In one of our previous articles, we had given you a general listicle of ’10 Must have Apps for Android’. However, as rightly pointed out by one of our readers, we didn’t cover any ground on Privacy Apps.
Privacy is concern which is we cannot afford to neglect considering our lives are largely dependent on gadgets and digital technology. From voice calls, text messages, personal and business information, everything can be exploited if it falls in wrong hands. So here is the list of some of best privacy apps for Android devices.
Best Privacy Apps for Android
Here are the top 5 security and privacy apps you must have in your Android smartphone; have a look:
1. App lock:
This is a great app to customize privacy according to your preferences. You may not need to lock all the applications. At times, you want some applications to be accessible on all occasions. Say for instance, if you are handing over your phone to your kid to play games but you may not want him to access your Gallery. So this application is an easy solution.
You can simply lock the applications you want. The application has an user friendly interface. You can set a password or a pattern for the applications you want to lock. Whenever you install a new application on your device, App locker asks if you want to lock it. You can also enable or disable lock for any of the existing applications anytime.
Note: This app has been discontinued.
2. Signal Private Messenger:
We share a lot over messengers. These might include business documents and personal information. But there’s always a possibility of such information being accessed by unscrupulous people. Single Private Messenger is the messenger on which you can share anything and it will remain between you and the person you are sending it to.
No log or record will be maintained even on the server this makes it one of the best privacy apps. To use this application, you need not create any separate username, password or display name. It will simply use your phone number to create an account. You can also create groups with your friends and can enjoy complete privacy whenever you are sending documents, texts, etc. over.
3. Orbot: Proxy with Tor:
We use smartphones for online shopping, banking, third party transactions and sundry other things. Have you ever been surprised to see that a product which you have viewed once and features as an Ad on almost any site you visit? This is because you leave digital footprints behind when you surf on the Internet. To avoid this, you need an anonyms environment to browse.
This app empowers other apps to use Internet without compromising your privacy. It gives you three-layer protection and blocks your personal information from becoming public. While using Orbot: Proxy with Tor all users appear identical to the server which conceals their identity. When you start browsing your information, your preferences are encrypted and is decrypted only when it reaches the intended destination.
4. App Ops:
Installing and uninstalling applications on your Android device is an ongoing process. Some applications on our phone use the resources which they are not supposed to use.
For example, if Google maps on your phone is using location then its fine but if it is using contacts then it is not quite right. In the same way, many other apps use resources which they are not supposed to. By using “App Ops” you can restrict such apps from using all such resources. For these applications you can manually manage the access permissions.
Note: This app has been discontinued.
5. Incoming call lock:
By using app lockers, you can lock your contacts and phone as well but what about incoming calls. If you want all the incoming calls on your phone should be taken by you only, you can protect your incoming calls with a password.
Incoming Call Lock is so efficient that no one will not even be able to see the caller name or phone number without entering the password. With this app, you will be able to lock calls for individual contacts.
So these were the best privacy apps for android. These 5 apps will make your smartphone privacy top notch. Let us know if you would like to know more about any specific app category for your iphone and Androids.