iPhone security apps

iPhone security apps

An iPhone can be a powerful tool to help you manage your business while on the go. Its versatility and portability can help you stay connected and productive through the end of the workday, no matter where you are. But business users beware: The same features that make your iPhone so useful also open you up to a litany of security risks.

Smartphone security is no joke, especially if you handle sensitive company data or client information. Every iPhone business user should take a few basic security measures, such as setting a lock screen PIN — that is, unless you own a new fingerprint-sensing iPhone 5S. But you shouldn't stop there. Here are five easy-to-use apps you can install to make your iPhone more secure.

mSecure ($9.99)

mSecure ($9.99)
Creating and maintaining secure passwords for all of your Web accounts isn't easy. It's tempting to use the same password, or small variations of the same password, for every website. That's a big risk for an average user, and a potential fiasco for a business user. The mSecure app for iPhone is a powerful password manager that creates encrypted passwords for every account you access using your phone, then stores them so you only have to remember a single master password when logging into one of your accounts. The app can even be set to wipe your passwords from its memory if a thief tries to guess your master password too many times. Don't worry — mSecure automatically backs your passwords up to a secure server so you can restore them later.

SplashID (Free)

SplashID (Free)
Think of SplashID as a secure locker on your iPhone where you can store any sensitive data you want. Once you access the app using a secure master password, you can view and edit confidential records. SplashID offers a worry-free way to store usernames, passwords, credit card data, account numbers, registration codes or any other sensitive business information on your iPhone. You can keep your data organized in customizable categories and access your most-viewed files quickly. Like other data security apps, it automatically backs up your files to the cloud.

Pocket Cloud ($14.99)

Pocket Cloud ($14.99)
Pocket Cloud is a pricey but effective solution for business users who need a quick and secure way to connect to a work PC or Mac remotely from their iPhones. With this remote desktop solution, you can access the files and applications you need in order to stay productive when you're away from the office. That includes Microsoft Outlook, Word and even Photoshop. PocketCloud is even optimized for the iPhone's small screen, and features enterprise-grade security with 128-bit encryption. Users can also upgrade to a premium account to get advanced features such as faster file browsing and remote printing.

Confide (Free)

Confide (Free)
The new iPhone app Confide, which has been called "Snapchat for business," offers an innovative way for business users to securely send and receive short messages. To keep your messages private, Confide does two things: First, like the popular picture-messaging app Snapchat, Confide messages are deleted automatically after they are read. Second, the text of each Confide message is initially blocked out. To read a message, users need to swipe over its text to reveal a few words at a time. This feature prevents anyone from taking a screenshot of the entire message. Sending a confidential business message with Confide is as painless as sending a regular SMS text message, and it's much more secure.

Find My iPhone (Free)

Find My iPhone (Free)
The possibility that your iPhone could be lost or stolen is a nightmare scenario for business users, especially if your phone stores sensitive data or passwords. The easy-to-use Find My iPhone app from Apple should be mandatory for every business user. With this app, you can remotely lock your phone and attempt to locate it by activating its ringer, even if it has been manually silenced. If your phone is out of earshot, you can use the Find My iPhone app to track the physical location of your iPhone on a map using its built-in GPS sensor. As a last resort, you can even remotely wipe your phone's memory. If that happens, you may have to purchase a new phone, but at least your business data will be safe.