What Are Decoy Apps and How Do They Work?
These are applications that allow a child to hide text messages and pictures on their smartphone. They “jailbreak” their phones, and disable the limitations set by the cell phone provider. Once accomplished, they can download the decoy apps.
Decoy apps are disguised as innocent-looking calculators or music apps. When inspecting your child’s phone you probably won’t recognize them. For example, a Secret Calculator decoy app allows them to hide photos, videos, documents and PDF files behind a calculator that works.
You may think it’s just an ordinary calculator, but when the child enters his or her password, they have access to their secret files. They keep their password private, and give you a fake one. This way you only see what they want you to, and you have no idea what’s actually hiding behind these apps.
Why should you worry? — Because with today’s sexting and cyberbullying, your child may be hiding things that could get him or her into trouble.
So what can you do?