Friday, 21 September 2012

The Most Useful Security Apps For The iPhone

In today’s hyper-connected digital world, we have come to trust our devices far more than we ever trusted our diaries or even our closest friends. This is especially true of the Apple products, as users have a sense of powerful and trusting relationship with the brand, to the point of near adulation. For that very reason, the idea of your iPhone or iPad being lost, stolen, or hacked is more than a little worrisome. The good news is that application developers have been busy ensuring that our trust isn’t misplaced.
Here are some of the best ways to maximize the security of your iOS device:
Webroot Security:
Webroot provides one of the most lightweight anti-virus solutions around because its virus definitions operate in the cloud. This makes it ideal for safeguarding mobile devices against all forms of malware; it skips past the hassle of download times while freeing up storage space. Webroot has mobile security applications for both tablet and mobile devices that run   iOS.
Malwarebytes:
Malwarebytes is one of the most popular and well-reputed anti-malware programs for PC, but Apple lovers can now enjoy the software as well. Malwarebytes has experience in preventing and removing everything from trojan horses to rootkits and well beyond, ensuring maximum protection during your online experience with the   iPhone or iPad. Best of all, a free version is available.
1Password Pro:
One of the greatest dangers of browsing on a public network is the possibility that secure information you type on the web can be picked up by a savvy hacker.   The 1Password Pro iPhone app prevents this by automatically logging into secure websites for you while using 256-bit encryption. This effectively prevents malicious software (known as “keyloggers”) from spying on your passwords or other credentials.
Find My iPhone:
For those who create security risks by keeping poor track of their iPhone, this application is a boon. Several impressive features are packaged with the application, including:
  • The user can find the exact location of their phone or tablet by visiting their Apple account. 
  • The user can activate a “find me” sound (set through the app) that plays on the iPhone or iPad even if the device is off or in silent mode.
  • If the user is positive the device is lost, they can have a custom message sent to the device addressing anyone who happened to pick it up.
  • If the user is positive the device has been stolen, they can remotely lock the device. In more extreme cases, the user can remotely wipe out all data on the device to ensure that no personal information is compromised.
Best of all, this application is completely free.
Lookout Mobile Security:
Similar to “Find My iPhone,” Lookout can help you find your phone or tablet if you’ve misplaced it. However, Lookout also keeps an eye out for other security concerns, such as a pending update to your version of iOS, the use of an unsecured WiFi network, and security risks involved in how an application interacts with your device. If your iPhone is lost or stolen, you can gain full remote control over the device through this app.
Apple has done a good job of creating a secure framework to start with, but the frequency of updates is far from reliable and protecting you against malware isn’t the top priority for the company. Luckily, these applications are easy to find and install, patching chinks in the armor that Apple may have left exposed.
No software can take the place of knowledge and personal responsibility. iPhone users are urged to stay abreast of security matters and ensure they use best practices for keeping their data safe, such as using strong passwords for all accounts, locking the home screen with a mandatory PIN, and not leaving their phones out of their sight at work or in public places.

SOURCES: TECHTALKAFRICA

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