*Password Secure Manager
*Password on applications
Despite the fact that iOS, which runs the iPhone, is an extremely secure operating system, sometimes the effectiveness of this indicator needs to be improved. This is especially true if the smartphone from Apple is used by more than one person, and in this case you should resort to blocking applications whose data should be hidden from outsiders. Let’s consider specialized software that solves this problem.
Note: The App Store has many apps that are supposed to lock the apps installed on your iPhone, but in fact, almost all of them do something different. Some hide or disguise shortcuts, others protect only passwords and logins, multimedia content and/or documents, and some even talk about a standard iOS function. And still, when used skillfully, they can provide a proper level of personal data security.
Password Secure Manager
An effective software solution, which is primarily designed for secure storage of credentials, notes, addresses and payment instruments (cards, bills), at least if we talk about its free version. To prevent unauthorized access, complex generated passwords are used, which are additionally protected by a master password set directly on the Password Secure Manager startup (Touch ID and/or Face ID can also be used). Cloud backup and synchronization with iCloud is implemented, and the number of records that can be denied access is not limited in any way (in the full version).
The program under consideration allows you to hide logins and passwords from accounts, but to do this you will need to specify them yourself in its menu. At the same time, remember that this method of signing in applications with no sign-in form does not work, and if there are any, you will need to sign out of those applications manually every time (with the exception of banking clients and payment services, which are often protected by default). Password Secure Manager is payable, and you can purchase both its full version and access to its individual features. The latter include the ability to hide and block applications, which is of interest to us in this article.
This product is a virtual safe (that’s how the developers position it) for storing files of different types, documents and personal information. This application lets you secure photos and videos, address book contents, notes, browser, backups, as well as logins and passwords used to sign in to various applications and services. All of this can be stored locally, but you can “send” the data to the cloud for increased protection and to allow access to the data from different devices. The software solution includes a private web browser that allows you to surf the Internet without leaving any traces, and has its own viewer that supports common multimedia and document formats.
The App Password can use a PIN or picture (lock), Touch ID or Face ID to deny access to certain content and programs. There is a useful feature to record hacking attempts, when the front camera of the smartphone takes a photo of a potential intruder and his actions are saved in a security log. This app can be used for free, but then you have to put up with file limits, no cloud syncing, and no reports. If these features are essential to you, you will have to subscribe.
A program that allows you to lock access to photos, videos, documents and apps by protecting them with a pin, Touch ID or Face ID. Data placed in the virtual storage, depending on their type, you can hide them from the general media library (files) or the home screen (software) if you want. In this case, they will be launched only through the Locker interface. Locker also allows you to create encrypted notes and save usernames and passwords for sites and services.
The considered software solution, as almost all presented in our review, is distributed on a subscription basis, and in order to get acquainted with its functionality you must agree to a 7-day trial period. Not only that, but the fact that Locker is no better than the standard iOS features, except that it allows you to use them in a slightly more convenient form – in fact, it is a slightly improved analogue of the “Screen Time” function should be counted among the disadvantages.
A software for secure storage of multimedia and credentials, documents, and funds. Use PIN, Touch ID, or Face ID to protect your entire gallery or individual content such as photos, videos, or individual albums and to hide or delete it from your device if necessary. In addition to protecting individual directories and files, Folder Lock stores logins and passwords from sites and services, Wi-Fi access points, credit card and account information, and scanned copies of documents. Additional features include a built-in task scheduler, a note-taker, and the ability to create secret groups in Contacts and send them to participants by SMS. It also includes a secure browser.
In essence, this program is something between Password Secure Manager and Locker, but the ability to directly lock applications in the literal sense of the phrase is not available here. With it, you can reliably protect absolutely all personal data and important content, but not software, and to do that you will not only have to put up with the English-language interface, but also purchase the full version. The cost of the latter is comparable to a monthly or even weekly subscription to most of the solutions discussed above and below, and therefore looks much more tempting, since it is paid for in one time.
Often it is necessary to restrict access to certain applications not to outsiders, but exclusively to children, and in this case a great solution would be parental control tools. Kidslox is one of those, but just like Locker, it skillfully exploits the basic iOS features available since version 12, simply providing them in a more convenient form. With this program parents can block unwanted applications and sites (there is a large list of potentially dangerous and harmful web resources, which can easily be supplemented manually), social networks and games, restrict and even prohibit access to the Internet, make it impossible to pay. In addition the screen time setting is available – you can not only set a general limit, but also make a schedule for each individual application.
Kidslox is available in two versions – one of them installed on the iPhone (or iPad) of the parent, the other – on the device of the child. The first not only sets all the parameters, but also provides further control, obtaining and studying statistics, as well as switching between available modes. There are three of them available – parental (allows to use all applications), child (blocks only unwanted applications) and lock mode (denies access to all third-party applications). The program has a three-day evaluation version, after which you have to choose your preferred subscription option.
According to the developers, this is the leading app for storing photos, videos and personal data. As you can understand from this description, it, like the Locker and Folder Lock discussed above, does not solve our current problem, but still allows you to deny access to the most important content on the iPhone – the media library and electronic documents. In addition, Keepsafe can store scanned copies of documents (passport, driver’s license, etc.) and bank cards. All this is protected by a PIN-code and / or authorization by fingerprint or face, and the data itself is securely encrypted. Different types of content can be organized into folders and photos into albums, and you can set separate passwords for them.
Keepsafe has a useful function of backup and synchronization with the proprietary cloud, which allows not only guaranteed to save important data, but also in principle remove them from the mobile device, leaving only in a cloud safe, thus freeing up space in memory. The application can be used for free, but to get access to cloud storage, a space optimization tool, the ability to lock individual albums and restore data from backups will require a subscription.
“Safe for Photo” contains a built-in browser for safe surfing on the Internet and a note taker for storing personal data. Protection of the program itself is provided by a complex master password, and any unauthorized attempts to launch, as well as opening folders created with it, are fixed by the built-in tool (a photo of the potential attacker is taken), similar to how it happens in “Application Password”. Unfortunately, to use any of the above features, as well as to get the possibility of cloud data synchronization, you will need to subscribe. You can evaluate all of this in a three-day trial version.
We looked at several software solutions that provide the ability to lock apps, files, personal and account data on the iPhone. At the same time, the task mentioned in the title of this article can be solved not only with the help of Password Secure Manager, Application Password, Locker, and Kidslox, but also with standard iOS tools, as we wrote about in our separate article earlier.