These camera apps with billions of downloads may be stealing your personal data and infecting them with malware.
This should be said from the get-go: Don’t install apps from various developers just because they appear to be fun and have millions of downloads on the Google Play Store. The newest warning comes via CyberNews and they have exposed some popular camera apps that could be stealing your personal data and infecting them with malware.
The researchers over at CyberNews have pinpointed “beauty cameras’ which add creative filters to give your images fun-looking appearances before being posted or shared on social media. And while those who use the app expect a “a makeup or a cartoon filter,” CyberNews has issued a warning which states, “you’re not expecting these apps to scrape and sell your data, plague you with nonstop, malicious ads, redirect you to phishing websites, or even spy on you.”
Unfortunately, this is precisely what happens and the researchers investigated top “beauty camera” searches from the Google Play Store and didn’t need to go too deep to discover their findings. CyberNews states that popular filter app BeautyPlus, which has over 300 million downloads has been identified as malware or spyware. This app is said to be collecting data on servers which are stored in China where it is being sold.
Apart from issuing fraudulent ads, these apps can also target users with messages that contain phishing links that direct you to malicious URLs that can install malware, arrange and install more malware, track your device and go so far as to access elements of your device such as spyware.
Here is a list of 30 apps that could be secretly spying on you.
It’s needless to say, but if you have any of these apps downloaded, you should delete it immediately.