands out as the best password manager in the category, giving users the ability to store passwords, user login credentials, and sync across devices and browsers. A login item can even be shared with one other person. Its premium version allows you to share passwords, login info, memberships, and other items with trusted family and friends, use multifactor authentication through YubiKey, and gets you 1GB of encrypted storage.
If you’ve been worried about protecting your data for a long time but didn’t know where to start, this article should help you make some sense of it all (I hope!). And if you have any questions or suggestions, drop us a line in the comments below!