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FaceApp warning! Don't download dangerous IOS or Android age challenge apps - Metro.co.uk

FaceApp warning! Don't download dangerous IOS or Android age challenge apps - Metro.co.uk


FaceApp warning! Don't download dangerous IOS or Android age challenge apps - Metro.co.uk

Posted: 18 Jul 2019 03:40 AM PDT

METRO GRAB - FaceApp age filter is everywhere right now, but iOS and Android users need to know their rights FaceApp Inc/Apple https://apps.apple.com/us/app/faceapp-ai-face-editor/id1180884341
FaceApp allows users to edit images of their face. The ageing feature is being used in a viral 'challenge' right now which has seen millions of people shared pictures of their artificially haggard visages (Provider: FaceApp Inc/ Apple)

You've probably seen all of your friends share pictures they've edited using a piece of software called FaceApp.

But if you're planning to heed the siren call of this wildly popular photo-editing app, you need to be very careful.

Some observers have already raised privacy concerns about FaceApp and warned that its policies could allow it to collect all the images people upload to it.

But there are hidden dangers lurking out there in the world of photo-ageing apps which also you need to be aware of.

A number of lookalike apps have popped up in places like the Google Play Store.

If you download and install them, you're putting your security at risk because you don't know what sort of rules and policies the app has – meaning you can't say for sure what will happen to your images or data.

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There are also a number of similar apps which are simply rubbish, rather than dangerous, so are basically a waste of money.

A demonstration of the powers of FaceApp! (Image: Akie Mine)
A demonstration of the powers of FaceApp! (Image: Akie Mine)

One of the apps available for download is called FaceApp! and uses the exclamation mark to distinguish itself from the genuine software.

It's only had five reviews – all of which have been one star.

Nonetheless, it's sitting at position number 8 on Apple's free app chart.

'Waste of time,' one reviewer roared after trying FaceApp!.

'Really appalling.

'Needs a lot of work and someone has to actually make it do what it's supposed to do.'

We ran the Chinese app's description through autocorrect and it said: 'An interesting camera app where faces are switched!

'Instantly replace photos taken with a camera or photos of an album with the face recognition system!

'The faces of men and women, the faces of fathers and children, the faces of friends and lovers, are exchanged and the photo is completed!'

The single review of the app we found used a headline featuring just one word: 'dreadful.'

FaceApp and why we are all obsessed with ourselves
Famous people have been hit with a broadside of pictures produced using the genuine version of FaceApp (Pictures: Rex/ FaceApp)

People who downloaded apps such as Facetify were also disappointed and saddened to encounter in-app payments to unlock features of their not-so-shiny new software.

The top free app on Apple's App Store right now is Oldify, which costs 99p and is made by a reputable company – so isn't a hoax or a fake app.

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If you download it, you could face similar privacy concerns to FaceApp – but with a different company involved.

On Google Play one of the top apps right now is called AgingBooth. Although it's received quite a lot of good reviews, the app hasn't been updated since 2016.

This is the logo of Face App: Gender Changer - an app proving very popular on Google Play (Image: Wakana)
This is the logo of Face App: Gender Changer – an app proving very popular on Google Play (Image: Wakana)

In the top 10 most popular apps is software called Face App: Gender Changer. 

Its creators wrote: 'Face App: Gender Changer is a face editor that helps you transform to a woman or a man using our amazing beautify tools. now you can easily change my gender.

'Make me older or younger, make me attractive or beautiful and more features at your hand.

'This face changer app turn man to woman, young to old and enhance my beauty. Using our editor guarantees visual enhancement on your photos.

'We hope you enjoy.'

However, one reviewer was scathing in his criticism.

'Literally, the dumbest thing ever,' he claimed.

'If you want to look old or the opposite gender, it's literally just screenshots of Google images of older people or the opposite genders' features. Like, half a wrinkly jaw, or a single hair cut for grey hair.

'Which you then have to paste onto your original photo and position by shrinking or expanding the already pixelated shoddy selected Google images of old and different gender features.

'Complete waste of precious data. 0/10 would not recommend.'

Another writer warned that this 'was not the FaceApp you're looking for'.

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MORE: 'It's a prophet of doom': FaceApp is plunging people into a harrowing existential crisis

The risks posed by lookalike apps differ.

At best, the app will seek to show you loads of adverts in the hope you'll click on them, visit a website and earn them some cash in the process.

At worst, sneaky developers could use their fake software to sneak data-gathering tools onto your device or even use dodgy ads to persuade you to hand over your bank account details.

So if you're downloading FaceApp – make sure you go for the real deal on the App Store or Google Play.

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FaceApp warning! Don't download dangerous IOS or Android age challenge apps - Metro.co.uk


FaceApp warning! Don't download dangerous IOS or Android age challenge apps - Metro.co.uk

Posted: 18 Jul 2019 03:40 AM PDT

METRO GRAB - FaceApp age filter is everywhere right now, but iOS and Android users need to know their rights FaceApp Inc/Apple https://apps.apple.com/us/app/faceapp-ai-face-editor/id1180884341
FaceApp allows users to edit images of their face. The ageing feature is being used in a viral 'challenge' right now which has seen millions of people shared pictures of their artificially haggard visages (Provider: FaceApp Inc/ Apple)

You've probably seen all of your friends share pictures they've edited using a piece of software called FaceApp.

But if you're planning to heed the siren call of this wildly popular photo-editing app, you need to be very careful.

Some observers have already raised privacy concerns about FaceApp and warned that its policies could allow it to collect all the images people upload to it.

But there are hidden dangers lurking out there in the world of photo-ageing apps which also you need to be aware of.

A number of lookalike apps have popped up in places like the Google Play Store.

If you download and install them, you're putting your security at risk because you don't know what sort of rules and policies the app has – meaning you can't say for sure what will happen to your images or data.

Advertisement

Advertisement

There are also a number of similar apps which are simply rubbish, rather than dangerous, so are basically a waste of money.

A demonstration of the powers of FaceApp! (Image: Akie Mine)
A demonstration of the powers of FaceApp! (Image: Akie Mine)

One of the apps available for download is called FaceApp! and uses the exclamation mark to distinguish itself from the genuine software.

It's only had five reviews – all of which have been one star.

Nonetheless, it's sitting at position number 8 on Apple's free app chart.

'Waste of time,' one reviewer roared after trying FaceApp!.

'Really appalling.

'Needs a lot of work and someone has to actually make it do what it's supposed to do.'

We ran the Chinese app's description through autocorrect and it said: 'An interesting camera app where faces are switched!

'Instantly replace photos taken with a camera or photos of an album with the face recognition system!

'The faces of men and women, the faces of fathers and children, the faces of friends and lovers, are exchanged and the photo is completed!'

The single review of the app we found used a headline featuring just one word: 'dreadful.'

FaceApp and why we are all obsessed with ourselves
Famous people have been hit with a broadside of pictures produced using the genuine version of FaceApp (Pictures: Rex/ FaceApp)

People who downloaded apps such as Facetify were also disappointed and saddened to encounter in-app payments to unlock features of their not-so-shiny new software.

The top free app on Apple's App Store right now is Oldify, which costs 99p and is made by a reputable company – so isn't a hoax or a fake app.

Advertisement

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If you download it, you could face similar privacy concerns to FaceApp – but with a different company involved.

On Google Play one of the top apps right now is called AgingBooth. Although it's received quite a lot of good reviews, the app hasn't been updated since 2016.

This is the logo of Face App: Gender Changer - an app proving very popular on Google Play (Image: Wakana)
This is the logo of Face App: Gender Changer – an app proving very popular on Google Play (Image: Wakana)

In the top 10 most popular apps is software called Face App: Gender Changer. 

Its creators wrote: 'Face App: Gender Changer is a face editor that helps you transform to a woman or a man using our amazing beautify tools. now you can easily change my gender.

'Make me older or younger, make me attractive or beautiful and more features at your hand.

'This face changer app turn man to woman, young to old and enhance my beauty. Using our editor guarantees visual enhancement on your photos.

'We hope you enjoy.'

However, one reviewer was scathing in his criticism.

'Literally, the dumbest thing ever,' he claimed.

'If you want to look old or the opposite gender, it's literally just screenshots of Google images of older people or the opposite genders' features. Like, half a wrinkly jaw, or a single hair cut for grey hair.

'Which you then have to paste onto your original photo and position by shrinking or expanding the already pixelated shoddy selected Google images of old and different gender features.

'Complete waste of precious data. 0/10 would not recommend.'

Another writer warned that this 'was not the FaceApp you're looking for'.

Advertisement

MORE: 'It's a prophet of doom': FaceApp is plunging people into a harrowing existential crisis

The risks posed by lookalike apps differ.

At best, the app will seek to show you loads of adverts in the hope you'll click on them, visit a website and earn them some cash in the process.

At worst, sneaky developers could use their fake software to sneak data-gathering tools onto your device or even use dodgy ads to persuade you to hand over your bank account details.

So if you're downloading FaceApp – make sure you go for the real deal on the App Store or Google Play.

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