Poll results: are you using apps that hide photos, files or folders on your phone?

Poll results: are you using apps that hide photos, files or folders on your phone?
Given the proliferation of apps for restricting access to various content on our phone and tablets, we asked you last week if you are using any hiding apps or options to prevent unauthorized viewing of content on your mobile device. It may come as a surprise but almost 55% of our respondents say they are using methods to hide photos, files and apps from prying eyes on their mobile gear, while the rest are not too worried what someone may or may not see there.

We have become so dependent on our smartphones, that almost everyone of us carries personal information on them, be it only their latest call and messaging log. There are also pictures we might not want someone to see if they share our phone, files that are for our eyes only, or apps that we've installed on the hush-hush that aren't for everybody to peruse.

Thankfully, there are plenty of apps and even launcher security options that can hide our files, folders, photos and other media, and even other apps. These hidden photos or folders with sensitive information would be mysteriously absent for anyone else but us, hiding in plain sight, being accessible only via a password, PIN, pattern, or, lately, a fingerprint reading.

Are you using apps that hide photos, files or folders on your phone?

Yes
54.7%
No
45.3%


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28 Comments

1. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

No, because I don't have any to hide.

2. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You could use a shirt though

7. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

So what's your point? Well, I feel young with healthy fit body that I can show to other. So nothing to hide in my iPhone 6S because I don't keep porn picture or video.

9. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

It's a tech site, not a gay dating site. Besides it was a joke, lighten up

10. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Haha! The guy got nothing to hide... Heck, he's more like a holier than thou. *WINK*

12. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

I'm I disturbing you without shirt on my profile photo.

14. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Woah relax, man. We're just kidding here...:P

16. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

I know.

19. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Nope but my 70 y/o mother keeps flicking her bean everytime she sees your profile pic ;)

22. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

WTF Reb! Stop such jokes!

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So, just because you dont have porn on yioru device, doesn't mean its the only think you may want private from prying eyes. Everytime someone talks about hiding files, the first thing you think about is porn. I'm an adult, if I have porn on my device...SO WHAT! Adults look at porn. Is that somehow a bad thing? How about if I let someone use my phone, I dont want them accessing pictures that are simply my collection of fun things I do with my family. Which may include getting naked and running around the hotel room with the wife. Why would I want prying eyes to see that? Is that porn? Someone taking off their clothes is always porn? How about its not anyones business what I have in my phone. In fact I do have some "porn" if that is what you want to call it on my phone. I could care less if someone sees that. How about other important things like business contacts that aren't public information? You must have porn on your device, since you're trying to hard to convince everyone you don't. Who cares either way? It's your phone...right?

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

No, because you can't hide anything from Apple.

8. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Apple never hacked my account because I don't keep porn of myself. Maybe you do on your android phone, haha!

11. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

All what happens on your iOS device is known in Apple's database! Deal with it. :P

15. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

How can I deal with it if I'm not one of them. If I'm not mistaken only those celebrities or popular people they hacked. Not mine so I don't have problem with it.

18. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Privacy is privacy, regardless of your social status. Stop seeming to be blind. **MEH**

30. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 738; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Unless you are using icloud. But if not. Apple can't see anything on your device. Cause The only thing that it will function when connected are notifications, appstore app updates, and calls.

4. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

To quote the great Captain Jack Sparrow, "You need to get yourself a girl, mate".

5. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I often hide stuff like my shirtless selfies (to track my gym progress) and other picture I'm too embarrassed to let people see :P

6. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

I thought about hiding my whatsapp pictures. Im in a few groups where things get out of hand every now and again....

13. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

So you play really dirty...

17. Derekjeter

Posts: 1546; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I don't think you can hide in iOS can you? I hide my home porn on my Nexus 6p but I can't do the same on my iPhone 6s Plus.

20. drifter77

Posts: 402; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Use Private Photo Vault from AppStore (free).

21. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

You can't even transfer data to any PC with an iOS device unless you go through iTunes. Heck, if you make the dumb mistake to copy stuff from your PC into your iDevice... then you suddenly run out of storage space whilst shooting a party video somewhere far from your home where your PC is, don't even dream of deleting the stuff you copied from the PC in order to free-up some storage space! You'll only have to go back home, plug-in your iDevice and use iTunes to delete that stuff in order to free space! This sounds absolutely crappy to me. It's this lack of freedom that keeps me away from iOS: I want to delete my stuff instantly whenever I urgently need more storage space!! WTF

24. drifter77

Posts: 402; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

This is mainly why I migrated to Android after 6 years using iOS. The fact that you have to connect your iPhone to iTunes everytime you want transfer files is absurd. Yes you can jailbreak and do some tweaking, but it doesn't fully resolve the issue. With Android, not only do you have an SD card and/or USB tether, you can use ad-hoc wifi transfer from any browser on any computer.

23. Shocky unregistered

My phone is clean, no reason to hide anything.

25. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

lol at these people "bragging" that they don't have nudes of someone on their phone. Losers lol. Get out and live life. I use to use one, but when I got my Note 5 I didn't transfer them over. Still have them on my pc though. Not of me, but of the wife. Yeah buddy.

29. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1273; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

I don't believe those apps.. I have my own method of hiding...

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