As we pointed out yesterday a lot of people have things to hide sitting in plain view on their smartphones and tablets. This includes intimate videos and pictures of themselves or other things that are likely to bring them to ruin if the material was to “leak” to the tabloids like H-Metro. These leaks might occur if someone were to have unauthorised access to your phone or if your smartphone or tablet was stolen. Today we will take a look at Apps that you might find useful in preventing unauthorised access to the material on your device and or Apps to help recover it when it is stolen.
This is a free App for Android that uses your smartphone’s/tablet’s camera to take pictures of any person who tries to unlock your phone.
This is a free iPhone app that you would find useful if your phone were to get stolen or if you “misplaced it.” The app will allow you use another iOS device such as an iPad to find the missing device and remotely protect your data. The missing device’s location appears on a map and you can lock the device and erase all those naughty pictures and videos before someone calls the tabloids on you. Assuming the phone is still connected to the internet of course: You just have to pray that the data bundles do not run out on you.
This app offers functionality that is similar to the find my iPhone app but it is available for Android devices. It allows you to view the location of the stolen device on on a map and do a GPS track of the phone. It is also possible to do a remote wipe of all the data on the device or even sound an audible alarm on the stolen device to shame the thief.
Is another free Android app that you can use to try and recover your lost phone. It is described as “last resort” and in addition to the functionality offered by Seek MyAndroid it allows for tracking of your lost device using cell towers and can even automatically switch on GPS tracking.
A free Android app that provides privacy for picture and video files by hiding them in individual, password-protected folders.
Another free App that also offers anti virus capabilities as well as acts as an anti-theft Android security application. It scans installed apps and memory card content on demand. Also features a privacy report, which scans and displays access rights and intents of installed apps, as well as anti-theft components that give you remote control via SMS or Web to lock, locate, siren, memory or wipe the device.
This offers similar features to those of Avast but it includes are limited version for iPhones.
Available for: Android, limited version for iPhone
This free Android app automatically moves confidential SMS and call logs from private contacts( “say smallhouse”) into private space and hides the normal track on your phone. The private space is password protected. It also blocks unwanted SMS using keywords specified by the owner quite a handy way of dealing with those people who simply can’t take no for an answer.
Mobile tracker, supports remote deletion of data and folder protection of and antivirus. It is just the same as Avast above but you might prefer this if you are one of those Windows fanboys.
This is a competing program from McAfee it offers the same functionality as Symantec and Avast with the only difference being that this program was named after a millionaire fugitive.
Now go, install and be safe and just so you know nothing in this article shall be construed to mean that cheating or being unfaithful is OK. I am not an ashleyaddison.com fan, I just believe in people’s right to privacy so if you get caught cheating it is all your fault. Also using the said apps does not guarantee that your private data will not get leaked it simply reduces the chance of that happening.
Please feel free to add on any material about privacy that might be useful. I do not have an iOS device so the list is a bit short.
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