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February 02, 2012

Mobile Security: Security Apps for iPhone


Everyone by now knows the importance of security software for computers, but does everybody know that phone hacking is also a concern? Yes, this does mean that mobile security is also vulnerable, when your mobile phone uses a Wi-Fi network, to a number of security threats, like malware and jailbreak exploits for iOS. So mobile users be aware that your personal data can be hacked. Now, how does this affect Apple iPhone (News - Alert) users?

Apple has some mobile security features built into the iPhone, such as encryption, for its customers; it also suggests the use of a free security app, Lookout, which is available at the Apple (News - Alert) App Store, for mobile data protection, to locate a lost or stolen iPhone, to back up and restore data and to protect personal information. Apple also offers the Apple Push Notification service to use Mobile Device Management (MDM) to wipe or lock an iPhone remotely. Against hacking, however, users can also benefit from other great security-related apps to protect their iPhone and data.



Some of today’s best iPhone apps for security are…

1. Kryptos is an encrypted voice communication app that uses 256-bit AES encryption for Securing VoIP calls. It uses 2048 bit RSA (News - Alert) for key exchange. It requires users to download and install the client’s software, which must be activated for functionality. The Kryptos app is free, but the service is $10 a month for each user to establish a peer-to-peer connection that is secure.

2. Norton Snap is a QR code reader/scanner that protects against dangerous QR codes; it is capable of blocking unsafe websites, online threats, and phishing sites before they load on the iPhone. It is a free Norton™ Labs Snap app.

3. Find My iPhone app by Apple allows owners to locate their phone. It shows its location on a map. The app also allows another iOS device to find the lost or stolen device. And, if the device cannot be located, the app is able to protect the owner’s personal data by remotely wiping out or erasing the info. To make the app functional, the only requirement is to have an iCloud account (available free with iOS 5 or OS X Lion) or MobileMe account.

4. Foscam Surveillance Pro is an app that can be used to view and control a Foscam IP camera from an iPhone. It is a suitable option for home and small business security surveillance.

5. Alarm.com (News - Alert) has an iPhone app that lets customers monitor and control their own home or business from anywhere. Customers can instantly arm and disarm their security systems remotely when they are away. With Alarm.com’s iPhone app, a security system can send customers real-time emails, text messages, and push notifications on the iPhone on security-related events. Customers can even watch real-time video footage and record video clips showing events that happen. This app works only after subscribing to an interactive Alarm.com service plan.

To help keep your iPhone safe and secure, to prevent hackers and intruders from gaining access to personal information and to keep thieves from taking it, users can count on these iPhone security applications. All iPhone users need to do is choose which security apps they need.

In addition to the installation of one of the third-party security apps, iPhone users should also secure their device with a password, set it to auto-lock, maintain a secure Internet connection by using a virtual private network (VPN), and setup the iOS device to “Encrypt iPhone Backup.”

 

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Daniel Brecht has been writing for the Web since 2007. His interests include computers, mobile devices and cyber security standards. He has enjoyed writing on a variety of topics ranging from cloud computing to application development, web development and e-commerce.

Edited by Rich Steeves
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