Coronavirus: Be careful with fake oximeter app, your private and biometric details can be stolen

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During the second wave of Coronavirus, the country faced a shortage of medical oxygen. In such a situation, there was a lot of confusion about the purchase of an oximeter to determine the level of oxygen in the coronavirus patients. There have been many mobile applications that claimed to tell the amount of oxygen in the body of a patient or a normal person, ie saturation. But according to the doctors, there is no such technology in the mobile application, which can tell the amount of oxygen in the body. The use of these applications can endanger the life of the patient.

Dr Ravi Mohta told that taking advantage of the lack of such oxygen, many oximeters also came into the market which does not meet the rules and standards of the government and the patient does not get the correct information even after using them. That’s why it’s important to buy the Oximeter after testing it. Ravi Mohta showed the use of a mobile application describing oxygen saturation, in which oxygen saturation also came. But while giving oxygen saturation in the application, it is made clear that it does not claim to be accurate. At present, there are more than two dozen such apps in the market. These are claiming to tell oxygen saturation without an oximeter.

Don’t trust the oximeter too much in order to check coronavirus symptoms

Dr Ravi Mohta said that the mobile application is not as per the rules and standards of the government. Whereas oximeters are also for use at home or on the way. Large machines are installed in the hospital to check different levels including oxygen, heartbeat. During the second wave, oximeters imported from China have become a cause of trouble for the people. In such a situation, people buy an oximeter after checking from the right place and on a confirmed bill.

Cyber ​​expert Pawan Duggal says that many mobile applications are coming to steal other data including fingerprints. In such a situation, people need to be alert. He is not able to tell the amount of oxygen in the body. According to Morphine Laboratories, the oximeter tells the oxygen saturation of people through infrared technology. Whereas mobile applications claim to tell oxygen saturation by photoplethysmography (PPG) technology. These have not been approved by DCGI and CDSCO. In such a situation, relying on the mobile application can put the life of the patient in danger. Along with this, complaints of data theft have also come to the fore.

Alert regarding the Oximeter mobile app

Last year in 2020 itself, the government had issued an alert regarding the Oximeter mobile app. This was the first phase of the epidemic when people felt the need for an oximeter for the first time. Then many people downloaded the app on mobile. The Cyber ​​Unit of the Central Government had also alerted the people by tweeting.

The advisory said that users should not download the Oximeter app from unknown URLs. These apps may claim to test the oxygen level, but they can be fake. As soon as it is downloaded, the user’s personal information, including biometric details, can be stolen.

Biometric details, which contain fingerprints or thumbprints, are one of our most intelligent information. If it is stolen and falls into the wrong hands, it can be misused not only to steal money from the bank but also to misuse our identity.