The value of personal information cannot be overlooked, and with the current state of affairs, one can’t afford to be nonchalant when it comes to data privacy and security. The advent of high-end smartphones has made aspects of our lives more convenient. Armed with an array of sensors and a plethora of impressive features, these tiny devices are the perfect pocket companions. However, despite the efforts, data security issues still plague smartphones and statistics show identity theft is higher than ever before.
Many users are naive about the risks they expose themselves to as they click-away those intimate photos, store personal information, install applications, browse and make financial transactions.
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(Top 5) Best Privacy Apps for Android 2018
Keeping your data safe from prying eyes such as nosy friends, fraudsters and malicious agencies is of utmost importance. Below is a brief look at the top 5 best privacy apps for android.
DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser
If you are a privacy-conscious internet user, then DuckDuckGo is the browser for you. It is free, but what makes it great is that it eliminates privacy loopholes found in major search engines such as Google and Bing. Search terms you use while you browse aren’t availed to the sites you visit, and it doesn’t link your searches to your personal information. It is also efficient in avoiding filter bubbles.
Applock by SpSoft
Most Android phones don’t have an inbuilt feature that allows us to lock apps. Since smartphones are meant to be personal, parting with them isn’t easy. Applock is your best bet when you want to block access to specific files and apps. The app is pretty user-friendly. You just have to install it, select the apps you need to lock, and you are good to go.
The Tor Project
The Tor project has just released an early version of its new browser for Android, Tor for Android. It is an advanced version of its current Android browser, Orfox, which will be discarded early next year. The new browser will do away with the need to connect to a proxy app so as to access Tor’s network. Orfox works by relaying your communication all over the world through a distributed network. However, it also requires you to install Orbot, which is a proxy app.
VPNsÂ are among the best ways to maintain anonymity online. You can rest assured that any data you send or receive is encrypted. This makes it hard for anyone to spy on you. Another positive is that you can mask or hide your location, which gives you access to geo-restricted sites. Proton VPN is specifically tailored for Android phones. What makes it stand out is the fact that, it is free and ad-free. If that’s not enough to compel you, there is no limit to the amount of data that you can utilize. But no torrenting is allowed.
Simple Mobile Tools
As the name suggests, SMT is an app that offers simple alternatives to your everyday basic apps. If you are an Android user, you must have noticed the number of permissions various the pre-installed apps ask for. What baffles most users is, are all these permissions necessary and what do they use them for? What is even more irritating is the number of adverts that pop-up while using the apps. Simple Mobile Tools tries to save you this stress by offering alternative apps. Although they are not as powerful as the pre-installed apps, you don’t have to worry about your privacy. The SMT apps include calendar, gallery, camera, file manager, music player, and others.