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    Six Free Apps That Boost Your iPhone’s Security

    iPhone users often forget that the iPhone is vulnerable to cybersecurity threats, not to mention theft. Once your phone has been compromised or lost, your data may be gone forever, too.

    Don’t forget the security basics: To increase your iPhone’s security, be sure to set unique, hard-to-guess passwords to different apps and sites. Be sure to use the PIN on your home screen — it’s your first opportunity for defense. Back up the data stored on your phone, including photos, contact information and documents, so that if your phone is lost or stolen, your data isn’t gone with it. And routinely update your iPhone with all new OS patches.

    Be sure to only download apps from trusted sources. Read up on the reviews and check the link to the company website to be sure of its legitimacy. With that in mind, check out these six apps that provide additional security features for your iPhone.

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    Click through for six apps that can help keep your iPhone secure.

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    Kaspersky Safe Browser  filters out malware-laden links and phishing scams while you securely surf from your iPhone.

    Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Optimized for iPhone 5.

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    Wickr is a messenger app that allows users to send other users highly encrypted messages that self destruct and leave no trace.

    Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Optimized for iPhone 5.

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    Norton Snap QR Code Reader  lets users read those QR codes that appear on everything from soft drink bottles to signage, and then inspect the URL for anything suspicious before visiting the site.

    Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Optimized for iPhone 5.

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    Hotspot Shield VPN protects your identity and your phone by encrypting traffic while you use a Wi-Fi hotspot. It also uses bandwidth compression, so your data usage is reduced.

    Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Optimized for iPhone 5.

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    Clueful analyzes installed apps and identifies privacy issues. It tells you which of your apps sends data back to the company, which one drains the battery most, and which apps could expose your identity to others.

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    Kryptos Secure VoIP call service provides “military grade AES-encrypted phone calls.” Each party must download and use the free app, but the service costs $10 per month.

    Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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