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Top 7 Android Privacy & Security Apps

Christina Craig

Christina Craig

Sep 05, 2016 · 4 min read

Having your computer or laptop secured is one of the most basic and easiest steps for all of us. We always check if we have an antivirus, and we run scans from time to time (probably less than we should).

But do we apply the same amount of scrutiny for our phones?

Most of us considered it, but rarely get around to securing out phone from hackers and other kinds of personal information theft.

So, today, we’ll look at the top 7 apps to help keep you safe and private on your Android phone.


Crypt4All Lite (AES)


This is the popular free file encryption software for Android. It allows the user to encrypt or decrypt files at will with a 256-bit AES algorithm (AES Crypt version 2).

It works by encrypting any files you want to keep safe before you move them to the cloud. Only you can then get access to those files—just remember not to share your password.


Signal Private Messenger


This app is great for making private, secure calls and sending text messages for free. It is very easy to use and provides end-to-end encryption. This means that no one will be able to listen to your phone calls.

It has no complicated set up and their servers have no access to any of your communication, nor does it store any of your data.




NordVPN’s Android version is an intuitive, easy to use, modern software that offers one of the toughest VPN security solutions in the market. The app is excellent for those consumers who love the ability to choose—and who have many demands.

This app is great for listening to your favorite streaming (but georestricted) radio stations, watching content online, or whatever else you’d use a VPN for—all on your phone. It has a strict no logs policy, quite a lot of servers, and offers live chat support 24/7 directly from your phone.


360 Security

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From developer Qihu, this app is great for detecting and neutralizing any malicious threats to your phone’s system. It is easy to use, boosts your phone, and even better, elegant and smooth to look at.

It also doesn’t come with too many features, as the lightweight (but still powerful) version is absolutely free. It promises to help protect you against malware, spyware, and other forms of threats against your system’s security.




This app is used to protect all your personal files and data—by specific preference (not all files at once). This is different from the phone’s app lock, as that will just put a lock on the phone in general. This app lets you choose which apps to put a lock on, including your SMS, Messenger, Facebook, Calls, or anything else.

That way, you don’t need to worry about a friend or family member getting into your personal files.


Avast Mobile Security

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Another antivirus program, Avast! offers great protection with an impressive variety of tools, although the best is the anti-theft feature. This allows you to control your phone by sending it an SMS message.

If your phone is stolen or lost, you can lock it, wipe it, or locate it remotely. You can even make it play a loud noise and lock the SIM card. And this is only one of the many great features this app has to offer.

You can check Avast Reviews here.


LastPass Password Manager
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We all know how important it is to have complex passwords and to have different ones for all of our accounts. That’s where LastPass comes in—it takes the burden of remembering all those convoluted passwords and puts it all in one convenient app.

You can store your login info, generate amazingly strong password storage, and so much more. And it is very dependable and reliable, so you don’t have to worry about anyone accessing your personal information. It’s all protected by a secret master password, and you can access the info from any computer and device.

Just don’t loose your LastPass password!

Did we miss any other amazing Android privacy and security apps? Let us know in the comments below!