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Parental control apps aren’t the answer to protecting your kids online and there might be a hidden cost to using them. Researchers from the SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab recently discovered server vulnerabilities in popular parental control apps for the Android platform. They also found that the parent web dashboards were susceptible to vulnerabilities that allow the attackers to bypass the restrictions set by parents, or even attack the parents themselves. In addition, the restrictions imposed by the parents via the app could easily be bypasssed by the child by removing the necessary permissions in the settings app or by using the safe mode feature of Android.

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