If you’ve been reading our blog, you know that there are plenty of apps that are geared toward our tweens and teens. But, the reality is that that age group has no business using them. They are either unsafe, not age-appropriate or just plain dangerous.
As informed and vigilant parents, you have probably had many conversations with your kids about the safety of those apps and the consequences of sending sexts or inappropriate photos. And your kids heard you loud and clear.
Well, guess what? Your tweens and teens may literally be hiding their photos, videos, search history and media content from you, on their devices. Here’s how:
Private Photo Vault protects photos in a PIN or pattern protected folder. It also includes security features in case your phone ever gets stolen, like break-in reports that will automatically take a photo of the thief and send their location via GPS.
This app is especially popular since it uses a fake password to open decoy folders — so if someone opens the folder, they’ll only see stock images.
Best Secret Folder is appealing because the app icon itself is a decoy — it’s designed to look like a utilities folder. The password-protected app also lets you record videos and save them directly to your secret folders. If a login attempt fails more than four times, the app will snap a picture of the intruder and send their location to your email. Best Secret Folder even keeps a record of every login attempt, so you can know exactly when someone tried to get into your hidden folders.
Secret Calculator is exactly what it sounds like — behind a working calculator, the app can hide all of your secrets. Whether it’s a photo, gif, video, or URL, the app has you covered by a four-digit passcode and a decoy icon. The app also uses pattern locks and touch IDs for maximum security. In addition to hiding your sexts and private message in any kind of media, the app offers the option to lock individual photos and albums.
Secret Photo Album, you can access anything online without worrying about your browsing history being recorded, and you can save secret photos directly to the app. The app supports locking through passwords, patterns, PIN, and even Face ID for maximum protection. Secret Photo Album also has a decoy feature, so you can punch in a fake password that opens stock iPhotos. The app also supports email and MMS.
If you’re a parent, don’t panic. These apps simply exist; it does not mean your kids have them or are using them.
Thanks to Project B3, you are now even more informed about what apps are available to our children.
*some of the information for this post was found on mashable.com