These five iPhone apps offer you protection in a variety of situations that threaten your personal security, from walking to your car in a dark parking lot to guarding your private information against identity thieves.
RipCord Personal Security – $0.99
At 99 cents, the RipCord Personal Security app is a no-brainer. You get a powerful in-pocket alarm system that runs in your phone’s background. You can easily trigger a loud alarm to scare off an attacker, and at the same time your phone sends an email or text alert to pre-selected contacts.
If you’ve enabled geo-tracking, it will even send your current location to the friends and family you’ve entered as emergency contacts. What makes RipCord different from similar apps is that you trigger the alarm simply by pulling the plug for your ear buds or headphones.
If you don’t want the loud alarm, don’t regularly carry a pair of ear buds or want to avoid the 99-cent price for RipCord, you can download the Send Help app for free. You configure emergency contact information and enable geo-tracking with this app as well.
When you press the SOS panic button, the app sends a text message and posts your location and an emergency message on both Twitter and Facebook. Send Help quietly notifies friends and family that you’re in trouble, making it a good option if you’d like to discreetly call for help.
The annual identity fraud report from Javelin Strategy & Research indicates 12.6 million people were victims of identity theft in 2012—that’s more than 34,000 people every day. Lifelock’s identity theft protection services now come with a free app for members.
The app delivers real-time alerts to your iPhone and enables you to immediately respond when credit or banking activity isn’t coming from you.
Since early detection and response is a key way to reduce the impact of identity fraud, the ability to review your information and take action from anywhere in the world allows you to conveniently combat identity thieves.
Avoid the frustration that comes with forgetting passwords and usernames without exposing your accounts to risk. Record usernames, passwords, account numbers and other sensitive information on the free SplashID app and lock them with 256-bit Blowfish encryption.
The app even helps you generate hacker-proof passwords, and it backs up your data on a secure cloud server. Be aware, though, that while you can derive some great benefits from using the app as intended, all the functionality is not free. For example, WiFi Synch is $29.99.
Lookout Mobile Security – Free
The Lookout mobile security app can remotely locate your iPhone through the Internet on another device or computer. You can also remotely access your phone and make calls.
It will save your device’s location in case your battery dies and backup your important personal data so you don’t have to worry about a loss. It even has an alarm and notification via email in case anyone tries to tamper with it. This is a free app available via iTunes.
Guest Author: Lester is an app developer who is always the first in line for the latest smartphone release.
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