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ProtonMail encrypts all mails by changing all text in a mail into a series of random characters, while AppLock+ automatically locks pre-selected apps the moment you land in a particular location or at a particular time of the day.
ProtonMail encrypts all mails by changing all text in a mail into a series of random characters, while AppLock+ automatically locks pre-selected apps the moment you land in a particular location or at a particular time of the day.

Must-download smartphone apps for March 2016

Here are some new apps for your smartphones, which provide utility, customization as well as food safety

March has been a busy month for app developers. A number of exciting new apps were launched on both Android and iOS. Windows Phone continues to play second fiddle to them with no major app launches for Microsoft’s mobile OS this month. Mobile governance seem to be the latest buzz word as a number of new apps have been launched to encourage people to help the authorities rein in food adulteration and public littering. Security and privacy is always a concern for mobile users, especially Android users. This is where Proton Mail, an encrypted email client, and AppLock+, an app that locks your apps, can come in handy.

ProtonMail

Download from: Google Play Store, Apple App Store

Price: Free

Designed for people who use their smartphone for sending and receiving critical mails, ProtonMail encrypts all mails by changing all text in a mail into a series of random characters. The text can be read by those who have the keys to decrypt it. The app has a basic interface, yet includes a variety of features such as swiping left marks a message as spam and swiping right can delete a mail. Unlike other email clients it is going to ask for two passwords—one to log into your account and the other to log into the Inbox.

AppLock+

Download from: Google Play Store

Price: Free

It automatically locks pre-selected apps the moment you land in a particular location or at a particular time of the day. The app can be unlocked with a four-digit personal identification number (PIN). In case you forget your PIN, you can set a recovery password that will allow you to set a new PIN. It can help you protect your personal data, photos, conversation with your friends on messengers and social media networks. You can also set a single PIN for multiple apps of the same category. For example, all camera and photo editing apps or all messaging apps will be clubbed together.

Udio

Download from: Google Play Store

Price: Free

Udio is a mobile wallet that allows users to send and receive money from their friends in the contact list. You can also transfer money to a bank account from the wallet itself. To make it more enticing, the wallet offers vouchers that can get you a discount on shopping or dining. The wallet isn’t just about sending and receiving money, it carries all the regular elements of a full-fledged mobile wallet, such as mobile recharge, DTH recharge and bill payment for electricity, gas and broadband service. It’s free and quite easy to use.

FssaiApp

Download from: Google Play Store

Price: Free

Adulteration in packed food is a serious health hazard. With the market flooded with new products every month, it may not be easy for the food regulator to keep track of all the products. However, with the official FssaiApp, users can report sale of any packed item not approved by FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) and help them control sale of adulterated food in the country. The app allows users to report unhygienic food served at eating joints. You can mention the exact concern, provide a description, name of the food outlet, address and pincode along with the picture.

Swachh Paryatan

Download from: Google Play Store

Price: Free

Taking forward the Swachh Bharat initiative, the government of India has come up with a mobile app, Swachh Paryatan, which encourages the public to report littering at popular tourist destinations or historical monuments. The user can send a picture along with their comments or a mention of the exact location of the littering. The app will intimate the authorities responsible for the maintenance and the complainant will receive a text message to inform them that the issue has been taken care of. If littering at a tourist centre pains you, this would at least allow you to report than just watch in dismay and criticise the authorities.

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