Best Apps To Secure Your Phone

 Smartphones hold our contacts, photos, and private information, making them more valuable than the sticker price. It’s nice to have help protecting your smartphone, so here are seven of the top security apps that will give your phone its own bodyguard.

1. Find My iPhone (Free)

Losing an iPhone is scary, but with Find My iPhone it doesn’t have to be. With this app, you can log on to any iOS device and sign in using your Apple ID, allowing you to track your phone on a map, play a sound, display a personal message, lock your device, or wipe it clean of personal data. Ideally, you’ll be able to track down your phone and get it back, but if not at least your personal information can be erased from the phone.

2. TigerText (Free)

This app is a texting app that gives senders full control over their messages. Perfect for businesses that let employees use their phones for company and personal messaging or for sports teams that want to create an easy to manage messaging group. This app is great because it can send text files and the sender can choose to delete any messages at any time and see when their messages have been read. TigerText works on pretty much any device including iOS, Android, Windows and BlackBerry.

3. LastPass Password Manager ($1/month)

With so many email accounts, bank accounts, shopping sites and social networking sites, it can be difficult to remember all of those passwords. This app creates a safe place to store and generate passwords. LastPass installs a browser that remembers passwords and information so you don’t have to constantly fill out mailing or email addresses. It also has a secure password generator to keep your passwords fresh. It works on multiple devices including iOS, Android, Windows and BlackBerry.

4. Call Blocker (Free)

Call Blocker is the best receptionist you’ll ever have. The app comes with a black list that rejects unwanted calls, forwards calls, or sends an automated SMS message to missed or ignored calls. It can also block annoying SMS messages and back up your contacts list so you always have a spare copy. Call Blocker will also delete your call history and messages between you and a contact for ultimate privacy. This app works with multiple platforms, including iOS, Android and BlackBerry.

5. Lookout Security and Antivirus ($2.99/month)

Lookout has basic loss and backup protection, but it also comes with antivirus software that keeps your phone safe from unwanted viruses. The app blocks harmful URLs and performs weekly antivirus scans of emails, apps and other files. Lookout can detect and remove viruses and spyware from your phone so that it runs quickly and safely. Plus, the app can lock or locate lost phones and backup and restore information if your phone is accidentally erased. Users rave about Lookout being the best security app out there. The app runs on major platforms like iOS and Android.

6. eWallet ($9.99)

With over 14 years of experience, eWallet promises to keep your private information safe. This app stores passwords, usernames and pins with a strong 256-bit AES encryption. It also stores banking card information and has a time-out setting so secure pages don’t get displayed for too long. eWallet lets users back up their secure information with a PC or Mac and let you sync as much as you want. It’s compatible with iOS, Android and BlackBerry.

7. Silent Circle ($29-40/month)

Originally designed for military personnel to communicate securely, Silent Circle provides complete confidentiality between you and other Silent Circle users. Phone calls, texts, emails and videos are completely encrypted when sent between Circle users so that they are the only ones able to access the information. This app is great for protecting business information and communicating around the globe. The app works on iOS, Android and PC devices.

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This is a guest post by Justin who writes about TV, Technology and Sports for Direct TV.