Smartphones and tablets have become such a vital part of our lives that most of us would now feel lost without them. But there are also risks in relying on our mobile devices so much. The advertising “trackers” that follow us around the web are just the start. Even more dangerous are the online scams that try to con money out of us, and malware– ridden websites that try to get hold of personal or financial data. And, of course, there’s insecure public Wi–Fi networks and hackers who attempt to break into your home or office network. So check out some of these top apps that can protect your privacy and security online.
AVAST SECURITY & PRIVACY
Free (Full version $4.99/month)
Made for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
Avast is a regular best–seller on the App Store. There’s a free version with basic security features, protecting you from malware on websites and hacking attacks on public networks. The full version is available with either a monthly ($4.99) or yearly ($19.99) subscription and adds VPN, encryption for personal photos, and the ability to monitor password breaches for your online accounts.
BRAVE PRIVATE WEB BROWSER
& VPN Free (Firewall & VPN $9.99/month)
Made for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
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It is with great sadness that we say farewell to longtime Mac|Life writer Adam Banks, who tragically passed away in November last year. What he didn’t know about Apple wasn’t worth talking about. He was in charge of our monthly Random Access Memory and we know, from the many emails we get, that it was a favorite page in the magazine. Fellow Mac|Life scribe and good friend Craig Grannell pays tribute to the man who will be sorely missed
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