The FaceApp phenomenon returned popular after launching the first time two years earlier. However, its popularity has long tails.
Behind the fame of this application, many people also question how the data security of its users.
Answering this, Kaspersky provides proactive steps and recommendations for users to avoid dangerous security risks.
General Manager for Kaspersky SEA said, “An application becomes viral – like FacApp – on various social media platforms and the spotlight often happens.”
“In a time when people who are afraid of lagging behind trends (FOMO or Fear of Missing Out) can make users not care about security – such as giving application permissions without careful thought.”
Kaspersky revealed data, there were a majority (63 percent) of consumers not reading the license agreement and 43 percent only checking all privacy permissions, when they installed a new application.
Basically, there is nothing wrong with following the current trends in social media. However, it’s good to be careful about giving FaceApp applications or others access to contacts, photos, private messages and more.
Because if you click “Allow” without thinking, it’s not impossible for an official or illegal application maker to access things that should still be your confidential data.
When this sensitive data is hacked or misused, viral applications such as FaceApp can exploit loopholes to be exploited by hackers to spread dangerous viruses.
Tips to Avoid Data Theft from Kaspersky
Furthermore, Kaspersky also provides tips on how users can avoid data theft.
The following are some of the basic steps you can take:
1. Only download applications from trusted sources. Read reviews and app ratings too
2. Select the application you want to install wisely on your device
3. Read the license agreement carefully4. Note the list of permissions requested by your application
5. Avoid clicking “next” during the application installation
6. For additional security layers, make sure to install security solutions on your device.
The Fake FaceApp application infects victims with the Adware module
As a cyber security company based in Russia, Kaspersky has also identified fake FaceApp applications designed to deceive users.
Mentioned, the fake application can infect the victim device with an adware module called MobiDash.
After the application has been downloaded from an unofficial and installed source, it simulates a failure and is then erased. After that, malicious modules in the application enter the user’s device secretly and display advertisements.
According to Kaspersky data, around 500 unique users have encountered problems in the last two days, with the first detection appearing on July 7, 2019. There are almost 800 different module modifications that have been identified.
“People behind MobiDash often hide their adware modules under the guise of popular applications and services. This means fake version of FaceApp activities can increase, especially if we talk about hundreds of targets in just a few days, “said Igor Golovin, security researcher at Kaspersky
“We recommend that users immediately not download applications from unauthorized sources and install security solutions on their devices to avoid damage.”