Best privacy apps

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Between what we hear the news, the internet, and quite possibly millions of different articles, it’s not exactly easy to know whether our private information can still be considered “private,” and it bothers some more than it does others, and with good reason. We realize not everything done in our personal lives is for prying eyes. Your information should be exactly that: yours. It’s not that you have to have something specific to hide in order to desire some privacy every now and again, but that you get to choose who knows what you’re doing and who doesn’t.

That’s why we’ve put together this list of some of our most favorite and trusted privacy apps. From actual private messaging to secure flashlights and encrypted storage, we have a little bit of everything for whatever it is you’re looking for!

Before we get started, we do first recommend getting an antivirus app like AVG from the Play Store. It’ll help protect your Android devices from viruses, malware, spyware, scamware, and suspicious messages. All of it is meant to keep your personal information save.

Now, without any delay, here are the best privacy apps around.

Signal Private Messenger

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If you’re looking for a private messaging app that’s actually private, look no further than Signal Private Messenger. Easy to download and use just like any standard messaging app, except that the server will never be able to access your private data. And the great thing? You won’t need a separate phone number or login info. It uses all of your existing information, just without storing or sharing it.

In Signal Private Messenger, you can also create groups (that again, are extremely secure). Send encrypted messages to several people with ease, without compromising on speed, either, because messages are delivered instantly. With Signal Private Messenger, you’ll even be able to make phone calls (anywhere, with no crazy fees, or any fees, for that matter).

Download it now: Google Play

Norton Security and Antivirus

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Many people don’t realize how important it is to have antivirus software installed even on their mobile devices. The truth is, they’re just as susceptible, and maybe at times even more vulnerable, than computers. That’s why we’re recommending Norton Security and Antivirus—because when it comes to security, Norton is a name you can trust every time.

With Norton Security and Antivirus installed on your Android device, it’ll make sure to scan your device for spyware, malware, and any hidden threats, but it has some other neat features as well. At any time, you can remotely have Norton Security and antivirus lock your device; if you’re missing your device, you can locate it, and it will block any unwanted texts or phone calls, just to name a few.

Download it now: Google Play

CM Security AppLock

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CM Security Applock is a fantastic app for locking, well, your apps. It has the ability to lock everything from your incoming calls, the Play Store, and your mobile data, all the way to even the browser, and more. If you suspect someone’s been snooping on your Android device, CM Security Applock will certainly help get your secured in no time.

Another awesome feature in CM Security Applock is the “Intruder Selfie” option. If someone has indeed been trying to access your apps while you’re away or not looking, and they end up entering the wrong passcode or they fail the fingerprint test, CM Security Applock will take a photo of them from the front camera and email it to you immediately.

Download it now: Google Play

MyPermissions Privacy Cleaner

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Not only will MyPermissions Privacy Cleaner go through each of your apps individually looking for and clearing possible threats to your security, but you’ll also be able to choose who gets to access to your personal information and who doesn’t. At the end of every scan, you’ll get a full report of what’s going on and what isn’t.

With the MyPermissions Privacy Cleaner app, you’ll have access to a dashboard where you’ll be able to see all of your apps, what permissions each one has, and what kind of information they store from you and/or threats they pose. While scanning and reports are completely free of charge, there’s options within MyPermissions Privacy Cleaner to upgrade for use of more extensive features.

Download it now: Google Play

Privacy Flashlight

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Most of us have heard about all of the flashlight app scandals, but in case you haven’t, several flashlight apps were called into question by their consumers a while ago as to why they needed so much invasive information—just to operate a light from people’s smartphones. Flashlights are a tool that every needs from time to time, and the ease of just being able to use your phone is fantastic, but who wants to worry about whether their private information is being used in the process? Not me.

That’s where Privacy Flashlight comes in. It’s one of the few flashlight apps that we trust to get the job done without poking its nose where it doesn’t belong. And, because it’s there to just do said job of lighting the way, it’s extremely small and takes up hardly any space on your phone. So if you’ve not been sure whether your flashlight apps are secure or not, we can’t recommend Privacy Flashlight enough.

Download it now: Google Play

MEGA

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Are you looking for a secure place to store or backup all of your most important files to? MEGA is a cloud-based storage app that will give you the first 50GB for free (after that you can buy more if need be). For your utmost privacy, MEGA is sealed tighter than Fort Knox and is completely encrypted, so your private information will never be accessible even by the developer.

With the MEGA app, you’ll be able to store all of your photos, downloads, and files, all while still being able to share them if need be. And if you ever need to delete any of those things, you can do so from just about any device anywhere. And to be extra sure of MEGA’s security, it’s easy to check out their source code, but they also only require three permissions: external storage, contacts, and camera.

Download it now: Google Play

Closing

Whether you’re just taking precautionary measures or you’re looking to make sure you’re as you can possibly be, we sure hope this list gave you a couple of new apps to try out.


About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.


  • Amamiya Hotaru

    Surprised no mention of AppLock. I would add AppLock to the list. It is very useful to hide your personal photos and videos and lock apps against prying eyes with password, pattern and fingerprint.

    • cocobanana

      I’m surprised Threema isn’t mentioned. In contrast to Signal, it can be used without providing a phone number.