Review

When you have your own smartphone, it is but natural that you will want to be in complete control and keep your data private. However, this might not always happen in a real world scenario. Hence, it is necessary to take some steps to ensure the same. ‘ContactShield – The #1 iPhone, iPad and cloud-based address book protection tool’ is an iOS app that has been designed to guide you with this. It is a security tool that will help you maintain your contact data safe and private.

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This iOS app is compatible with the iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone. It has been optimized for the iPhone 5, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, requiring a mere 0.7 MB of memory space and iOS 7.1 or higher versions. It is an app with a well-defined purpose that has indeed been implemented very neatly.

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If you are concerned about your data being stored by the app, then you will be happy to know that the app does not store any of your contacts data. Instead, it merely encrypts your personal data to keep it safe from any intruders. When you install the app, you will be asked to enter a password, which will henceforth serve as your encryption key. The app encrypts your contact data to hide it from prying eyes. The password you enter at first time will serve as your key for decryption. So, it would only be wise to choose a key that you can remember easily. The AES 256-bit encryption algorithm is employed, ensuring high levels of security for you. You no longer have to worry about anyone being able to access your personal data.

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This app gives you the flexibility of deciding which fields you would like to encrypt and which ones you would not. You just have to tap once to encrypt your data and then be rest assured. These field settings can be done for individual contacts too. To keep you free of hassles, standard operations on your address book, such as sending SMS, making phone calls, sending emails and the like are available through the app directly. You can add, modify or delete contacts through the app itself.

With this app, you no longer have to fear losing your contact data even if your phone is compromised. All data is stored on a cloud server, which is protected too. Additionally, the app acts as a syncing tool between all your iOS devices and your PC. This way, your contacts stay protected all the time. Any applications that make use of your address book are not allowed to access your encrypted data either. Contacts can be searched even when encrypted with the search function implemented in the app.

The app developers, WinSoftInc, have done a good job of designing a clean and straightforward interface that is extremely intuitive and easy to use. The simplicity of the design stands out indeed. Just anyone and everyone can use it without any issues. However, this app works only for contact data and does not protect messages or calls. If this feature were to be added, the app would have a unique edge. A lot of currently existing apps do this. Currently, ContactShield is available in the App Store for an offer price of $0.99.

Good: Clean interface, high level of encryption

Bad: Does not have a unique edge

Worth Having App – Download the App