Not everything online is evil, nor does danger lurk behind every new app that comes to market. Kids can hide any app they don’t want you to see, Teen Safe says.But keeping up with your teens' and preteens' online activities is much like trying to nail jelly to the barn door -- frustrating, futile and something bound to make you feel inept. Such is the case with Audio Manager, an app that has nothing to do with managing your teen's music files or controlling the volume on his smartphone and everything to do with him hiding things like nude photos from you. When you press and hold the Audio Manager app, a lock screen is revealed -- behind which users can hide messages, photos, videos, and other apps.The following blog post may seem long and get somewhat technical at times, but guess what?The minute you bought your child a smartphone, laptop, tablet, gaming console or any other Internet connected device you became a technical parent!"Do your due diligence." After all, what do you want for free, it's still a lot of entertainment... It is evident that there are over ninety percent of the users that are scammers. First, the site is in India run by a guy in Mumbai.Their main MO is that they are widows and in the military serving overseas. After some time they will ask you for joining hook-up or security date arrangement. Some will mail you regarding father died in Nigerian hi-tech explosion. All girls claim as orphans, some said road accident, some explosion. Some other will text you after taking your number as guys were sitting there and will demand money to buy i Tunes gift card, flight, general help... If that doesn't tell you enough, here's a verbatim note I sent them re: a profile titled "**" -- "Wow, Sofia Brancaleone, the internationally famous Spanish supermodel has moved to a suburb of Akron, Ohio and has a profile on Mingle2. " Sad to admit, I became a paid subscriber and I've received over 100 letters in about three weeks - and 100% have been almost as obvious a scammer as the one I mentioned above.Vaulty will not only store photos and videos away from parental spying eyes, but it also will snap a photo of anyone who tries to access the "vault" with the wrong password.Parents who find it on their teens' phones can conclude just one thing: Your kid is hiding things from you.
How many times have you gone to a girl profile and seen the words "Profile has been deactivated."Believe me, lots of times it was Mingle2 that deactivated that profile.
Often, the moment we cease to care about our privacy coincides with the moment we decline to tap in our 16-digit card number, and while AVG has been cast as the villain for daring to make money from a product that it provides for zero pounds a pop, at least it's being upfront about it.
With that slightly annoying mime video, it has come pretty close to saying "Tanstaafl" to its customers: if you're not prepared to pay for useful things, you will end up paying in some other, more nebulous way that's becoming increasingly difficult to quantify.
You trust your kids, but you also know that with kids you need to take the proper precautions at home and away, to make sure that they stay safe and do not venture into the seedy world of internet porn and other dangerous or inappropriate social media.
Now, you may be an IT guru – and even work as a software engineer knowing network routing, DNS, IP encryption, and you may have even built your own router at home so you can have full control over what happens!