Storage application also known as ghost photo, decoy, or vault photo Appendix among other names, is a tool people can use. to hide pictures, videos, and sometimes calls and texts. Most of the time, the vault app looks like a calculator, but entering the passcode opens up a whole range of commonly seen photos and videos. Vault apps are popular with teenagers who use them to hide activities like sex from their parents. They are also useful for preventing a curious friend from peeking into your photo reel and seeing something you want to keep private.

Some storage apps can also discreetly capture photos and videos with the screen off and no shutter sound. And finally, some applications even sound the alarm or take a picture using the front cameras, if someone tries to hack the vault.

If you are a parent, you should be aware if your child is using one of these apps to send or receive sex videos, or to take photos or videos of other people without their knowledge. Sharing nude photos with others means you no longer have control over them and they can end up on the internet, causing embarrassment or even affecting the future of the university or job prospects. In the worst case scenario, if you share nude photos with minors, your children could get in serious legal trouble despite being minors themselves.

Here’s how to find out if your child has downloaded and used this storage. Keep in mind that there may be an innocent reason for this, such as privacy concerns, but it’s worth the conversation.

Vault Application Examples

Vault or ghost photo apps disguise themselves as another type of app, often like a calculator, the idea is that snoopers will zip past a regular app like this.

Advice : Check if your child’s smartphone has more than one calculator app. There are countless options: Smart Hide Calculator, Calculator Vault — Gallery Lock, Calculator — Photo Vault — you get the idea.

Calendars are another favorite disguise, and there are more subtle app names like Secret Safe Lock Vault Manager, AppLock, or KeepSafe. All this requires a password to access the contents of the vault. Some storage apps can hide who a person is calling or texting, such as Private SMS & Call and CoverMe. (Also sold to copycat scammers to cover their tracks.)

How to Find Vault Apps on iPhone

Start by searching the App Store for keywords like vault, decoy, ghost photography and secret or hidden folders, to understand what is there. If your child has downloaded the app, next to him will be written » Open» ; otherwise it will say Get . You can also see what apps they have downloaded by going to App Store and pressing » Updates» > » Purchased» . Review app descriptions for more details on any apps that look fishy or are duplicates of other apps (calculators, calendars, etc.).

Another way to throw out a vault application is to go to Settings > Confidentiality > Camera where you can see which apps have used the camera.

How to Find Vault Apps on Android

AT android follow search in store Google Play by the keywords we mentioned in this post (vault, ghost photo, decoy, etc.). If your child has downloaded the app, next to him will be written » Open» or » Update» . If not, he will say install or price if it’s not free.

Consider Implementing Parental Controls

Of course, prevention is the best medicine, and the best way to keep these apps off your phones is to use parental controls if you have one. Your family plan may have the ability to require children to request permission to download the app; check with your carrier for details.

Apple has a feature called «Ask to Buy» where a designated family organizer approves app downloads for kids. Android has parental controls you can set on smartphones and tablets to block apps from downloading based on their rating (E for everyone 18 to 18).

These controls are not a panacea, but along with frank conversations, will go a long way in keeping your kids safe.

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