Do you ever think about how much of your personal data is stored on your phone?

Most of us don’t think twice about storing passwords, names of contacts, and even credit card details. What would you do if your phone was hacked or stolen? It can be a true nightmare to recover all of that sensitive information, even if your phone is simply misplaced. To minimize these problems, it’s a good idea to download the latest security apps. Many of these are free to use, and those tools that charge a fee more than makeup for it with the peace of mind you get in return. Yet not all mobile security tools are created equally, so here’s a roundup of the latest features and all-time best.

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Avast! Mobile Security 2015

One highly ranked security tool is Avast! Mobile, which has been launched with an updated version for 2015. There’s a wide range of security features included in this free Android application, including message filtering, privacy reports, a firewall, and a Web shield to protect your device. Like the Qihoo app, you can locate and lock your device if it’s stolen. The app can also set off an alarm, notify you if someone changes your SIM card at a distance, and disguise apps that might contain any personal information.

Lookout Mobile Security

Available for both iOS and Android devices, Lookout Mobile Security is another popular security tool that performs a variety of protective functions. It protects your phone when you use unsecured Wi-Fi networks while staying on guard for malicious apps, viruses, and sketchy links. Another feature included is the ability to automatically backup your phone to protect your contacts and data. Although the most basic app is free to use, you can upgrade to a premium version if you want additional privacy scans and phishing protection features.

Qihoo 360 Mobile Safe

One of the most reliable security apps out at the moment is Qihoo’s 360 Mobile Safe, which when tested by PC Advisor spotted 99.9% of malicious apps. This almost-perfect record shows how powerful the app is in protecting your phone from invaders. Free to download and install, the app gives you notifications whenever any new apps are scanned. In addition to scanning for viruses and malware, 360 Mobile Safe includes additional features such as optimising your phone’s performance and shutting down background apps when they’re not in use. Whether you’re using more efficient Nokia Networks or a slow, unsecured network, you’ll see the difference. Finally, anti-theft features include the ability to locate and lock your phone remotely.

iHound Phone Tracking

The latest version of the iHound app may be designed to allow you to keep track of your family’s whereabouts, but it can also protect your device by tracking your phone if it’s lost or stolen. Features include an alarm, GPS tracking, and the ability to wipe your data from a remote location.

Kaspersky Mobile Security 10

Finally, you can download the latest version of Kaspersky Mobile Security, which offers all of the same features mentioned above. This includes privacy protection, parental controls, firewall protection, and phone tracking features. If your phone is stolen, you can quickly and safely wipe your device, and go into a private mode where your incoming texts and calls are hidden. This makes it extremely difficult for hackers to access any of your data.

If your life is stored in your smartphone, make sure that it’s safe from security threats by updating it with the latest security apps.