5 Apps that fend off the snoopers

Mobile & tablets

by Ben Sullivan| 23 January 2014

Want to stop Facebook taking over your Wi-Fi or the NSA from reading your texts?

Following the NSA-snooping Snowden revelations last year, mobile communications privacy has become a hot topic. Check out these apps below for ways to protect your data from unwanted snoopers.



This Android app monitors other apps on your smartphone for signs of snooping, and the claims to stop them. This is a very reassuring app, especially as people have noticed that the Facebook Android app has started to request control over Wi-Fi aerials with no warning or explanation.


Confide is an iPhone app that offers self-deleting messaging, pretty much like the time-sensitive service Snapchat provides. Messages appear line by line to prevent 'snoopers' being able to take screenshots of the whole conversation.


Another iPhone app that's also available on Android and PC, Lastpass provides a secure way to create and store secure passwords, which can help to stop you from reusing the same passwords over and over again. This is a common problem, as once a cybercriminal has one of your passwords, it is likely to be able to gain access to other profiles you own. Keep your passwords tricky and varied!


This Android app allows users to send voice messages and texts protects by the very secure 256-bit AES encryption approved by the US government for "top secret" communications.

Silent Text

From Silent Circle, whose encrypted email service was shut down last year by the US government, this encrypted text service offers peace of mind that your SMS communications will be tough to crack. There is a 'burn notification' for a recall of the Silent Text you did not mean to send or to dissolve any and all traces of the text message.

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