There are several basic actions every iPhone user should take to make the device more secure, such as setting it to auto-lock after a specified period of time, and requiring a passcode to unlock it (both can be accessed within Settings -> General), but other functionality, such as managing your passwords on the device, or implementing additional protection for sensitive files, requires the installation of third-party apps.
Still, with hundreds of thousands of iPhone applications available in the App Store, it can be a challenge to find the right solution for a given issue. What follows is a look at some key areas in which apps can help improve iPhone security, and suggestions of some specific applications that may be a perfect fit for your needs.
Several iPhone apps are available to help users manage all of their online passwords securely in one place. As long as the data is well-protected, an iPhone can be an ideal place to store and manage your passwords, since you’re likely to have the device with you no matter where you may be.
Many password management apps also offer users the ability to generate random (and strong) passwords, which is key to improving online security in general – and some also enable syncing with a PC-based solution, which serves both to back up your data and to make desktop browsing easier and more secure.
Among the wide range of options available, SplashData’s SplashID ($9.95) password manager offers a particularly comprehensive solution, including the ability to sync with the company’s desktop software ($19.95). Key features include AES and Blowfish encryption, a random password generator, and a browser plug-in for quick sign-in on your desktop.
Still, there’s not an enormous amount to differentiate SplashID from competitors, such as LastPass ($12.00/year, including cloud storage and desktop software), 1Password ($6.99, plus $39.95 for desktop software), among many others. Crucially, the three options mentioned here all offer free trials, allowing you to decide which interface you like the most.
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