October 20, 2014
Check out this special report...
~Half a billion~ downloads of the top 10 Flashlights Apps--the ones we all have on our smartphones--and guess what?
All/most are malware/spyware from China, India, and Russia that are spying on you!
Your contacts, banking information, even your location, is being intercepted by hackers abroad,
The cybersecurity experts Snoopwall (that conducted this study and are offering a free opensource "privacy flashlight") are recommending that you don't just uninstall these flashlight apps, because they leave behind trojans that still are functioning behind the scene and capturing your information.
So instead doing a backup of key information and then a factory reset of the smartphone is advised.
Pain in the you know what, but these flashlight apps are shining a light and compromising your personal information.
Snopes points out that the flashlight apps may be no more vulnerable to spyware than other apps you download and that perhaps the screening process from the app stores help to protect us somewhat.
When the cyber hackers decide to exploit those apps that are vulnerable, whether for political, military, or financial gain, it will likely be ugly and that flashlight or other app you use may prove much more costly than the download to get them. ;-)
(Thank you Betty Monoker for sharing this.)