Photos: 10 privacy apps that help mobile users feel safer


If you've ever worried about making purchases online, you're hardly alone--and it's a justifiable concern. All it takes is one security failure to leave your bank account or debit card information exposed to the web, and before long you find your bank account has been drained.

Privacy, available for Android and iOS, wants to help you solve that problem by putting an extra layer between you and e-commerce sites. Privacy users can generate single-use burner or merchant-specific debit cards that are pre-loaded with a fixed amount of money.

Virtual cards from Privacy are funded via a bank account or a real-world debit card and can be deleted, frozen, or refilled on demand. Best of all, it's completely free--Privacy makes its money by collecting interchange fees from the companies you use its cards with.

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Image: Pay With Privacy, Inc.

By Brandon Vigliarolo

Brandon writes about apps and software for TechRepublic. He's an award-winning feature writer who previously worked as an IT professional and served as an MP in the US Army.