With the rise in popularity of photo and video-sharing apps, data security has been called into question when using them. When these apps are downloaded on your devices (or your company’s devices), the threat of downloading a version with a virus or unknowingly allowing unknown access to your camera roll is feasible.
Take FaceApp — this recently-popular app uses a self-portrait to turn the user either younger or older. While this seems like harmless fun, this shared biometric data (any data that relates to human characteristic metrics, such as photos and fingerprints) may lead to data breaches.
According to TechRepublic, FaceApp’s CEO, Yaroslav Goncharov, says that these collected images are deleted after 48 hours and is saved on a cloud, not in Russia. Goncharov says, based on these facts, we should have more concern for what we share on Facebook than the single selfie shared with FaceApp.
However, when reading the terms and services agreement, PBS NewsHour reports that FaceApp now holds “perpetual, irrevocable” rights to the photo that you used. Your photo could potentially be used for a number of things, including gaining access to bank accounts.
According to Nextgov, there are many different ways to make sure your devices are secure. Here are four tips to help with cybersecurity:
- When downloading apps, be aware of what information they want access to, such as camera roll and calendars. If you are uncomfortable sharing this information, do not download.
- Only download apps from official app stores.
- Read the permissions and private policies when downloading apps.
- Do not download information onto your phone from public Wifi networks.
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