Miliefsky is concerned that predators could use personal data from the malware to find young kids. This is concerning because we trust these apps and allow our kids to use them. What is our government doing to stop this? As far as I know, nothing! But if you’re caught with the wrong plant in your possession they can force you into a cage at gunpoint.
It’s not easy to get the malware off of your phone either. Even if you delete the app, the trojans will stay on there. You have to do a factory reset to remove it. It might be a good idea to go to where you bought your phone from and have them help you. Just make sure to back up all your important stuff on your phone, such as your photos and contacts, before doing a factory reset.
As convenient as it is to have a flashlight on your phone, it may be a lot better to just buy a flashlight. If you have to have a flashlight on your phone, get an app with a file size of less than 100 kb. Miliefsky says the apps with malware on them have larger filesizes, ranging from 1.2-5 mbs, so getting a flashlight app with a very small file size is much safer.
Are Other Apps Spying On Us?
I’m sure flashlight apps aren’t the only apps spying on us. This is a growing concern and something needs to be done about this. There’s a good documentary about this called Terms and Conditions May Apply. Though it’s an inconvenient truth, it’s a reality. And the more that we all fight against this, the sooner we’ll get to the day when we don’t have to worry about it anymore.
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