Most smartphones do not protect your privacy by default. This is because they don’t have built in security to secure your device from unknown people. Fortunately, there are some apps that can do the job for free. One of these apps is Hexlock app and photo vault, that can prevent unauthorized access to applications and pictures on your smartphone. Here is a quick look at what it can do.
How to protect your device from unauthorized access
Set up a pin, password or pattern
The first time you open the application, you need to choose the type of security credential that you want to apply. You should go for a complex pin, password or pattern. The app would also show you an option of "none”, that you can choose if you don't want to employ any security credential. After setting the desired pass code, you would need to enter an email so that if at some point you forget the password, you have the possibility to recover it.
Lock desired applications
After setting the email, you can lock selected apps. Just log in to the app locker and select the desired apps that you want to lock.
Secure photos and videos
You can also protect your videos and favorite pictures from unwanted eyes. You can also take videos and pictures using the application’s secure interface, or browse through pictures the built in secure browser.
There is also a wireless option to upload images from your computer to your smartphone . All you need to do is turn on the wifi, enter the IP address into your personal computer's browser, and you can easily transfer the pictures to or from the application.
Backing up to the Cloud
You can also use the app to backup locked pictures and/or files to your Dropbox. This gives you easy remote access to your secured data.
Seeing who tried to hack your phone
The app can also help keep track on who tried to access your phone in your absence. It can capture the picture of the culprit using the phone’s front camera. You would then be able to see who, and at what time, tried to access your phone.
If you want to comfort a persistent partner or a nosey friend, you can use the decoy mode. With the help of this feature, you can create a fake login, if someone is continuously persuading you to show you have locked away on your phone, you can just login with your fake login and they will see an empty application.
These days, mobiles are used not only to communicate, but also to browse and share. While some of the apps are for entertainment purposes others have critical information in them. Hence it is sometimes crucial that you secure your phone to protect it from unauthorized access.