It should be said up front: don’t install apps from various developers just because they look funny and have millions of downloads from the Google Play Store. The final warning comes via CyberNews and they exposed some popular camera apps that might steal your personal data and infect them with malware.
CyberNews researchers have identified “beauty cameras” that add creative filters to make your images look funny before they are posted or shared on social media. And while those who use the app expect a “makeup or cartoon filter,” CyberNews issued a warning stating, “You don’t expect these apps to scratch and sell your data, infest you. non-stop malicious ads, redirect you to phishing websites, or even spy on you.
Unfortunately, this is precisely what is happening and the researchers investigated the top searches for “beauty camera” on the Google Play Store and didn’t have to go too far to find their findings. CyberNews reports that the popular BeautyPlus filter app, which has over 300 million downloads, has been identified as malware or spyware. This application is supposed to collect data on servers stored in China where it is sold.
In addition to delivering scam ads, these apps can also target users with messages containing phishing links that direct you to malicious URLs that can install malware, organize and install more malware, track your device and go until you access items on your device such as spyware.
Here is a list of 30 apps that might spy on you secretly.
- BeautyPlus – Easy Photo Editor and Selfie Camera
- Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera
- Selfie Camera – Beauty Camera & Photo Editor
- Beauty Camera Plus – Soft Camera & Makeup Photo
- Beauty Camera – Selfie 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 and 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 and 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
- Beauty camera
- Bestie – Camera360 Beauty Camera
- Photo Editor – Beauty Camera
- Beauty makeup, selfie camera effects and photo editor
- Selfie Camera – Bestie Makeup Beauty Camera & Filters
It goes without saying, but if you have downloaded any of these apps, you should remove them immediately.