1. Pin Genie (Android)

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Do you ever worry about someone attempting to hack into your phone? Well, have no fear because Pin Genie is officially here. Rated as one of the BEST security applications for 2016, you will be completely blown away by all that Pin Genie has to offer. And best of all, the app is 100% FREE. There’s no monthly fee to enjoy this app—period.

So what exactly is Pin Genie? Well, to put it in the simplest terms, Pin Genie is an app that protects your phone from being hacked into by someone guessing your pin. Whether it’s a nosy boyfriend or girlfriend or even a snooping roommate, the Pin Genie app will keep all of your personal information secure. Guaranteed.

 

The application revolves around a revolutionary pin pad design that presents a unique patented key pad that shifts and changes its numerical patterns, making it difficult for someone to guess your pin code. However, for you the user, it’s just as easy to use as your normal lock screen. And better yet, it’s super simple to set up. All you need to do is download the app from the Google Play Store. Next, allow access to your phone, then input your pin and set a security question. It’s that simple! With so many applications on the market being overly complicated, it’s refreshing to find an app that thrives on simplicity.

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One of our favorite features is the way the app will take a picture of the intruder once they attempt to unlock your phone three times. This is a great asset to have if your phone is stolen because the app will email you a picture notification of the person trying to access your phone. As for leaving your phone around the house, you’ll always know who’s been trying to snoop around because you’ll get an automatic photo notification the minute you log into your phone. Pretty awesome, right?

 

Another amazing feature is the ability to essentially “brick” your phone if it’s stolen in order to deny access to your personal data. After a hacker or thief has tried to access your phone over three times, you can lock the phone remotely and make it useless to the person who possesses it. The app will also give you quick access to text messages and notifications through its state-of-the-art lock screen, so you will always know what’s going on at all times.

As for the other perks of the Pin Genie app, it offers stunning lock screen images you can choose from that are updated every two weeks and if you don’t like the selection you can customize your own. You can also set a theme for the unique lock pin pad. Our favorite was the election theme which pits Trump against Clinton. With everything this app has to offer, you can see why it ranks number one in one of the best security applications for your phone in 2016. So what are you waiting for? Download it now!

2. Pin Genie Vault (iOS)

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While we’ve already raved about the Pin Genie app, we have to discuss the iOS version for iPhone, the Pin Genie Vault. Taking your phone’s security to an entirely new level, the Pin Genie Vault goes beyond keeping your phone locked and secure by encrypting your personal files so if someone happens to bypass your pin, they can’t access sensitive information.

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The features for this app are simply too good to be true and we’re sure you’ll agree that both Pin Genie applications are the BEST of the best for 2016. So, how does the Pin Genie Vault work? Well, just like the android application, the iOS version utilizes the unique pin pad technology from Pin Genie to protect files, notes, photos and even apps by placing them in “vaults” you create. These vaults are then encrypted using AES256 technology, so even the most experienced hacker would have trouble viewing the contents within. The encryption is so powerful; you won’t be able to view the contents in Apple’s Cloud.

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Another great feature of the Pin Genie Vault is it allows you to create new content within existing vaults you’ve created and also allows you to share these encrypted files directly to other users via email and drop box. And for those of you who are looking to keep your internet searches completely top secret, the Pin Genie Vault can encrypt your search history so nosy friends or spouses won’t know what you’re looking at throughout the day.

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While the app doesn’t lock your phone like the android Pin Genie does, the way it takes the technology to the next level by allowing you to protect the contents IN your phone is absolutely astounding. And the fact it’s free is also a major bonus. We definitely recommend downloading this application for yourself, the variety of vaults you can create to keep your personal info safe is absolutely endless. You can download the app here.

3. 360 Security (Android)

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Most people don’t think that they need security protection for their smartphones however, we are living in a day in age where EVERYTHING is hackable. When it comes to Android phones, just like a computer, they can easily become susceptible to malware, viruses and identity theft. One of the best apps for all-around security for your android phone is 360 Security.

Developed by Qihue in China, this app provides the user with a file scanner, password protection, and anti-theft tools for the low, low price of absolutely free!

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The way the app works is it scans your phone for any potential threats. Then with a simple click of a button, the app will resolve all of your security issues. The application also provides you with a file clean-up feature that will help organize the data on your phone so it will run with optimum efficiency.

Personally, our favorite feature from this app the anti-theft tool which allows you to remotely access and wipe your phone from a home computer in the case your phone is stolen. Overall, 360 Security is at the top of its game and one of the best in 2016.

4. Lookout (iOS)

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If you’re looking for the ONLY all-in-one security application for your iPhone, then Lookout! is where it’s at! Lookout! is an application that helps you find your iPhone in the unfortunate case that it’s stolen. However, the application is so much more than that. For starters, the application auto-saves your last location and periodically backs up contacts. This way, you never have to worry about losing phone numbers and always have a running log of where your phone is. The app is linked with its own website, so you can access it from your computer or another device at any time.

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You can also upgrade your app to the premium version for $29.99 per year. With the premium version, you will have access to automatic photo backup and theft alerts. These features provide you with the personal relief that you will never lose precious memories and will always be notified just in case your phone ends up in the wrong hands. And although it may seem expensive for an app, the praise received in reviews this past year and from top tech sites make the price tag worth it.

5. Avast! Mobile Security (Android)

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Avast! Mobile Security is another security application for android users that provides you with the peace of mind that your personal information on your phone is safe at all times. Functioning much like an anti-virus software for your computer, this app offers an impressive range of tools for your phone for FREE. Not only will you enjoy anti-virus protection, but the app also provides you with firewall protection from malware.

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Another really neat feature of this app is the Web Shield, which scans URL’s for safety. You may not know this but some websites are actually dangerous to visit and can infect your phone with tracking software that can steal your personal information. Thankfully, this app will make sure to provide you with notifications and alert you if there is a problem with a certain site you are trying to visit. While this app falls slightly behind in the rankings (360 Security and Pin Genie are still our top two favorites) it definitely is worth a download to try out.

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