Online privacy is unquestionably a hot topic of 2021. While most people are comfortable with just a passcode to lock their phones, and are keen enough to spot a dodgy email link, sometimes these aren’t enough to maintain your privacy and protect your data.

Fortunately, the Apple App Store and Google Play Store offer a range of privacy-oriented mobile apps designed to keep you safe from malicious users and dishonest services. From keeping messages secure to preventing search history from being tracked, you'll find a smartphone app for all these and more.

Secure Your Device

Popular mobile browsers like Chrome and Safari have some privacy features built-in, but there are certainly more comprehensive options available. For instance, Brave browser, available for download on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, blocks cookies, encrypts your traffic, and comes with a high-end VPN. The Android only Orbot, on the other hand, makes it easy to access the incredibly secure Tor network.

There are also search engines that respect your digital privacy. DuckDuckGo, on both Android and iOS, as well as Qwant for Android and Apple, are two examples that don’t collect cookies and avoid behavioural profiling. This means you can browse the web without encountering targeted ads or having filters placed on your online activity. Try these apps today. It won’t take long to spot the difference.

Almost everyone communicates via text, but the average text messaging app isn’t very secure. For a safer alternative, Signal offers open-source, end-to-end encryption that provides maximum protection. The secure messaging app is available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Alternatively, Telegram's Secret Chat mode is also great for securing your conversation from unwanted prying eyes.

Finally, password managers. These services help you create strong, unique passwords. They are great for keeping your information safe. Many such apps are available, with 1Password and Bitwarden widely considered as two of the best.

Find Singapore’s Best Mobile Plans at M1

Whether you use iPhone, Samsung or Xiaomi, there are many great apps that secure the data on your smartphone. Find the phone you want at M1. And remember, from cookie-free browsing to encrypted text messaging, it helps to pay attention to your online privacy.