Freedome VPN
App for mobile security

Let’s face it: It’s a scary world. With data breaches and security flaws cropping up every day, it may seem like we’re all helpless in the face of hacks. But it’s important to remember that there are things you can do to protect yourself. Freedome VPN, an app from the Finnish security firm F-Secure, gives smart smartphone users an easy tool to protect their Internet traffic and, if they so choose, obscure where their own traffic is coming from with just a tap. The app also promises to protect you against attacks over mobile networks and WiFi, as well as blocking advertising trackers. Each can be turned on or off in a few steps — the iOS app has a slightly longer process, while the Android app is more or less a toggle switch.

The app is free to download, though you will have to pay after the seven-day trial period. Subscriptions cost $5 a month or $30 a year. While not a solution for everyone, it’s not a bad idea for those worried about their mobile security and willing to pay for a little safety. Free to download for iOS and Android devices, subscription needed.

Finnish security firm F-Secure’s Freedome VPN is an option for those willing to pay a little for protection. (itunes.apple.com/itunes.apple.com)

Hayley Tsukayama