Calculator – Vault for photo (hide your photos)
This app appears as a functional calculator on mobile devices, and is accessed through entering a pin followed by the % sign on the calculator keypad. Once inside the app, users can hide private images and videos. These images or videos can be imported from the user's device gallery (and then deleted from the device gallery), or the user can take live pictures within the app (and store within the app's gallery).
Why is it a risk?
Hidden vault apps, such as this one, are specifically designed to allow the user to store sensitive information and images in a covert manner. Such apps have been the subject of criticism, as it was discovered that many teenagers and children were using such apps as a way to store and send intimate content without fear of it being seen by unwanted eyes. Many of these apps receive a low age rating via the App Stores (such as 4+) yet display pictures of women in suggestive poses – hinting heavily at the type of content this app is used to store. These apps are not appropriate for children and can both encourage and facilitate deceptive behaviour in relation to sending intimate content.