You have some personal information you want to keep on your phone for future use. Maybe it’s a password or a list of passwords, or maybe you’re just trying to prevent someone from accessing your private photos. As you can imagine, it’s important to make sure this information is encrypted so nobody can access it and steal your personal information. So what are the best encryption apps for Android?
1. Enpass Password Manager and Vault
Enpass Password Manager is a really great password manager app that’s designed with privacy in mind. It has a ton of features, like support for over 150 different apps, fingerprint locks, cloud syncing, and even a built-in browser that supports auto form filling. The best part is that it’s completely free to use without any ads or in-app purchases. You can grab it from Google Play right now.
2. Cryptonite by Zvelo LLC
Cryptonite is another awesome app for encrypting your files on your phone so nobody can access them without the decryption key. It’s simple to use and has some great features, including the ability to secure your SD card, hide the app in your phone’s settings menu, and add a decoy password to throw off anyone who might try to break into your phone. You can grab it from Google Play right now.
3. Cerberus by Cerberus Applications Pty Ltd
Cerberus is another great mobile security app that offers a ton of features for free including remote tracking, locking, and wiping; anonymous notifications; scheduled backups; real-time GPS location tracking; and PIN code protection. Additional features such as call blocking, SIM card cloning detection, and SMS message encryption will cost you $10 per year after the first year is up. It’s available on Google Play right now .
4. Lockit! by Appknox LLC
Lock it! is a very popular mobile security app that includes remote locking, wiping, and tracking; anonymous alerts; SIM card cloning detection; anti-theft protection for your camera and microphone; and PIN code protection. Additional features include automatic backup of your messages to the cloud, SMS message encryption, call blocking, and GPS tracking. It’s available on Google Play right now .
5. Anti Theft Alarm by Boom Mobile Security Ltd
Anti Theft Alarm is another great free mobile security app that offers the same basic functionality as other apps in this list including remote control functions such as locking & wiping as well as anonymous notifications of theft or loss via email or text message. It also includes the ability to lock certain apps with a passcode so they can’t be accessed by anyone but you. It’s available on Google Play here .
6. Lookout Mobile Security by Lookout, Inc.
Lookout is another one of the most popular free mobile security apps out there today and it contains a lot of great features including anti-theft measures like remote locking and wiping your device, GPS tracking, call & text message blocking, and SMS message encryption. You can also remotely locate your missing phone via a map and get anonymous notifications if your phone is lost or stolen. The app requires Android 2.2 or later to work properly but it’s still worth checking out if you’re looking for an all in one security app that does everything for you without having to pay anything up front. Advertisement
Find My Phone is a free download for Android devices. Android Lost+
Android Lost+ is an app that allows you to track your Android phone’s location via GPS and also remotely lock and wipe your device in case it gets stolen. You can use the app to find out where the thief is via a Google Maps interface, and even get your phone back by initiating a loud alarm that will scare off the person holding it. The app will also let you know when someone changes SIM cards on your device or if they try to factory reset it. Android Lost+ requires Android 2.1 or later to work properly but it doesn’t cost anything up front so check it out if you’re looking for a free way of tracking down a missing Android phone .
Download Android Lost+ for free here . 4. Android Device Manager
Android Device Manager is a free app from Google that can help you locate your lost or stolen Android device via a web interface available at android.com/devicemanager . It works by logging into your Google account and then allowing you to either make your phone ring remotely, or show you its last known location on a map. The service also allows you to erase all the data on the phone if it has been stolen, and even factory reset it if required. You can also lock the screen so that nobody can access any of its content without entering an unlock code first. If there are multiple users for one device then this app will allow each user to see their own data but not that belonging to other users, and it will also allow them to remotely lock individual apps.
Once you have installed the app, you can then add devices that you want to protect and then control them from the web interface using a Google account (the same one used for the Play Store). The “Find my Phone” feature is automatically enabled when you install this app, but if you don’t want your phone or tablet to ring (or show its location on a map), then switch it off in the settings menu. The screen locking feature can be set up so that each time someone wants to access an app, they need to enter a code which is either randomly generated by the app or one of your choosing. If desired, you can also change the unlock pattern used for the lock screen. Just set a pattern, and it will be used in place of the original unlock pattern that you chose when you first set up your phone or tablet.
The app’s settings menu also allows you to enable or disable the “Find my Phone” feature, change the app’s default ringtone (if desired), and view statistics on how many times your device has been locked. The most important thing about this app is that it allows you to lock your phone or tablet remotely, which can be useful if someone else is using it without permission (and won’t give it back). It works even if they’ve turned off the screen by pressing and holding the power button for a few seconds.
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