Android Users Beware

At a recent IT security meeting I attended, one of the presenters made a very strong warning for users of Android smartphones.  This specifically relates to the camera light and using it as a flashlight.

If your device does not have a built in widget for using the camera light as a

I have not been able to personally verify this risk, or which apps this may apply to, but I was able to find corroborating information that makes this risk appear to be legitimate.

So, if you are using a flashlight app on and Android device, you should remove it.  Only use a native widget, like that found on the iPhone, to use your camera light as a flashlight.  If it wasn’t put there by the manufacturer, as part of the operating system, don’t trust it.

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