For various reasons (probably because I'm not a very good parent :-)) I've needed to use applock by Domobile Lab to prevent my 14 yo from

  1. putting viruses on my android phone from Google Play
  2. putting games on my android phone from Google Play
  3. constantly switching skins/settings/features so I have to re-learn the phone to call someone

However she's found an interesting way around this -- we have a flight of laptop computers in the house, with me autologged into my Gmail account on Chrome and she goes to Google Play Apps as me, and sends apps from there to my phone. This circumvents applock completely.

[I do understand I should just lock the computers and that would take care of this]

If she bought stuff, she would have to re-enter my password which she doesn't have, but she can download all the free (and virus containing) apps she likes.

It strikes me this is a bit of a security hole - it's common for people to leave Gmail open and running -- believe me, there's nothing worth reading in my email.

Opinons, ideas?

Spark (and boy do I feel old...I used to have a Vax account)

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    Talk to him he is not that much of a kid as much as you think. P.s. only way in this case is to sign out on pc or change a account on phone – Једноруки Крстивоје Aug 8 '18 at 15:45
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    Well, the security hole is on your end, as you say, lock your computer or sign off. The other part of this: why is he doing all this exactly? – user202027 Aug 8 '18 at 16:54
  • SHE. I have two daughters. Yes I agree, rather than trying to keep a technical one-upmanship over my smart kids, I should be treating this like any other discipline problem. – Spark Aug 9 '18 at 16:26
  • Why don't you create a second restricted Android user profile for your children? – Robert Aug 10 '18 at 11:19
  • User profiles are available on Android 7.0 but restricted user profiles are only available on tablets. Google Family Plan assumes you have two Android devices. We got into this mess because we have a single cell phone that serves as the family phone so the kids are permitted to call and text from it. – Spark Aug 11 '18 at 14:23

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