Face App and PCI: Viral or Virus?
Everyone has either seen something regarding FaceApp, or even downloaded and it and used it themselves. It is trending significantly among smartphone users. With the popularity of Snapchat and other apps, it’s no surprise that an app that adds filters, or uses AI to modify the photo is making the rounds yet again. Same idea, different app name.
Why should we be concern?
While people are so eager to download Faceapp a harmless app, without even reading the terms and conditions that apply, such as whoever created the app now owns your digital media and can do whatever they want with it, whenever they want, and however, they want. Phishing, selling information, and targeted advertising. All things that are done electronically, and most data coming from apps that users have installed and given away all rights to privacy unknowingly. These apps like FaceApp keep coming along from money-driven developers. They know that someone will download their app, give free rein of their device, which can then be sold to other companies and turn a huge profit.
Face App and PCI: Viral or Virus? It all links back to security and privacy.
Continuing to process with a company, who didn’t really go into detail about their new Terms and Conditions, you have technically agreed to whatever they have decided to modify and throw in there. Downloading an app, you have agreed to whatever they have listed in their terms and conditions.
When you are not PCI Compliant or using Safe-T, the chance that someone can hack into your system and steal information is a major risk. Agreeing to a companies terms, that does not include keeping you up to date with encryption, PCI, or EMV is a disaster waiting to happen.
According to Insurance Journal: “More than half of U.S. businesses (53 percent) have experienced a cyber attack in the past year, according to a survey of business executives. The nationwide survey, released by The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co. (HSB), part of Munich Re, found that of those businesses hacked in the previous 12 months, 72 percent spent more than $5,000 to investigate each cyberattack, restore or replace software and hardware, and deal with other consequences.”
Digital information is bleeding out everywhere you look, allowing that to happen to your business, your life, your customers, its all in bad form. We make sure that that will not happen. We care about your privacy and the privacy of your customers.
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