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Covid-19: Do not believe in fake apps claiming to provide accurate blood oxygen levels


Team Udayavani, Jul 28, 2020, 1:04 PM IST

Amid pandemic, people are becoming more and more anxious regarding their health which in turn has give cyber criminals an opportunity to loot money.

We have heard various kinds of phishing campaigns, scams related to  Covid-19. Now, criminals are sharing malicious news and applications which is used to steal information and money

One such viral message is now doing the rounds which claims to detect oxygen levels with the phone light and camera or fingerprint

However, there is no evidence as of now that any smartphone technology is accurate for the clinical measurement of oxygen saturation.

Dr. Ananth Prabhu G, cyber law and security trainer, and professor at Sahyadri College of Engineering said that People fall prey to these kinds of apps quickly,  because of Covid19 where good health and safety is of prime importance.

These apps ask to place our finger on camera to compute the oxygen levels which can help hackers to gain access over our personal details .He said that these apps can access our personal photos and SMS

Dr Anand Prabhu said that rather than relying on these fake apps one can easily buy an oximeter for Rs  1,400

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