Apps to improve your privacy

2021-09-22
Apps to improve your privacy

Today it is loud about cybersecurity and numerous examples of its violations. So it's easy to understand how important it is to keep your data secure. Here are the 7 most versatile apps designed to protect your privacy.

NordVPN

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a good way to protect your privacy. These networks work by encrypting all traffic flowing to and from the device and routing it through an intermediary server outside of your current location. This makes it easy to hide your online activity. There are countless free VPNs out there. NordVPN is a private tool, but it's really worth paying for. It uses military-grade encryption protocols, has solid speeds, and an extensive server network. It also has a policy of not keeping any detailed user logs, which is different from free tools.

Signal Private Messenger

Signal Private Messenger by Open Whisper Systems (popular Signal) is a messaging service with a strong focus on privacy. With open source code and end-to-end encryption of all messages, it has become a favorite of privacy enthusiasts. Open-source means that each user can check the code on their own, and thus find out about its security. Signal uses peer-reviewed cryptographic protocols. Besides, it protects your information and does not store any data. Its appearance is very similar to the world famous WhatsApp. In addition to the color of the interface, there is one more fundamental difference between them - Signal does not belong to Facebook, known for downloading data about its users.

DuckDuckGo

Google is an amazing tool and makes your daily work and information very easy, but at the same time downloads a huge amount of individual data. This is what allows it to show intrusive retargeting ads every time you visit a website. An alternative search engine is DuckDuckGo, which does not store any data. Its privacy features prevent ad networks from following you so that you know who is trying to follow you. It also tries to force websites to use an encrypted connection whenever possible.

ProtonMail

Google's invasive tracking features go beyond the search engine. Algorithms also work in Gmail. As a result, Google can display more targeted advertising and user-specific recommendations. Convenient for the owners of online stores, it irritates the average Internet user. The most disturbing part about Gmail and many other popular email providers is that they are not end-to-end encrypted. ProtonMail is a much safer alternative. It was designed by scientists at CERN and remains open source so its code can be validated by users. The application allows you to send password-protected e-mails and messages that self-destruct after a specified period of time. The company itself is unable to read your information, which is one hundred percent guarantee of its security.

NordPass – the best password manager

Probably no one has enough memory to remember all the passwords given on different sites. NordPass solves this problem by storing all of your passwords in one place. Each time you log in, you will be asked if the application should remember the password. Only you have access to the saved passwords, thanks to the Master Password - the master password that allows you to view all data. The application is paid, but it works best among all password managers.

Find My Device

Find My Device is a proprietary application from Google that works in a similar way to Find My iPhone. It helps you locate your lost Android device or turn it off if you believe it has been stolen. Find My Device can be configured to display the location information of the smartphone. It can also emit a sound if the phone is nearby. With the help of the application, you can also leave the number to be called back on the screen. If someone honest finds him, he will be able to contact you.

Smart AppLock

PIN codes and patterns allow you to lock the phone screen. After passing this protection, you have free access to all applications and files on your phone. This is not a safe solution, for example in a situation where you just want to show someone something on the screen, but you don't want him to have free access to other folders. Smart AppLock allows you to change the access permission settings for individual applications on the phone. Thanks to this, an unauthorized person will not look at your Messenger, for example. Unless he knows the access password.

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