In this day and age of near-Orwellian connectivity, technology, and surveillance, you might begin to wonder just how safe you really are. Are your devices protected from prying eyes? And have you really done everything you can to secure your home against intrusion or robbery? If you’re curious to find out just how secure your networks, devices, and home really are, then here are just a few iPhone apps that can help you to find the holes and button them up.
- Wyse PocketCloud. Some forms of security are necessarily virtual in this day and age, but just because this app protects your connection doesn’t mean it lacks real-world security value. If you’re worried about accessing your home of office computer remotely, this handy app can put your mind at ease via a secure cloud that can house everything you would normally store on your computer (from files and photos to Word and Outlook). So if you’re looking for a secure virtual desktop, this app delivers. Try it for free or get the Pro version for $14.99.
- SplashID. These days it seems like it’s all too easy for hackers to gain access to your many online accounts and use them fraudulently. If you’d like to avoid this distressing scenario, think about downloading this app that helps you to create (and store) usernames and passwords that will stymie hackers. You can even store URLs so that anyone tracking your keystrokes will be unable to duplicate your destinations. At $9.99 it’s a bit pricy, but you’ll almost certainly get your money’s worth.
- Snap. If you ever wondered how easy it would be for others to access your networks and devices, this app will probably scare the crap out of you for just a buck ninety-nine. It auto sweeps networks within range to deliver information about devices that are logged on, including servers, routers, phones, and so on, along with network names, IP addresses, and any other info it can garner. Although it may frighten you to see how many people have access to your network, the upside is that you can get an idea of the kind of security you need to install. Plus, it lets you access other open networks when you’re out.
- Alarm.com. If you have a home alarm system (like Vivint or ADT) that offers wireless monitoring options, this handy (and free) app will let you control the system (turn on and off alarm zones, lights, electronics, and even the thermostat) and it will send you alerts when alarm zones are triggered (whether they’re scheduled or not). It will even alert you when you forget to arm the alarm for too long (like when you’re on vacation). That’s what you might call a fail-safe security system.
- EyeSpyFX apps. There are a number of apps to choose from depending on the hardware you use, with options for D-Link, Linksys, Panasonic, Vivotek, or even your trusty webcam. Each one will run you $4.99, but you probably only need the one that’s compatible with your cameras. The gist of the app is that you can use your iPhone to remotely monitor cameras placed…well, anywhere; at your home, office, or other locales. With up to 100 possible views to choose from (meaning up to 100 cameras), you’ll have eyes everywhere. Short of installing multiple alarm systems, this could be the best way to feel safe within your own walls (or ensure security even when you’re away).
Thanks to Evan Fischer for this quest post. He is a freelance writer and part-time student at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California.