New Cyber News expert report warns Android users of 30 ‘dangerous’ camera apps that have already been downloaded 1.4 billion times
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From Instagram to Snapchat, camera apps are some of the most popular on the App Store and the Google Play Store.
But a new report may prompt you to re-evaluate the camera apps you have on your smartphone.
The report, written by experts at Cyber News, warned Android users of 30 “dangerous” camera apps that have already been downloaded 1.4 billion times.
In a blog on the findings, researchers Bernard Meyer explained, “When you download a beauty camera app, you probably expect it to add a makeup or cartoon filter to your face for more selfies. interesting, or just to clean some down. quality photos you have taken.
“But in the background, you don’t expect these apps to grab and sell your data, infest you with endless malicious ads, redirect you to phishing websites, or even spy on you.”
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The researchers analyzed the top 30 results displayed on the Google Play Store after searching for “beauty camera.”
They looked at three factors for each app: the number of dangerous permissions the apps requested, the location of app developers, and any history of malware, spyware, vulnerabilities, or unethical practices.
Their “eye-opening” analysis found that apps requested up to seven dangerous permissions, most of which were unrelated to the app’s primary function.
This included permissions to record audio, use GPS, and view the user’s phone status.
Meanwhile, an app was found to turn on your camera, although it did not ask for permission to do so.
Mr Meyer added: “These are non-essential applications that seem to be quite risky. Therefore, we recommend that you exercise caution before deciding whether or not to download these apps.
The 30 “dangerous” applications
BeautyPlus – Easy photo editor and selfie camera
Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera
Beauty Camera Plus – Soft Camera Makeup Photo
Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera & Photo Editor
Selfie Camera – Beauty Camera & Photo Editor
YouCam Perfect – Best Selfie Camera & Photo Editor
Sweet Snap Beauty Selfie Camera and Face Filter
Sweet Selfie Snap – Sweet Camera, Beauty Cam Snap
Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera with Photo Editor
Beauty Camera – Best Selfie Camera & Photo Editor
B612 – Beauty camera and filter
Face Makeup Camera & Beauty Photo Makeup Editor
Sweet Selfie – Selfie Camera & Makeup Photo Editor
Selfie Camera – Beauty Camera & Makeup Camera
YouCam Perfect – Best Photo Editor & Selfie Camera
Beauty Camera Makeup Face Selfie, Photo Editor
Selfie Camera – Beauty Camera
Z beauty camera
HD Selfie Beauty Camera
Candy Camera – selfie, beauty camera, photo editor
Makeup Camera-Selfie Beauty Filter Photo Editor
Beauty Selfie Plus – Sweet Camera Wonder HD Camera
Selfie Camera – Beauty Camera and AR Stickers
Cute makeup, beauty photo editor and selfie camera
Bestie – Camera360 Beauty Camera
Photo Editor – Beauty Camera
Beauty makeup, selfie camera effects, photo editor
Selfie cam – bestie makeup beauty camera & filters