Threat Level – Very High
Just for the record, right off the bat.. Yes it looks innocent, and Yes it is called CocoPPA. That spelling is not a spell check error. This app is made by Japanese company, and I have not figured out the reason for the name of this app yet.
CocoPPa is an app which enables you to make your favorite image as the “one-touch icon” and place the icon on the home screen. Seems harmless enough right? This app allows you to make custom icons for other apps. This app seems innocent , Hello Kitty pink and purple color scheme kinda feel for your device. The programmers of this app probably never thought of it being anything but a cute fun way for kids to change the look and feel of their device or phone.
That would have been a great idea, if they made the app icon disguise keep the same name. But they didn’t, it is customizable or set from a template. So you ask me, What does that mean? Let me explain
Digi Social is another Very High Threat rate app that i have reviewed in the past. WIth this Cocoppa app, they can download Digisocial (knowing it may get them in trouble) Then take this app and disguise the look of the Digisocial app, and even the name to something else. It could say You Tube but when you touch to open it, it then opens Digi Social app which is a plus 18 app with sexually explicit content.
This is every kids dream, that is trying to keep you from knowing about a texting app, or another app that they may have gotten in trouble with , and you thought they deleted. So you ask yourself, If the app disguised is not called the app it actually is, then how in this world can i ever monitor that? Will you have to open up every app on your kids device, to make sure it boots to the right application? The answer is No, and let me explain how to combat this.
This app basically works as a shortcut between it and the actual app, so you still have to download the app you are trying to disguise on your phone or device. So if you make a pretty cute pink app with bubbles and flowers and call it Bubble pop, but it actually opens a sexually explicit Digis Social app, you still have to have the regular Digisocial app on your device somewhere. The only place to hide it, would be inside a folder to make it less obvious. So to combat this, all you need is to look for all apps on the phone, even apps inside folders.
This app doesn’t replace the original app icon, but just makes a second one, and shortcuts it to original.
I gave this a Very High Threat level, because I wanted to archive it as such, to let parents know that there are disguise apps such as this out there, so pay attention to the little things. Especially the names of apps. One slip up could cause your child to see something they should never see. Be diligent in your social media safety!
If you are still confused, watch this Tutorial Video on how they show you to set up this app. You will understand the Disguise feature, and how it could be taken advantage of for the wrong reason.
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