Prior to a trip it’s not uncommon for many of us to load up our smartphone with the latest time-killer games, social or travel apps. But an essential family of apps often overlooked revolves around security. Business travelers are in a unique category due to sensitive information they may carry but all of us are more at risk when we leave home and hit the road. Here are a few essential to take with you:

Hotspot Shield: Free, Protect yourself from hackers and identity theft while using Wi-Fi hotspots (VPN encrypts all traffic); protect your identity, your IP address and stop unwanted tracking. Share and communicate privately. Keep all your web activities anonymous and private, share and communicate with your colleagues without leaving a trace. An added bonus: get access to your favorite US apps and services—Pandora, Netflix, Hulu, PBS Kids, etc. when traveling overseas. Also save on overseas data roaming charges!

Lorex Live: Free, View live, full-screen security video from your home/office security cameras, wireless security cameras, or any other security camera at any time, from where ever you are. Keeping an eye on your home/office, your kids, or even your pets will make for a much more relaxed trip.

Kryptos: Free, Kryptos is a secure, fully encrypted voice communications application. Kryptos utilizes military grade 256 bit AES encryption to encrypt voice communications before transmission using 2048 bit RSA for key exchange.Kryptos provides VoIP connectivity for secure calls over 3G, 4G and WiFi. Users will download and install the client software and must then activate their account with Kryptos.

McAfee Mobile Security: $30.00 McAfee Mobile Security is the industry-leading mobile security solution that gives you confidence to explore everything the new mobile world has to offer, and do it safely. When you select new apps, shop online, browse social networks, or use your phone for banking and payments, McAfee Mobile Security is there to protect you. Its comprehensive security that’s as simple as it is powerful.

My TSA: Free, Check approximate wait times at TSA security checkpoints at the airport of your choice and add your own wait time for others to see.Quickly search whether you can bring items with you through the checkpoint onto the airplane.Consult the TSA Guide on how to prepare for and get through the security checkpoint quickly. Watch TSA Videos on tips for a smooth travel experience.

Robert Siciliano is an Identity Theft Expert to Hotspot Shield VPN. He is the author of 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Your Identity Was Stolen See him discussing internet and wireless security on Good Morning America.Disclosures.

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