8 Technology Apps Everyone Should Use

Author: Craig Pollack Date: Jul 31, 2018 Topics: IT Services

Technology applications (technology apps) for smartphones and other mobile devices have become a part of everyday life for many users. The broad category of “mobile apps” can include tech apps for iPhone, Android devices, Windows, and other platforms.

There are many tech applications — with options ranging from recreational apps and fitness apps to entertainment and professional apps. In fact, there were 2.1 million iOS mobile apps available in the Apple App Store for iPhones, iPads, or both as of March 2018. And, that’s just Apple — Google Play is reported to have 3.6 million mobile apps available in its virtual store. While there may be some overlap between the two platforms, there also are apps that are created for just one platform or the other.

As IT services and IT security experts, we’ve put together a list of our favorite technology apps. We based our list of mobile apps on the usefulness of the tech apps, as well as the protections and data that they offer users when they’re on the go.

FPA’s List of 8 GREAT Technology Related Apps

1. Genius Scan

This mobile app is a self-proclaimed “scanner in your pocket.” Available on iOS and Android, Genius Scan is a free tech app that has a 4.7 out of 5-star rating on the Apple Store and Google Play. One of the best apps to use at no cost, it allows you to quickly scan documents when you are on-the-go and send them as PDFs or JPEG image files.

2. Lookout

Lookout is one of the best apps for safety and identity protection that is available for free in the Apple Store or on Google Play. The mobile app includes a variety of features, including Safe Wi-Fi for safe connecting while on the go, a breach report, theft alerts, and identity theft monitoring, among others.

3. Downdetector

Downdetector is a free technology related app that provides real-time uptime and status monitoring for more than 3,300 services in 25 countries. It enables users to identify websites that are experiencing downtime, online banking issues, and even telecommunication outages. Available in the Apple Store and on Google Play, the tech app on each platform has a 2.5 out of 5 and a 3.1 out of 5-star rating, respectively.

4. Speedtest by Ookla

Speedtest is one of the tech apps for iPhone (and other iOS devices) or Android devices that enables users to perform an internet speed test. With a rating of 3.8 out of 5 stars, this technology app helps users of all backgrounds, including IT services professionals, understand their internet ping, upload, and download speeds, mobile carrier coverage maps, and more.

5. Mirroring Assist / Mirroring 360

Have you found yourself in a meeting or situation where you needed to share your screen but couldn’t? This mobile tech app, Mirroring Assist, works in conjunction with Mirroring360 screen mirroring software (which is sold separately) to allow you to do just that. Mirroring Assist enables you to discover and connect more easily from your iOS devices to a Windows or Apple Mirroring360 receiver computer through the use of a Mirroring ID or QR code. Both the Mirroring Assist and Mirroring360 tech apps are available for download through the Apple Store and Google Play.

6. Eero

Eero is a highly useful mobile app that enables users to manage their home Wi-Fi (if they're using the Eero Wi-Fi system). Available in the Apple Store and on Google Play, this is one of those tech apps that is quick to set up and performs automatic updates and enables you to monitor your network from virtually anywhere.

7. Umbrella

Umbrella is one of those great iPhone apps that speeds up your web browsing navigation. However, it’s precisely that — an app that’s only available in the Apple Store for iOS devices (various models of iPhones and iPads). This mobile tech app allows users to browse the internet faster and while consuming less device battery life and data. It comes equipped with a content blocker that filters ad content.

8. Duo Mobile

Duo Mobile is one of the best apps on our list. It is a reliable mobile tech app that works with Duo’s two factor authentication/dual factor authentication (2FA/DFA) service to make users’ logins more secure. Available in the Apple Store and on Google Play, this mobile app can generate passcodes for login, as well as receive push notifications for one-tap authentication.

We hope that you find this list of tech apps useful for the next time you’re on the go and need a mobile app that meets your technology needs.What other tech apps for iPhone (or another smartphone or mobile device) would you add to this list, and why? Share your thoughts in the comments section below or shoot us an email if you’d like to chat about this in more detail.

Where does your business stand concerning its IT services and IT infrastructure? See if your technology makes the grade with FPA’s Technology Report Card. This free resource will help you evaluate the status of your organization’s technology to determine whether it is at risk of attack or failure.   

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Craig Pollack

Craig Pollack

Craig is the Founder & CEO of FPA Technology Services, Inc. Craig provides the strategy and direction for FPA, ensuring its clients, business owners, and key decision makers leverage technology as efficiently and effectively as possible. With over 30 years of experience building the preeminent IT Service Provider in the Southern California area, Craig is one of the area’s leading authorities on how small to mid-sized businesses can best leverage and secure their technology to achieve their business objectives.