Although iOS is as robust as it can be, it’s advisable to go above and beyond by installing additional apps designed with security in mind. With this in mind, we’ve scoured the market for you and came up with what we believe are the top 7 apps to secure your iPhone.
Not every messaging service is made equal when it comes to privacy and encryption. But with Signal, your privacy concerns will be put to rest. As a matter of fact, Signal not only secures every conversation with end-to-end encryption but also verifies the identity of people you are interacting with. This lessens the risk of someone impersonating another individual, your coworkers, or an authority figure. In addition to that, any channels you’re communicating through are subject to the same verification standards.
- NordPass Password Manager
By using the NordPass password manager, you’ll be able to take the weight off your mind regarding memorizing your passwords. This way, you’ll no longer have to dumb them down only for the sake of simplicity; your passwords should be strong and unique. As luck would have it, NordPass is smart enough to recognize the websites you’re visiting and will auto-populate the login fields for you, making the entire authentication process secure and convenient.
- Find Your Phone
Your smartphone contains valuable data you wouldn’t want anyone to get a hold of. But what happens if you misplace it one day or – worse yet – your trusty smartphone gets stolen? The Find my iPhone service allows you to find the physical location of your phone and even lock or call it on demand. In case someone else has managed to find it, a callback number will be displayed on the screen, allowing the finder to return it to its rightful owner.
In addition to encrypting your other conversations, you should also make an effort to encrypt your emails. This is where ProtonMail comes in handy. Founded by CERN, this is an open-source end-to-end encryption solution for the purpose that has a strict no-IP-tracking policy. According to the company, not even its employees can read your messages even if they wanted to. You can also send self-destructing messages with it that disappear as soon as the recipient has read them (or in a predetermined time frame). On top of it all, it comes with an intuitive and user-friendly client.
- Firefox Focus
If you’re looking for privacy while browsing, you should see what Firefox Focus is all about. In essence, the app gets rid of anything that could be perceived as a threat to your privacy, including cookies, history, and passwords, as none of these are saved. Moreover, the app blocks any tracking attempts initiated by websites. Since it’s free to use, be sure to check it out and see if it suits your needs.
You should be careful when assigning app permissions. This is what Bouncer was built to address; the app will alert you whenever an app requires additional permissions to remain functional. In case you’d like to revoke the permissions after you’re done using the app, Bouncer allows you to do so with the tap of a button. If you’d like to automate the process some more, you can set it to remove permissions granted automatically every time you’re done using an app.
- Solid Explorer File Manager
If you’re looking for a way to encrypt your files and folders on a case-per-case basis, this is a cutout solution. Not only will it provide an additional layer of protection to your local files, but also the ones you’re storing in the cloud. It supports all the popular third-party cloud services such as Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive. Encrypting your files does not require any technical experience – you only need to tap a button, and you’re good to go. Then, you’ll be asked to provide a password. Optionally, you can also provide a fingerprint scan. Bear in mind that even your system won’t be able to access the files you’ve encrypted unless you’ve gone ahead and unlocked them.
Your Apple security should be an ongoing concern, and you should not take it for granted. The apps we’ve recommended above offer industry-grade protection and are used by numerous people from all around the world. Why wait around for app/system updates and security patches when you can take the proactive approach to secure your phone?