PROS: Free basic version; Encrypts all communication; Personal vault protects information, photos, and videos; Private calling and messaging
CONS: Sometimes notifications don’t post when text messages arrive; Cluttered interface; Free version extremely limited; Poor connection results in lost calls or difficulty hearing; No password recovery; No international calling or texting option; Cannot send MMS messages
BOTTOM LINE: If you're worried about your spouse or nosy friend checking your phone to review your messages or phone calls, you can use CoverMe to secure all of your personal information. CoverMe is a free vault app available in both Android and iOS app stores. While the app itself is free, there are in-app purchases that begin at $0.99 and go up from there to access all features.
SUMMARY: A free app for Android and iOS, CoverMe secures and encrypts all of your data (including texts and phone calls). Aside from protecting messaging and data, CoverMe also stores personal information in a secure vault so that only the owner can access it through a password.
What Is CoverMe App?
CoverMe is a free mobile app that is available for both Android and iOS that protects calls, messaging, and all other information through encryption. All data is secured in a personal vault that only you can access via password. If your device or phone is stolen or lost, there’s no concern about your data being seen because it remains in your encrypted vault. Calls and messages are fully encrypted through VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol), which are phone calls transmitted over the web using your phone’s WiFi connection or cell phone data.
The following Apple devices are supported by CoverMe: iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, 5, iPad, iPad Mini, iPod Touch, and iOS version 5.0 or higher. The app can be downloaded from the App Store. CoverMe is also made for devices running Android 2.3 or higher. Android users can find the app in the Google Play store.
CoverMe is known to use the following encryption algorithms: AES-128, AES-256, and RSA. All three of these algorithms are considered highly secure. AES is used by the US government and is an encryption specification that was adopted by the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology.
The Self-Destruct option allows you to send sensitive messages to someone and they will self-destruct after they are read or after a designated period of time. This feature can be used if you need to pass along information to someone but don’t want anyone else to ever see the details of the message. However, CoverMe warns that they cannot guarantee the message will self-destruct at the designated time, making this an unreliable feature.
- Encrypted vault
- Private calls
- Private texts
- Self-destructing messages
- At times, CoverMe users won’t receive notifications that they have new messages. This appears to be a glitch in the app.
- When using the self-destruct messages feature, use caution as the company warns it is not always reliable.
- When first downloading the app, there is a warning notification that your password is unable to be recovered. If you have paid for the extra features or a specific number of calls or messages, you are unable to get your account or money back if you forget the password.
User Skill/Experience Required
CoverMe can be downloaded from Google Play or the App Store. If you’re familiar with downloading apps, there’s not much else that you need to know because once you have the app on your device, it will walk you through the setup. Customer support is via email on their website only.
Pricing & Where to Buy CoverMe App
CoverMe is a free app for both Android and iOS. Although the app itself is free, certain features are charged a one-time fee of $5.99. Also, the free version only allots for 20 text messages and 20 minutes of calling, and the phone number you are assigned deactivates after the first 7 days of use. To refill, your texts or minutes you must upgrade, which costs anywhere from $4.99 for 130 texts and 130 calling minutes to $99.99 for unlimited texts and 3,000 calling minutes (good for 1 year only).