It wasn’t too long ago that shopping actually required people to get off the couch and fight through crowds at the mall. That isn’t the case anymore. In fact, online shopping is easier than ever. Just last week I bought two pairs of jeans and a couple shirts, all within a matter of minutes, by using my smartphone.
While shopping online certainly saves valuable time, it’s not always safe. According to LifeLock, a leader in identity theft protection, 11.6 million Americans were victims of identity theft last year, with a large percentage of cases taking place online. Luckily, there are apps that can help prevent identity theft. With the holiday season in full swing, check out some of these apps to make sure your transactions are safe and secure.
GotYa! Anti-Theft Protection
Available on the Android Marketplace, GotYa! is consistently ranked among the best anti-theft apps. For $1.99, you get a lot of cool features that help keep your information safe. You have the ability to locate any smartphone or tablet once the app is installed. If one of your devices is stolen, the app can be enabled to take a picture of whomever accesses the device. With the ability to track any device, thieves will have a very limited time to steal any of your information.
Another great app available for Android users, Cerberus allows you to take control of your phone in the event it is lost or stolen. The app gives you the ability to access the phone remotely from anywhere using Cerberus’ website. You can also send commands to the phone via text message. If you believe someone else has possession of the phone, you can wipe the memory and the SD card with a few clicks. For $2.99, Cerberus has you covered.
Free to iPhone users, AllClear ID can be used for a variety of purposes. The app includes more than 20 identity protection methods that will alert you if it detects any usage of your personal information outside your normal activity. Instead of finding out that someone has your credit card number when you get an inflated bill, AllClear ID will notify you immediately, greatly decreasing your chances of being responsible for the delinquent charges.
mSecure Password Manager
When it comes to online activity, you most likely have a lot of passwords to remember. Bank accounts, email addresses and cell phone plans are all examples of accounts that require a password to log in. The mSecure Password Manager protects all of your passwords and also generates random passwords for you to use on new accounts or to update old ones. The app can be yours for $4.99.
This app is compatible with both iPhones and Androids. You’ll get instant access to identity theft resolution tips and also the ability to call the Identity Theft Resolution Team if you’ve got any questions. ProtectMyID will notify you if it detects that your Social Security number, credit or debit card numbers are being used online.
There you have it. These five apps can help protect your identity. ‘Tis the season to shop; why not make sure your identity is safe so you can do your shopping from the comfort of your own couch?
Has anyone out there used any of these apps? Let us know in the comments below!