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Security experts say these 30 ‘dangerous’ camera apps should be deleted by Android users

They are huge security risks

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Beauty camera applications are widely popular among consumers. Not only are these apps fun to use, they also provide interesting and helpful features in editing and adding filters to selfies.

Unfortunately, a recent report from Cyber News shows that not all beauty apps are safe. In fact, there are at least 30 “dangerous” Android apps readily available. What’s even more alarming is that these applications have been downloaded for more than 1.4 billion times. This only means that thousands or even millions of people might be at risk.

How do these ‘dangerous’ apps work?

They explained that these beauty camera apps not only provide additional filters or edit your photos. While in the background, they also use and sell your data, bug you with malicious ads that lead to phishing websites or even spy on you.

Three factors were identified for an app to be considered “dangerous”. The first one is the number of dangerous permissions the app is requesting from you. Second is the location of the app developers and if they have any history related to unethical practices such as supporting malware, spyware or other vulnerabilities.

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Some applications were found to request up to seven dangerous permissions that are unnecessary for the app’s functionality. These include permissions for audio recording, GPS tracker, or even seeing and using the phone’s contacts. One app can even turn your camera on without your consent.

Experts warn users to delete these apps to prevent any security risks. They also ask the public to take extra precautions in downloading applications in their mobile devices.

List of dangerous Beauty Camera apps on Android

B612 – Beauty & Filter Camera

Beauty Camera

Beauty Camera – Best Selfie Camera & Photo Editor

Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera

Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera & Photo Editor

Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera with Photo Editor

Beauty Camera Makeup Face Selfie, Photo Editor

Beauty Camera Plus – Sweet Camera Makeup Photo

Beauty Makeup, Selfie Camera Effects, Photo Editor

Beauty Selfie Plus – Sweet Camera Wonder HD Camera

BeautyCam

BeautyPlus – Easy Photo Editor & Selfie Camera

Bestie – Camera360 Beauty Cam

Candy Camera – selfie, beauty camera, photo editor

Face Makeup Camera & Beauty Photo Makeup Editor

HD Camera Selfie Beauty Camera

Makeup Camera-Selfie Beauty Filter Photo Editor

Photo Editor – Beauty Camera

Pretty Makeup, Beauty Photo Editor & Selfie Camera

Selfie cam – bestie makeup beauty camera & filters

Selfie Camera – Beauty Camera

Selfie Camera – Beauty Camera & AR Stickers

Selfie camera – Beauty Camera & Makeup camera

Selfie Camera – Beauty Camera & Photo Editor

Sweet Selfie – Selfie Camera & Makeup Photo Editor

Sweet Selfie Snap – Sweet Camera, Beauty Cam Snap

Sweet Snap – Beauty Selfie Camera & Face Filter

YouCam Perfect – Best Photo Editor & Selfie Camera

YouCam Perfect – Best Selfie Camera & Photo Editor

Z Beauty Camera

Via: Mirror

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