Another App You’re Not Supposed to Know About

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In our ongoing effort to let you know about  apps that fall under the category of “Teens Would be Pretty Ticked if Their Parents Knew They Existed,” let me tell you about the Hide It Pro.

This little sneaky wonder shows up on your smartphone screen as a couple colorful music notes and declares itself to be an innocuous Audio Manager. “You know how kids like their music, Mom. So no worries here,” it seems to say. But indeed it’s another one of those apps, for both Android and iOS, that hides away all the stuff that its user doesn’t want spying eyes to see.

On the surface of things, it is indeed a fully functional audio app. But if you give it a long press with your fingertip, the actual Hide It Pro app will launch. And, under a password lock-out, it can hide pictures, videos, and even other apps. In fact, Hide It Pro is considered one of the top apps for hiding away other unsavory apps. And if you check out the Apple app site, you’ll even  note that Hide It Pro can “Enable a disguise screen to disguise the app as if it is crashed when anyone tries to access it.”

This is a sneaky one, to be sure. Here’s a video walk-through that gives you an idea of how it works.

So how does a wily parent outfox this wascally wabbit? Well, it’s tricky. Constant Hide It Pro updates are always aiming at making things as bulletproof as possible. Some programs, like Covenant Eyes and Net Nanny (Focus on the Family has a partnership with the latter) can reportedly give parents the chance to approve of any new apps that might find their way onto their children’s phones. But without those tools, it’s pretty much a case of spotting it, giving it that long touch, and at least revealing the safely locked digital hideaway beneath. Then you can ask Junior what that’s all about.

Who wrote this?

Bob Hoose is a senior associate editor for Plugged In, a producer/writer for Focus on the Family’s Adventures in Odyssey, a writer of plays and musicals and one-half of the former comedy/drama duo Custer & Hoose. He is a husband, father of three and a relatively new granddad.

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Gail Bryant More than 1 year ago
Am I the only one that gets angry when people violate their children's privacy?

When I was in my early teens, still struggling to figure myself out, my mother would frequently break into my room and read my diary. Just because she was the 'adult in the house' and therefore could do whatever she wanted. She never asked me what was going on in my life, only read my diary and so I stopped trusting her.

I see apps like these as an opportunity for people under the tight thumb of dictatorial "moral guardians" like I was as an opportunity for people to figure themselves out without having to worry about how their hidden thoughts will influence their chance of shelter for the immediate future.
Angelica Baya More than 1 year ago
oh it apple app site

Mama2eight More than 1 year ago
I think our best bet is to have the password for downloads and our children don't.  We become the gatekeepers.

To think your child is safe because they don't have phones yet, only works if their friends don't have phones or other internet devices.

Also, there's only so many apps you can block, there's always new ones being developed or morphed to work around the blocks.
Tim Millard More than 1 year ago
Until they jailbreak the device/enable non-play-store apps and load all the apps they like. A cell phone is just a small computer with a radio or two (the one I'm using has 6), we've had ways to hide messages with them going back to antiquity.
Tim Lewallen More than 1 year ago
If your family is all on iOS devices you can use a feature built into the iOS that forces your children to request permission to install or download anything to their devices. It is called Family and you access from the iCloud settings on your device. 
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201060
Helen Smith More than 1 year ago
Thanks, I am a grandmother so I am not close to the grandkids, but will pass the word along to the parents.
Russell Raymer More than 1 year ago
Thank you for this article...would love an extension of PluggedIn focusing on apps like this, it is hard for parents to keep up with all the latest.  Keep up the good work!
Janetta Roberts More than 1 year ago
I use the SecureKids app on my boys'phones and love it. They can't access any app that I have locked and if I install a new app, I have to unlock it before they have access. It also alerts me when they try to access a locked app.
Robyn Walsworth More than 1 year ago
I might suggest teensafe.com you can actually remove apps from their phone. My daughter was not on inappropriate sites, but was spending too much time on various apps. I was actually able to remove the app store, so she cannot ad any apps.
bobed More than 1 year ago
Hmm. One wonders what these kids are doing on their phones that's so bad they need to hide it? I've told my kids: you can have your own personal phones when you can pay for them, and you can have the luxury of privacy when you're moved out of my house. Until then I will check them whenever I please. If I spotted any of this Hide It Pro nonsense on their phones, they would no longer have a phone. Luckily none of my kids have a phone yet, so I don't have to deal with this stuff yet.