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Can Apps Keep Your Smartphone Safe?

Smartphone applications have changed the digital landscape in numerous ways. Apps have redefined the way entertainment is consumed, how businesses engage with customers, how students receive education, and so much more. With over one million apps available for consumers to download, users have endless possibilities of which apps to prioritize on their phone. Cybersecurity is a sector of smartphone apps that many users overlook. However, smartphones carry substantial amounts of data and are targeted as heavily as other devices such as desktops or laptops. And unlike computer devices, smartphones are always with users as they are used frequently throughout the day. 

The amount of content consumed through a smartphone in a day is more than enough for users to accidentally click on a malicious link or come across SMS social engineering attacks. It is very important for all users to have an understanding of the apps that can secure a smartphone.

Antivirus Apps

Unfortunately malware isn’t limited to computer systems. Smartphones are prone to get infected as well. Mobile antivirus apps can work to keep the phone secure by blocking malicious content and cleaning up any damage to the phone’s storage caused by a virus. Verified antivirus apps that are popular among users include Bitdefender, Kaspersky, and Malwarebytes. Users already utilizing an antivirus for their laptop or desktop should contact their provider to check into mobile options. 

Virtual Private Network (VPN) Apps

VPN apps are useful security apps for multiple reasons. First and foremost, the primary purpose of a VPN is to cover a user’s IP address, keeping data and internet traffic safe and encrypted. VPNs can also be used by organizations to secure valuable files and data. In the event an employee needs to access these files on their smartphone, a VPN can provide them that access. 

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Password-Managing Apps

An unfortunately common mistake made by smartphone users is to store passwords in a notes application on their phone. These apps are typically not password protected and are at a strong risk for being exploited if the device is stolen. Password Managers securely store all passwords in a single file that is encrypted. Users are then only required to remember one password which is the master password for the password manager. Password managers also help verified users login quicker to their accounts by providing saved credentials and auto filled boxes for online forms.

Secure Messenger Apps

Cellular communication has evolved tremendously through the digital age. Smartphones have allowed users to download advanced messaging apps to communicate with new features. However, users should always make sure they are using secure messenger apps only. Lack of security in mobile messengers can lead to data falling into the hands of unknown third-parties. Top-rated message apps must have end-to-end encryption to ensure safe communicating between individuals and groups. One app that has led the way in this effort is WhatsApp, a unique communication app with an emphasis on its cybersecurity. 

Summary

Cybersecurity is a sector of smartphone apps that many users overlook. However, smartphones carry substantial amounts of data and are targeted as heavily as other devices such as desktops or laptops. The amount of content consumed through a smartphone in a day is more than enough for users to accidentally click on a malicious link or come across SMS social engineering attacks. It is very important for all users to have an understanding of the apps that can secure a smartphone. These include antivirus apps, VPN apps, password-managing apps, and secure messenger apps.

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