Recently, on Facebook and other social platforms, there has been a wave of photos switching genders through the FaceApp algorithm, but it has been questioned that it is impossible to cancel the subscription, and there may be privacy concerns. Security experts reminded that when installing similar apps, you should pay attention to whether the permission is reasonable, and you can also refer to netizens to evaluate whether it is positive.
Jane Shengcai, a senior technical consultant of Trend Micro, interviewed by a reporter from the Central News Agency, said that many apps have similar functions for uploading photos to the cloud for storage or processing. There were malicious apps with image retouching or beautiful skin functions that required user consent during installation, but after installation Improper uploading of information. He suggested that when users install the app, they should look at what permissions are required to check whether they are reasonable.
Jian Shengcai said that if the app is too late to install the app, just remove it; if the app is deliberately hidden so that users cannot find it, making it difficult to delete, it is likely to be malicious software.
Jian Shengcai also reminded that after uploading photos, she was surprised that there might be privacy risks. Usually, it is too late. You can only see when the app itself sets when to delete photos on the cloud.
As for whether the location of the App developer needs attention, Jian Shengcai does not think it is the main consideration, but should pay attention to software word-of-mouth. You can refer to netizens’ reactions or whether they are positive.
FaceApp became popular in July last year with the “Aging” filter. The artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm changed the appearance of the people in the photos. The effect was quite realistic, but it also caused privacy disputes because of the need to upload the photos to the cloud database. . A survey by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in December last year found that FaceApp came from a Russian developer and had a “potential counterintelligence threat.”
Some users complained on Google Play that FaceApp claimed to cancel the subscription within 3 days of trial, otherwise it would charge an annual fee, but could not find a way to cancel the subscription. FaceApp official reply, you can select “Cancel Subscription” in the “Subscribe” option of Google Play.