In the past, a number of the Android apps we’ve warned you about were a part of a category called “beauty camera apps.” They claim to form you and other selfie subjects look beautiful by using filters and editing tricks to form skin look smoother, hair looks thicker, teeth look whiter and more. There are even selfie camera apps designed to form you appear 10 to fifteen pounds lighter. But a number of these apps also contain malware that shows full-screen ads constantly or play video ads within the background while the owner of the phone is unaware.
Such applications also can steal your personal data from your smartphone, sign you up for premium services on the sly, send you porn, and even spy on you. And last week, Cyber news created an inventory of those apps that you simply shouldn’t install. If you are doing have any of those apps on your phone, you ought to delete them immediately. One particular application has been installed over 500,000 times, takes control of the personal user’s selfie camera without asking for permission. This app is named Beauty Camera by Phila AppStore and also displays full-display ads when it’s first launched and when the user navigates to the app’s home page.
Cybernews researched the highest 30 search results for beauty camera apps and discovered that these apps, installed in aggregate a complete of 1.39 million times, have serious issues. quite half of these apps are based in Hong Kong or China. Three of the developers were traveled by an equivalent group that previously offered malware packed apps. Some asked for permissions that weren’t necessary for the app to function including recording audio and access to a phone’s GPS system. the app requires 40 times permission to access full control. Now ask yourself, why would a beauty camera app get to know your location?
The main headline here is that malicious apps are all about making money for the developers. Besides showing full-display ads and running video ads within the background, the knowledge collected by these apps is often very profitable because of deals made to sell users’ location data. and since these apps are free, they attract vain phone owners looking to enhance how they appear on a selfie.
The 30 apps that you simply shouldn’t install, or should delete immediately if you’ve already downloaded, include:
- BeautyPlus – Easy Photo Editor & Selfie Camera
- Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera
- Selfie Camera – Beauty Camera & Photo Editor
- Beauty Camera Plus – Sweet Camera & Makeup Photo
- Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera & Photo Editor
- YouCam Perfect – Best Selfie Camera & Photo Editor
- Sweet Snap – Beauty Selfie Camera & 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 & Filter Camera
- 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 Camera 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 & AR Stickers
- Pretty Makeup, Beauty Photo Editor & Selfie Camera
- Beauty Camera
- Bestie – Camera360 Beauty Cam
- Photo Editor – Beauty Camera
- Beauty Makeup, Selfie Camera Effects & Photo Editor
- Selfie cam – Bestie Makeup Beauty Camera & Filters
Cybernews suggests that Android users looking to use a beauty camera app address titles from developers that they will trust like Facebook Messenger, Instagram (both owned by Facebook so take that into consideration) and Snapchat. and do not forget to form it a habit to read the comments section before installing an app from a developer you’ve never heard of. If you see any red flags, don’t install the app.