Apple iPhone AppsYour iPhone has quickly become a positively integral part of your life. You use it to make phone calls, take pictures, send email, update social networks, and do all sorts of other things. It really is scary to think about what would happen if it fell into the wrong hands and that is why it’s of paramount importance that you consider installing some iPhone security apps to keep your mobile device safe.

These security apps are quite different from the home security apps that you may already use to keep tabs on your house. Instead, they’re designed to keep your iPhone safe from hackers and thieves, including those who are physically present and those who are out there on the Internet.

Lookout Mobile Security

Locate Your Lost iPhone with Lookout

Locate Your Lost iPhone with Lookout

Download from iTunes: Free

We previously featured the Android version of this app, but Lookout for the iPhone works in fundamentally the same way. You can use it to locate your missing iPhone if you happen to forget it at the coffee shop, you can use it to back up all your data, and you can even get your phone to sound a loud alarm if you think it’s still nearby and you can’t find it.

KeepSafe Photo Vault

KeepSafe Hides Private Photos

KeepSafe Hides Private Photos

Download from iTunes: Free

Do you have friends who have a habit of thumbing their way through your photo gallery to see if they can find any funny or incriminating pictures? There are other iPhone security apps that you can use to block access entirely, but what KeepSafe does is hide some of your more embarassing pictures behind easy-to-use PIN security. If you use the “private camera” feature, then your new pictures will automatically be saved to the private gallery rather than going to the regular photo gallery first.

Dot Lock Secure

Alternative Lock Screens with Dot Lock

Alternative Lock Screens with Dot Lock

Download from iTunes: $0.99

Most people would agree that while “Slide to Unlock” is convenient, it also represents a pretty big security risk on the iPhone. That’s why so many people opt for a PIN on the lock screen, but even that can be foiled. Dot Lock gives you several other options for the lock screen; two are included and eight more premium locks can be purchased. If you’ve ever used the “pattern lock” on an Android device, then you’ll enjoy this app for the iPhone. The app can also email break-in reports with GPS and photo information.

Webroot SecureWeb Browser

Webroot SecureWeb iPhone Browser

Webroot SecureWeb iPhone Browser

Download from iTunes: Free

The default Safari browser on the iPhone does the job, but it may not be the most secure option. Webroot SecureWeb is said to be the “most advanced” web browser for iOS devices, blocking malicious sites automatically and allowing you to shop and bank securely. When you look for websites through a search engine, Webroot can also tag the individual results by indicating whether they are a known safe site or a known threat.

Hotspot Shield VPN

Secure Web Browsing with VPN iPhone App

Secure Web Browsing with VPN iPhone App

Download from iTunes: Free

There’s a good chance that you’ve used a “free” Wi-Fi access point at some point in your life. This might have been at a coffee shop, library, airport, or any number of other locations. JiWire is a good app for that purpose, but these free Wi-Fi hotspots can be very insecure. This app protects you with a VPN (virtual private network) that hides your IP address and stops unwanted tracking. It’ll even compress your mobile data to save you on your monthly charges.

Kapersky Parental Control

Parental Controls by Kapersky

Parental Controls by Kapersky

Download from iTunes: Free

So, you’ve decided to hand your iPhone or iPad over to the kid so he can watch some funny Spongebob Squarepants videos, only to discover that little Jimmy has navigated to a website that isn’t quite so kid-friendly. Parental controls can be incredibly important, both for this reason and for security. The SafeBrowser from Kapersky filters out inappropriate content, even blocking unsavory results from the search engines.

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