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8 Security & Privacy Apps to Share With Family and Friends

Mobile apps to recommend to the people in your life who want to improve their online security and privacy.
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Prey
Both iPhone and Android devices come with built-in measures to track a lost or stolen phone. Prey Security aims to build on those capabilities with tools that make it easier to track and recover a lost smartphone, tablet, or laptop, as well as the data on it.
The app lets you configure 'control zones,' or specific areas on a map the device shouldn't leave. Each zone can be configured with security measures -- for example, a lock -- that activate when a device moves in or out of it. If a device is missing, you can lock the screen remotely, send an alert to contact the owner, or set off an alarm that will 'ring like gangbusters,' so you should hear it if the stolen phone is nearby.
When a device goes missing, Prey generates a report that includes GPS tracking coordinates, active nearby Wi-Fi locations, and hardware information about the device (IP, MAC address, and serial number) to confirm it's yours. When available, it'll also snap a picture of the perpetrator.
Pricing: A free plan lets you track up to three devices in a single control zone, take basic security actions, and receive evidence reports, though you don't receive data protection or reactive security. Prey also has a personal plan ($5/month, three devices), home plan ($15/month, 10 devices), and enterprise plans for corporate devices.
Find it on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
(Image: Prey via the Apple App Store)

Prey

Both iPhone and Android devices come with built-in measures to track a lost or stolen phone. Prey Security aims to build on those capabilities with tools that make it easier to track and recover a lost smartphone, tablet, or laptop, as well as the data on it.

The app lets you configure "control zones," or specific areas on a map the device shouldn't leave. Each zone can be configured with security measures -- for example, a lock -- that activate when a device moves in or out of it. If a device is missing, you can lock the screen remotely, send an alert to contact the owner, or set off an alarm that will "ring like gangbusters," so you should hear it if the stolen phone is nearby.

When a device goes missing, Prey generates a report that includes GPS tracking coordinates, active nearby Wi-Fi locations, and hardware information about the device (IP, MAC address, and serial number) to confirm it's yours. When available, it'll also snap a picture of the perpetrator.

Pricing: A free plan lets you track up to three devices in a single control zone, take basic security actions, and receive evidence reports, though you don't receive data protection or reactive security. Prey also has a personal plan ($5/month, three devices), home plan ($15/month, 10 devices), and enterprise plans for corporate devices.

Find it on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

(Image: Prey via the Apple App Store)

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