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How to protect usernames and passwords?

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Meta Platforms has notified nearly one million Facebook users that their account credentials may have been compromised due to security issues with apps downloaded from Alphabet Inc. and Apple Inc.’s software stores.


The social media platform announced that it identified more than 400 malicious Android and iOS apps this year which target internet users in order to steal their login credentials.


Meta has informed both Apple and Google about the issue in order to prevent users’ data from further being compromised. These harmful apps work by disguising themselves as photo editors, mobile games, or health trackers, Facebook stated.


According to Apple, 45 of the 400 problematic apps were on its App Store and they have been removed. Google removed all the malicious apps in question, as per a report.


David Agranovich, Director of Global Threat Disruption at Meta, said, “Cybercriminals know how popular these types of apps are and use these themes to trick people and steal their accounts and 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."


Moreover, he explained how users can secure their accounts in case they have already downloaded such apps. Agranovich said, “ You believe you’ve downloaded a malicious app and have logged in with your social media or other online credentials, we recommend that you delete the app from your device immediately and follow the following instructions to secure your accounts."


Malicious developers create malware apps disguised as apps with fun or useful functionality — like cartoon image editors or music players — and publish them on mobile app stores.


Tips


Reset and create new strong passwords. Never reuse your password across multiple websites.


Enable two-factor authentication, preferably using an Authenticator app, to add an extra security layer to your account.


Turn on log-in alerts so you’ll be notified if someone is trying to access your account. Be sure to review your previous sessions to ensure you recognize which devices have access to your account.


It is also encouraged to report malicious applications that compromise Meta accounts to us through our Data Abuse Bounty program.


Delete apps


All of the apps have been removed from both the Play Store and App Store. After discovering them, Meta’s researchers reached out to Google and Apple to have them taken down so that more users wouldn’t be tricked into downloading them and having their Facebook accounts stolen.


The list below contains some of the controversial apps.


Android apps


Apex Race Game


Video Converter Master


Acetoon Photo Cartoon


ZodiHoroscope – Fortune Finder


Unblocked Website


Cool Photo Editor


Cool Filter Editor


Text Camera


Perfect Photo Effects | Loop Photo


Beauty Camera


Beauty Camera Plus


Bamboo VPN


Candles VPN


Fast VPN Proxy


Speedy Vpn Tunnel


YouToon – AI Cartoon Effect


Videolancer – Pro Video Maker


All in one Doc Editor & Viewer


Instant Translator


Meta Optimizer – Ads Analysis


Astro Horoscope Guide 2022


Tower Defense Zone – Batmen Rush


Smart AppLock


Pulse Music Player


Rush Car 3D


iOS apps


Business ADS Manager


Ads Analytics


FB Adverts Optimization


FB Analytic


FB Adverts Community


Adverts Ai Optimize


Very Business Manager


FB Business Support


Fb Ads


Meta Optimizer


Business Manager Pages


Adverts Manager


Meta Adverts Manager


Ad Optimization Meta


FB Pages Manager


Business Ads


Meta Business


Business Suite Manager


FB Ads Cost


Business Ads Clock


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