From Instagram to Snapchat, camera apps are some of the most popular on the App Store and Google Game store.
But a new report may encourage you to re-evaluate which camera apps you have on your smartphone.
The report, from Cyber News experts, alerted Android users to about 30 "dangerous" camera apps that have been downloaded 1.4 billion times.
In a blog about the findings, researchers Bernard Beyer explained: “When you download a beauty camera app, you probably expect to add a makeup filter or cartoon on your face to take more interesting selfies, or just to clean up some photos of quality you took.
"But in the background, you don't expect these apps to track and sell your data, affect you with malicious and uninterrupted ads, redirect you to phishing sites or even spy on you."
The researchers analyzed the top 30 results displayed on the Google Play Store after searching for "beauty camera".
They analyzed three factors for each application – the amount of dangerous permissions requested, the location of the application's developers, and any history of malware, spyware, vulnerabilities or unethical practices.
The "revealing" analysis revealed that applications were requesting up to seven dangerous permissions, most of which were unrelated to the main role of the application.
This includes permissions to record audio, use GPS and view the user's phone status.
In the meantime, an app has been found to turn on your camera, despite not asking for permission to do so.
Beyer added: “These are non-essential applications that seem quite risky. Therefore, we recommend that you take care when deciding whether or not to download these applications. "
The 30 "dangerous" apps
BeautyPlus – Easy Photo Editor and Selfie Camera
Beauty camera – selfie camera
Beauty Camera Plus – Sweet camera makeup photo
Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera and Photo Editor
Selfie Camera – Beauty Camera and Photo Editor
YouCam Perfect – Best Selfie Camera and Photo Editor
Sweet Snap – Beauty Selfie Camera and face filter
Sweet Selfie Snap – Sweet Camera, Beauty Cam Snap
Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera with Photo Editor
Beauty Camera – Best Selfie Camera and Photo Editor
B612 – Beauty camera and filter
Face makeup camera and beauty photo makeup editor
Sweet Selfie – Selfie Camera and Makeup Photo Editor
Selfie camera – Beauty and makeup camera
YouCam Perfect – Best Photo Editor and Selfie Camera
Beauty Camera Makeup Face Selfie, Photo Editor
Selfie Camera – Beauty Camera
Z Beauty Camera
HD Selfie Beauty Camera
Candy Camera – selfie, beauty camera, photo editor
Makeup Camera-Selfie Beauty Filter Photo Editor
Beauty Selfie Plus – Sweet Wonder HD Camera
Selfie Camera – Beauty Camera & AR Stickers
Beautiful makeup, beauty photo editor and selfie camera
Bestie – Camera360 Beauty Cam
Photo Editor – Beauty Camera
Beauty Makeup, Selfie Camera Effects, Photo Editor
Selfie cam – bestie makeup beauty camera and filters