Summer is upon us and with it comes the time for sunny snaps – but don’t let the temptation of the perfect picture fool you.
There are a number of camera apps that are reportedly quite lax in terms of privacy, and are even malware “trojan horses” in disguise.
There are so many apps in the Play Store that it’s almost impossible for Google to weed out all the bad eggs.
However, Google is usually quick to remove apps that are proven to compromise user data or contain malware.
Google has removed most of these apps from the Play Store.
But you still want to delete them from your device once you’ve downloaded them.
It’s also wise to keep an eye out for copycat apps that might pop up in the future.
Here are the apps to look out for:
- BeautyPlus – Simple photo editor and selfie camera
- Beauty Makeup
- Selfie Camera Effects
- Photo editor
- 4K Pro Camera
- Photo Editor: Beauty Filters
- Photo editor: retouch and crop
- Photo Editor: Art Filters
- Photo editor and background eraser
- Photo Editor – Filter Effects
- Photo filters and effects
- Photo editor: blur image
The last option isn’t specifically for taking selfies, but it does require access to your camera to work.
These 13 apps barely scratch the surface of what’s out there, so it pays to be smart about your downloads.
To better protect yourself, beware of so-called “beauty camera” and photo editing apps that request permissions they don’t need.
Apps that show aggressive and persistent ads are also a red flag.
Apps from unknown app developers, especially free apps, can also be suspicious.
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