Most of us have gotten used to downloading and installing apps as part of our daily lives. These can be useful apps to help us be more productive and organised, for communication with our friends and family or merely for entertainment and amusement. There are risks and benefits involved especially if we are installing apps that are not part of the official app store.
Other apps, especially for amusement, are not always from legitimate organisations and you should be careful about this. I always think about the information and access requested and whether this is really necessary or appropriate. If it’s something that I can do without and I have concerns about it then I don’t install it, especially if there are better alternatives. The face changing app is a good example of how these apps can be dangerous.
This also applies to other devices. Be careful about installing software from unknown soucres downloaded from the Internet. Most major vendors now provide software and updates by download but do this from within the program or check that the site is legitimate before downloading. You should always scan downloaded files with a virus checker as a precaution and this should be done automatically by your security software.