Meta detects 400 malicious apps stealing passwords

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Apps are great and so are your passwords. Your passwords should be special, unique and private.

On no account should you share your passwords with anyone. Just as we keep our phones, credit and debit cards close to our heart, we should do the same about our passwords.

Keeping our passwords safe is not the only we should do to protect our data, we should also be conscious about the apps we download.

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Apps are helpful, they connect us to whatever it is that we want; shopping, social media and keep us entertained; games, music, movies and so on.

They may be cool but can also be harmful. Malicious apps steal data; passwords and sensitive information.

If the login information is stolen, attackers could potentially gain full access to a person’s account and do things like message their friends or access private information.

In 2022, Meta has identified over 400 malicious Android and iOS apps that target people all over the internet in order to steal their Facebook login information.

Meta the parent company of Facebook and Instagram via its blog said that Apple and Google have been informed and are helping potentially impacted people to learn more about how to stay safe and secure their accounts.

According to Meta, “These apps were listed on the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store and disguised as photo editors, games, VPN services, business apps and other utilities to trick people into downloading them.”

A list of the malicious applications can be found on Meta’s website, click here.

How to protect your data

Check out the legitimacy of the app. Are they asking you to put in your data? Do they want `you to sign in on another platform?
Go online to know what others are saying about the app.
Always remember that Facebook will not ask you for your password or sensitive information.
If you get a suspicious link from anyone, you do not click on it.
Delete apps that are not secured.
Do not reuse your passwords. Reset it if you have to.
Activate the two-factor authentication.
Turn on login-in alerts.



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