Apps that protect users' privacy

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Today, the mobile phone may be one of the greatest assets of the human being; a device that has all our data (bank, mail, images…) and facilitates access to them, would be at the mercy of any hacker. What’s more, many of us have applications that disrupt our privacy with our own consent.

This search for better data protection has led many companies to question part of its pillars, such as Google. The Internet giant has launched an order to those applications that do not meet minimum requirements, which, if not changed, will be left out of Google Play from March 15.

Facebook dominates the field of instant messaging

For some time now, SMS has passed into another life, leaving a power vacuum in which WhatsApp has achieved a domain (almost) from day one. Facebook’s purchase has helped him stay at the top with ease, as he now has more than 600 million active users.

According to Amnesty International’s latest study on the messaging applications that best protect users, Facebook is the most secure (it has WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger), while both Snapchat and Skype are heavily affected in this regard.

But it seems that the safest messaging application has emerged, so much so that it has the president of the United States as one of its users, as well as the rest of its team. Confide was created three years ago, and is now available for download in both iOS and Android free.

Among the features of this application, highlights the way of reading the messages, and that is that the text will be encrypted by opaque blocks. To unlock them, the user must keep his finger on top of these blocks one by one, so that a text greater than four lines can never be seen in a complete way or make screenshots.

Something similar happens with images, because at first they will appear blurry, but after moving the finger, the image will become sharper. Once a message has been read or an image is viewed, it will be destroyed and the application ensures that it is not stored anywhere. Signal, the app that Snowden uses, is very similar, except for this last detail (data is stored).

Unlock your mobile phone with a wink or emotion

How many different ways do you know each other to unlock a phone? Numeric passwords, patterns, fingerprints… all these options open up a huge range of help to protect our phone from other people, but Google has wanted to take a step forward with easy recognition.

FaceLock for Apps was one of the tools Google introduced a few years ago, with which we can block and unblock applications from the gestures on our face, like a wink. This Google tool has the same final function as AppLock, one of the most popular applications in terms of security, where you can password (or pattern) protect the applications you want.

But what seemed like an incredible advance with facial recognition, has become obsolete because of emotions, and as stated by the Emotional Research LAB, the market for applications that are able to measure emotions, through facial recognition, increases by 30% each year.

In this quest to find a new philosopher’s stone, Apple hit the table after disbursing more than 20 million dollars for Emotient, a company that has developed a state-of-the-art system of emotional coding. But not only the apple company has an investment in this field, Microsoft is also looking for its place with Project Oxford.

Photo gallery: because an image is worth a thousand words

The photo gallery of our phone contains a great flow of information about us, and possibly where we keep the most secrets; a place where the photos we take converge, with which we send or download from the Internet.

It seems therefore that it is vitally important to protect this folder from our mobile phone. The AppLock tool mentioned above, AppLock, can offer a fairly well accepted variant to help us better secure our photos, although there are a few more specialized ones.

KeepSafe may be number one in this section, and its methodology is quite simple: you enter a PIN that will protect all your photos and then hide them from the photo gallery so that no one has access to them. Another option is Vault, whose mechanics are very similar to KeepSafe, except for the fact that if someone enters an incorrect password, the application will automatically photograph the “gossip” with the front camera.

When you create your own application, try to provide features that increase user privacy. An app that takes care of security will allow you to increase the engagement and retention of the user. Here are some tips to help you increase user retention. By creating your application with King of App you will be able to design your own module, adding privacy features.

Which application gives you the most confidence when it comes to protecting your phone?

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