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POLICE WARNS PARENTS OF APP THAT CONCEALS CONTENT

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Police are warning parents of a phone application that hides content in plain sight. It’s called the Vault application, and it’s one of many similar apps that allows users to hide content within a generic app like a calculator. While apps of that nature are simply geared towards privacy, police says it can cause concerns if kids try to hide pictures or videos that are inappropriate, or even criminal. Authorities say any content that they don’t want a parent to see or that they want hidden, which could be drug use or sexually explicit material, they could keep in a separate area and try to hide it from parents. A specific code is punched into the application, like a calculator or a common game, and then hidden pictures, videos or screenshots will be revealed. Police say parents can watch out for the Vault app, and others, by checking the storage space on commonly used concealment applications. If the storage space is unusually high, it could contain hidden content. Parents can also look at the standard device application on their own phone and compare it to the same application on their child’s phone if they have the same model. If they look different, it could be because of trademark differences on the Vault application. Just like teaching kids how to ride a bike or cross the street, parents should also begin having discussions about how to appropriately use cellphones.


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