An app that tracks the symptoms of Covid-19 has become one of the most popular downloads in the United Kingdom. Researchers have created this non-profit initiative to learn more about the symptoms of the coronavirus. The app deals with private information, so the data is protected. But people need to be aware of potential dangers as other apps like this start surfacing in app stores.
Covid Symptom Tracker
Professor Tim Spector, a genetic epidemiologist at King’s College London, has created the app, named Covid Symptom Tracker. He has studied the genetics in twins over the last twenty-five years. Spector created the app to collect data about the twins in his study when he learned that the university would be closed. But the professor soon realized that he could scale up his research. The app was then made available to the general public.
Fake Tracking Apps
There are several countries that have published apps like the Covid Symptom Tracker. The data collected can help researchers in battling the virus. But sadly cybercriminals are taking advantage of the popularity surrounding the tools. Many security companies have found apps that pretend to be the real thing. These actually contain ransomware instead. Some also have the ability to hack into people’s cameras and record video and audio. Sadly, some people are being exploited when looking for information or trying to help with research. So beware of fake apps and misinformation in this time.