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Meta Security Experts Advise Users To Use 2FA As Hundreds of Malicious Apps Identified

Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf is a law graduate and freelance journalist with a keen interest in tech reporting.

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Since the inception of social media apps, cyberpunks have always continued to input malicious apps on Android and iOS that are primarily aimed at snatching users’ information. This has prompted security experts at Metas to advise users to properly secure their accounts and, in particular, by using the options for two-factor authentication.

Fraudulent offers continue to get through, even though it appears that every program is thoroughly reviewed before it is published on the official download platforms of the mobile systems.

More than 400 malicious apps on Android and iOS have been found by the social media company’s security team, and they are largely designed to steal Facebook users’ login credentials. The Play Store and the App Store for Apple both offered all of the apps included in the meta team’s analysis.

By offering more or less beneficial services across a wide range of categories, the suppliers attempted to locate victims. The collection featured false games, photo editors, music players, VPN clients, torches and other utility tools, business apps, health and lifestyle apps, and businesses.

A rogue app required users to sign into their Facebook account to use its features after downloading and running it. Yet this was a typical phishing scam. The attacker then received the data and could access the user’s account completely. The compromised profile might then be used to access personal data or spam friends. 

This theoretically puts other users in danger as well. Based on their results, the security professionals at Metas encourage users to use the 2FA two-factor authentication solutions to secure their Facebook accounts fully. Particularly, this applies to consumers who had just signed up for an app through Facebook. The discovered apps were reported to Google and Apple and have now been taken down from the download stores.

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