The Local 4 Defenders exposed ways kids, spouses and others hide things on their phone.
Some apps make life easier, and some are intended for hiding things.
A smartphone could be tracking where people are using location settings.
Here's a list of apps parents should be aware of that kids use to hide stuff:
Private photo storage apps
- Secret Calculator
- Photo Vault
Apps with messaging components
- Twitter – direct messages on twitter can include photos and videos
- Facebook – messages on Facebook can include photos and video; Messenger app also has a “secret conversations” option that will self-delete messages and pictures after a certain amount of time
- Instagram – direct Messages on Instagram can include photo and video
- Tumblr – a blog-creation website where users can post text/videos/pictures of whatever they want; also includes a direct messaging feature.
- Burn Note – a text messenger app that self-deletes its content
- Kik – a messenger app that can send photos and videos
- WhatsApp – a messenger app that can send photos and videos
- Viber – app for instant messaging and images/video/audio
- Line – video and photo messaging app
- ooVoo – video call, text, and voice app
- Tinder – dating app linked to Facebook. Cannot send photos, but can exchange messages.
Other apps with video sharing/chatting
- Periscope –a live streaming app. Users can stream their current video feed to their “friends” or to the general community.
- Music.ly – users can create a 15-second music video. Does include adult lyrics and sometimes adult content, even though content is policed by the community.
- Omegle – a randomized video-chat application. Content is not monitored.
- Chatroulette – a randomized video-chat application. Content is not monitored.
Here's how to access location settings on iPhone and Android.