Top apps to keep your iPhone, iPad private and secure

Top apps to keep your iPhone, iPad private and secure

Summary: What are some of the best apps on the market to keep your iPhone and iPad safe, secure, and able to be located?


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  • Find My iPhone

    Name: Find My iPhone

    Developer: Apple

    Price: Free

    Compatibility:  iOS | 

    Find My iPhone, developed by iPhone and iPad maker Apple, is an app useful in the wake of rising smartphone theft. If you've lost your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Mac, you can use another iOS device with the app to sign in with your Apple ID for iCloud. Once signed in on another device, you can locate your missing gadget, lock it remotely, and hopefully recover it. If there's no hope of the latter, you can erase all of your data off the device. 

    See also: Apple, Google, Samsung agree to support smartphone kill switches

    However, do not forget to enable Find my iPhone in iCloud settings, otherwise you will not be able to locate it later on. 

  • Keeper Password & Data Vault

    Name: Keeper Password & Data Vault

    Developer: Callpod

    Price: Free

    Compatibility:  iOS | Android

    Keeper Password & Data Vault is a password manager compatible with the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android and browsers. The app can be used to keep track of passwords and sensitive data -- such as bank account numbers -- using 256-bit AES data storage and PBKDF2 encryption keys. The application also uses two-factor authentication and allows users to assign permissions for others to access vault data. 

    If you wish to back up your data through cloud storage, this service is available for between $9.99 and $29.99 per year. 

Topics: Security, iOS, iPhone, iPad, Mobility

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  • Best security app.

    Thumbs up on Find My Phone for locating it, but for the absolute best security check out LastPass at But don't take my word for it. See what Steve Gibson (internet security guru) has to say about it here:
  • Shouldn't Security Be Built In

    to the operating system? Passing the security buck on to developers is either a sign of a lack of know-how or just pure laziness - you pick!
    • iPhone 5S

      is very secure and pretty much everything is encrypted by default - the crypto is sound and secure, if the Apple documents are to be believed (Steve Gibson at GRC did over 3 hours discussing the inbuilt security in the iPhone 5S.

      The only weak point in the whole set-up is the iCloud synchronization, which uses weak security - all the on device stuff is sound.

      The current flaw in older devices is worrying though.