Deepfakes may ruin the world and also you

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Can you envision a world where you see a video of a world leader engaged in a terrible act, but you can’t tell whether it’s real or a completely computer-generated fake? What about a world where pretty much anyone can make one of these fake videos on a regular computer using free tools? This sounds awful, right? Well, it gets worst.

Imagine seeing yourself in a video saying things you’ve never said before, controversial things that could cost you your job or humiliate you in front of your friends and family. How would you respond if you saw your face on a character in an adult movie? Scary right? The worst part is that, within a few months, anyone who has a regular computer will be able to create such fake videos very easily. Already, some mobile apps create fake videos that are impossible to distinguish from real ones. And this is just the beginning, considering how fast machine learning technologies have developed over the last few years.

What is Deepfake?

A deep fake is a video created using a type of machine learning to pick up someone else’s facial movements and place them onto another person’s face. This allows the creators of these videos to manipulate viewers. Let’s see some scary examples to understand how it works.

Watch the video of former U.S. President Barack Obama made by using artificial intelligence technology.

Do you think Kim Kardashian and Mark Zuckerberg would say these things in public?

“I genuinely love the process of manipulating people online for money.“

@bill_posters_uk

“..whoever controls the data controls the future“

These edited videos are called “deepfakes”. They are made using artificial intelligence (AI). The technology uses existing footage of a person as a data point to capture facial structure, expressions, and speech to make a video that looks hyper-realistic. Similar technologies were used before in Hollywood movies and cost a lot of money. However, recently a Chinese app named Zao was released that does the same thing for free and in a really short time. Keep reading. It gets worse.

See this guy who substituted his face for DiCaprio

Deepfake means anyone can create fake news and videos easily

Apps like Zao that allow people to create deepfake videos can cause social chaos. This technology has a lot of potential to affect us badly in many different ways. In addition to its threat to the political system and the decision-making process regarding elections, it has quite a big potential to ruin relationships between people. It opens a really wide door for stalkers and harassers as well as ex-boyfriends/husbands and other perpetrators.

When anyone can create such videos, it’s really hard to keep creators accountable. Fake videos do not always target just politicians; many journalists and activists are already concerned about deepfakes amplifying local harassment and targeting innocent people. Deepfakes can hurt anyone regardless of age, gender, country, color, or social status.

Is there any way to detect deepfake videos?

Although some institutions and companies like DARPA (The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), Facebook, and Microsoft are trying to create awareness of this situation, there is still no completed algorithm that can detect such videos once they are uploaded on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube. Recently, Facebook and Microsoft launched a new contest for detecting deepfake videos and they stated that they are willing to pay $10 million to winners.

Lately, we at Zemana are focusing entirely on how to detect deepfakes as we see this as the biggest social problem of the near future. We are working on this issue for a year now and from our researches, it’s clear that the deepfakes can have really bad effects on politic life and non-politic life. For now, we can say that innocent internet users are suffering more from deepfakes. We are working on solutions for companies, institutions, and individuals. We can clearly say that we are ahead of cyber criminals and will have a surprise to announce at NeurIPS( Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems) conference this year. We at Zemana value privacy rights and strongly oppose violations of human rights.

Stay tuned!

Few tips about staying safe online and preventing identity theft.

In this article, we prepared some of the tips that can help you in order to be protected from any potential danger while you are on the internet.

1. Stay away from sending sensitive data across public WiFi networks.

We all have those moments where we need to use public WiFi networks regardless where we are or what we are doing in that time. However, we need to be careful while we are using public WiFi especially when we want to send sensitive data.

2. Use Two-Factor Authentication systems on your accounts.

Imagine waking up on a beautiful day, opening your laptop or PC and realizing that you can’t access your social media accounts, your e-mails and bank accounts. Prepare yourself for the worst, your credit card might be used for shady transactions. No one wants this scenario to be true right? However, this is something many people experiencing every day.

To prevent such cases, you better use the two-factor authentication system where the platform will check double to see if your identity is legitimate.

3. Do not share your passwords.

By keeping your log-in information private, you are making sure that your personal information stays private too. Your personal and financial information can be stolen very easily if you are not careful with the safety of your account. You can start maintaining your safety by keeping your passwords in private, just for yourself. Plus, do not forget to log off when you are not on your desk.

4. Keep an eye on your bank accounts all the time.

Shopping online made things easier and that’s the reason we are choosing to shop online instead of going to market. However, there are many risks regarding your credit card information while you are shopping online that you need to be careful of. Keeping an eye on your transaction history will protect you from losing money.

5. Be aware of social media-spread fake contests and links.

Social media platforms are nice to engage with friends and other people. However, everyone does not have the same goal. Some people may try to manipulate with links and send viruses to your devices. Although social platforms are trying to prevent such cases. Sometimes it’s not enough. So in these cases you have to make sure you are using a decent antivirus software to make sure everything is under control.

6. Only download software from reputable sources.

When you need to download software on your devices, you better use popular and known sources. This will save you every time if you don’t want to have malware running on your devices. If you have already downloaded things you want to clean, please download our Free Demo Zemana AntiMalware 3.0 to scan fast and get effective results.

7. Shop only at familiar websites.

Shopping on reliable and familiar websites will save you from having loss regarding your bank account and personal information. We all know Amazon, eBay and Target but there is something you need to be careful about these sites. Make sure you are on the correct website. Because some people may try to trick you by using misspelling URL(for example, .net instead of .com)

8. Use an antivirus program on desktop and mobile.

The internet can be a dangerous place, full of cyber criminal activity designed to trick you. Click with confidence with features that help keep you safe—like password management, mobile security, and identity and privacy protection.

We highly recommend software that will solve your problem in a fast and efficient way. Please check Zemana software for desktop and mobile;
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