Ghost, safe or decoy apps

‘Ghost app’ is a blanket term for several apps available on the market that enable users to covertly hide information on their phone or tablet. Such apps allow you to keep your pictures, videos, text messages, social networking chats and contacts hidden from others that may access your device by locking this data with a passcode. Ghost apps are often masked behind a fake home screen which appears to function as a completely different app, such as a calculator.

Young people often use ghost apps to conceal what they are doing on their devices from their parents. With some ghost apps, if someone attempts to open it using an incorrect passcode, the app will record and store the failed attempt.

Ghost, safe or decoy app FAQs

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