Mobile security made headlines in late December with the launch of the app Haven, developed by famous whistleblower Edward Snowden. Haven turns an Android phone into a safeguard that can protect other sensitive devices — like a laptop — from physical intrusion. Left with your computer, for example, a Haven-equipped Android will scan surroundings for changes in motion and light, and send collected information about recorded disturbances to the your day-to-day cell phone.
Haven is noteworthy in that it provides added security with just the use of a mobile phone, without the need for complicated equipment installation or any other safety measures. But it is not, in fact, the only way to use your mobile phone to increase your own security.
Technology that incorporates mobile management into security systems is becoming increasingly common in the home security, car security, and cybersecurity realms. We’ve rounded up a few ways you can use your mobile phone to increase your security.
While traditional home security companies offer professional installation and monitoring services, some companies have developed DIY models that incorporate contemporary mobile technology.
Relatively new company Alarm Grid, for example, offers a security system with DIY installation that emphasizes personal mobile management. You can opt to use your cell phone as a primary mode of monitoring, and the company offers customer service assistance through phone, email and chat facilitated by the use of mobile devices.
LifeShield, another home security company which offers both professional and DIY services, is also reported to have an advanced and user-friendly app that can help you easily integrate mobile management into your home security experience.
The world of car security has also advanced past traditional car alarms in the contemporary technological age, with many companies developing creative ways to use mobile devices for automobile protection.
Car Security Pro for Android, for example, can turn an Android into a security device. (It’s sort of like Haven, but for your car.) Just download the app onto an Android that isn’t your primary cell phone, and leave it in a hidden place inside your car. The app connects to your regular cell phone, and when armed, it can send text alerts if your car is hit or stolen. The app can also call your regular cell phone to allow you to listen to activity inside in the car.
Though it requires a little bit of external hardware, the car app CarLock operates similarly. After you self-install the CarLock device, you can connect it to a corresponding mobile app. You can then receive notifications on your cell phone when your car leaves its locked location or has its engine started. The app itself is available for Android and iOS.
Mobile phones can also be integrated into your cybersecurity measures.
Many platforms that require a login — such as Facebook, for example — offer two-step authentication as an extra layer of protection against hackers. When two-step authentication is enabled, a code is sent to your mobile device after you initially login. You then must enter the code before gaining access to your account.
You can also increase cybersecurity of your own phone, of course. One of doing this is by incorporating browser plug-in apps onto your mobile device. Adamant, for example, is a Safari plug-in available for iOS that increases blocks banner ads, tracking and popovers.
[For more info on Adamant and similar Safari security upgrades, check out Six Plug-Ins For Added Safari Security.]