Sharing - Teens Are Using Fake Calculator Apps To Hide Photos From Their Parents

~ Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 12:05 AM ~

I came across this article which I must definitely share with you guys as I'm very interested to know your thoughts on this. For your convenience, I have copied the excerpts from the article here:

"At first glance, the icon looks like a run-of-the-mill calculator, but when you open it and type in the correct passcode, it will open a treasure trove of hidden pictures and files that don’t appear anywhere else on your device.

It’s a good idea to check iTunes and/or Google Play for these apps, typically billed as “photo vaults,” to see what other shady apps may be hiding under your nose."


I did a little bit of investigating and checking out on the AppStore and found these few. You might be able to search more by checking the related apps. But nevertheless, it is quite worrying to see such apps being made available.

Fake Calculator Apps


As a parent to 3 kiddos with age range of 2 to 6.5 years old, I've still got years ahead for me to worry about them being able to install apps and/or owning their own smartphones/tablets and so on. I do hope we will be able to forge a relationship where our kiddos are able to come to us for anything, and not hiding any secrets from us. With that, whatever apps or temptations will not succeed to sway them away or make them resort to such apps to hide things from anyone.

But I guess for my stand and to put myself in this situation, I will definitely be monitoring what our children have on their smartphones when they do own one and only with our permission will they be able to purchase or install any apps. Or perhaps, another way is to let them use one of our old smartphones when necessary, that way, our permissions/passwords is required before they can install anything. But that's just my personal opinions.

How about you? What do you think?

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