The return of Faceapp: The risks to which are exposed the users

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In the middle of the quarantine and containment measures, the use of social networks has increased considerably and these days an old application returned to popularity. It is FaceAppa App that allows the user to see how it looks like his face if you were of the opposite sex, older, younger, or had another hair cut.

In Facebook, Instagram and TikTok many have shared their photos, including famous artists. But this fun practice carries risks that many times we don’t consider.

From the company’s cyber security Kaspersky ensure that, while these applications do not contain malware or viruses that can be stored on the mobile devices, the fact of publishing an image of a face may be left exposed to the user.

The risks of occupying FaceApp or similar applications

According to Fabio Assolini, given that facial recognition is a technology used mainly for the authentication of passwordsthe user must be very careful when sharing your image with others. “We have to treat these new forms of authentication such as passwords, as any facial recognition system available widely can end up being used both for good as for evil,” warns the expert Kaspersky.

According to Assolini, the company that owns the application, it could even sell these images to entities that use the Artificial Intelligence to make modifications to face recognition. “In addition, it should be borne in mind that these data are stored on third party servers, and that can also be stolen by cybercriminals and used to impersonate identities”, she adds.

Therefore, the analyst recommends that, if you want to join the game, users need to be aware about the security of the application and download it only from official stores. It also reiterates the importance of reading the terms of privacy of the applications to understand what information is requested.

“According to data from our study Hangover Digital, 71% of chileans do not read the terms of use of applications and forget to think about how their data may be used”concludes Assolini.

When you download applications, Kaspersky recommends that users take the following precautions:

  • Make sure that the application is reliable and is downloaded from official stores.
  • Read the terms of this privacy policy to understand what information is requested.
  • Try the facial recognition as a password: do not use it in all parts.
  • Always check what permissions are being requested, as the login associated with an existing account in a social network is determined.
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