NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Technology expert Lisa Good's personal story had lead her to write a book about protecting your children online especially from vault apps.
"Whatever you do on social media it's going to follow you forever," said Good.
Good's nephew was arrested, suspended from school and kicked out of Boy Scouts after he and friends purchased marijuana on the internet. Her nephew had a spotless record prior to the life-changing incident.
A vault app functions like the icon it represents. An example of a vault app is an app that looks like a calculator but has a sinister side.
"It can hide videos, phone calls, text messages," said Good.
One way to tell if your child is using a vault app is if you see them turn it over quickly or shake it. The movements enable the decoy feature.
"Even with parental controls set up, your children are still able to download these apps," said Good.
Vault apps were originally created by the federal government for the CIA.