The recent event where President Donald Trump was looking at perhaps secret documents with his smartphone's flashlight app brought to light (no pun intended) the security or lack of for flashlight apps.
Did you realize that your flashlight app may be gathering information about you? It may get some information like your location, Wi-Fi connection, phone and contacts. Your flashlight app’s permissions may also allow it among other things to access your photos and other files.
Take a look at the screenshot below to see what permissions you are giving if you choose to install the “Brightest Flashlight Free” app on your smartphone.
So how can you protect yourself?
I have heard of a flashlight app that can turn on a microphone (apparently, this access is spelled out before downloading it) so it could be recording a conversation so always be sure to check for permissions the app requires before downloading it.
You may be wondering about the recent episode with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago where the flashlight from a smartphone was used. The flashlight app per-se is not the concern unless it allowed for the ability to turn a microphone on. The issue is that some malware or security issue with the phone itself could cause a security breach where access is gained through the flashlight app as a result. In other words, the phone not being secure. This would likely affect other apps besides a flashlight app.
So if you have a flashlight app on your smartphone, check to see what permissions you have given it. If you have given it too many then “Privacy Flashlight” is a good replacement for it.
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