Facebook Warning Users But Why?
Facebook users are advised to avoid using the New Profile Pic app, which some experts suspect is transmitting data to Russia. The software uses facial-recognition technology to allow users to edit the photograph they upload and produce a new image to publish on social media.
Hundreds of thousands of individuals have updated their profile images using the new app in the latest online fad. Still, many are unaware that their information, including photographs, is being forwarded to a Moscow-based corporation.
What is the New Profile Pic app?
The New Profile Pic software (also known as NewProfilePic Picture Editor) employs artificial intelligence to transform profile photographs into the artwork by identifying essential areas on an image of your face and generating a new version. The program, which now has tens of thousands of users, can be downloaded to mobile devices and permits data transmission, including your location and access to other social media photographs on your feeds.
According to the Mail Online, some analysts believe the app transmits people’s photos and data directly to the Kremlin because the company behind it, Linerock Investments, is situated near the Russian Ministry of Defence, three miles outside Red Square.
According to the data policy of the firm, “we gather some personal information that you willingly supply to us.”” When you register, we gather your name, email address, user name, social network information, and other information you submit.” The app is number one in the Apple app store for photographs and has received 25,000 ratings on Google Play.
Is the New Profile Pic app a scam?
The program is called NewProfilePic Picture Editor at the Apple App Store in the United States and was created by Informe Laboratories, Inc. However, the app’s website is registered to Linerock Investments, which is located near the Russian Ministry of Defense, which causes alarm among cybersecurity specialists.
While it’s unclear whether the app and website are even related, Jake Moore, Global Cybersecurity Advisor, ESET Internet Security, told Mail Online that users should be cautious when uploading photographs or personal data to a new website. In addition, users on Twitter are sharing experts’ concerns about a Russian-based scam, with one person calling the New Profile Pic app a “phishing scam.”
“If you have it on your phone, remove it. If you granted it full access, change your passwords, tell your bank, there has been a large increase in bank accounts emptying and individuals getting locked out of their accounts,” the user stated. What is known about the app’s ties to Russia?
How to protect yourself
Although it is unknown whether the New Profile Pic is a hoax, you should always exercise caution when using new apps. Before downloading, check the privacy policies of any services you consider using since you may unintentionally agree to reveal personal information. Also, use a strong password, biometric features, or two-factor authentication to keep your device safe.