There are thousands of photo processing apps available on the App Store, but many of them are not worth your time or money. AMELIA HUNTER looks at ten inexpensive apps that get the job done well.
Apple’s famous App Store has thousands of photo processing applications, but most of them aren’t worthy of your time and money. If you’re looking for good and not very expensive apps that can edit images, resize them, and add different effects and filters, have a look at our list of the best photo editors for the iPhone:
PicsArt, which was first designed as an Android app and came to the App Store not so long ago, is one of the most popular photo editing apps at the moment. Its Android version reached 35 million downloads in less than a year, and it was this unexpected success that made its developers start working on its iOS version, too.
PicsArt offers a lot of free photo editing tools (advanced ones like masks and corrections, and usual ones like frames, borders and so on) and cool filters. It also allows users to draw on their photos with different brushes, or add other graphics to them.
Today, PicsArt’s Android version has about 2 million unique visitors every day, and 4 million registered users (even though the app doesn’t require registration). It has more than 500,000 user reviews on the Google Play store with average rating of 4.7 (Instagram, for example, is 4.6, and Adobe Photoshop Express is only 4.0). PicsArt appeared on the App Store not so long ago, but it already has a lot of positive reviews there, too, so I’m sure the iOS version of the app will become as popular as its Android twin pretty soon.
Download: PicsArt at iTunes
Instagram is another cool and very popular app that lets you edit images and share them via social networks. It doesn’t offer many filters (15 only, in fact), so it’s a good tool for those who need to edit their pics a bit and share them online (just keep in mind that you’ll need to create an account first).
Download: Instagram at iTunes
Filterstorm is one of the biggest photo editing apps ever it offers as many features as most PC applications. With its help you can correct colors, reduce noise, sharpen images, convert them to black-and-white, and even use the Clone tool to get rid of unwanted things on your photos. You can even work with images in raw format.
Filestorm has great user interface, and the only problem is that it’s easier to use on the Apple iPad’s big screen rather than on the iPhone, though it works just fine on both.
Download: Filterstorm at iTunes
4. Adobe Photoshop Express
When I think of photo editing, what immediately comes to my mind is Photoshop. But, no matter how strange it may be, Photoshop’s iOS version doesn’t have as many features and tools as we’d like it to have. It doesn’t even have the Clone tool!
However, if you want to slightly edit your photo, crop or rotate it and add some simple effects, Photoshop is what you need. You can also play with exposure, saturation, tint and contrast I guess these are among Photoshop’s most used features among amateurs, so it’s a rather nice basic editor after all.
iDarkroom is another fast and useful photo processing app. It offers a number of color filters, exclusive effects (like Zoom Blur, Circular Blur, Old TV, Glow, Soft Light), ability to adjust contrast, brightness, saturation and color gamma, and much more. You can also use its basic editing features like crop or rotate, and use the app to share your images on social networks.
iDarkroom has lots of positive user reviews on the App Store, and it’s definitely worth trying.
6. Perfectly Clear
Perfectly Clear is the next among the best photo editing apps available at the App Store. It can help you make imperfect photos look nice and clear by either using one of 4 presets or playing with 12 different characteristics of the image. It can even change your skin tone, enlarge your eyes and make your teeth look even whiter. Sharing the final images on social networks is also possible.
Camera+ can be used to edit the images that have already been taken, or take new ones using its filters and effects.
It doesn’t offer hue/saturation adjustments like most other similar apps, but you can still have much fun with all those filters. And of course you can use the app to share images via Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.
Download: iTunes link
8. Best Camera
Best Camera is another basic photo editor that can let you quickly add filters and other effects to your photos and share them.
The effects aren’t named in this app, which makes it rather difficult to figure out which filter to use, but once you try all of them, everything becomes clear. There are many interesting effects and filters here to enjoy, but ¬£1.99 seems to be too expensive.
Download: from here
If you want to add text to your photos, Phonto is what you need. It offers more than 200 fonts (and you can install others, too), plus you can edit your text, change its color, size, add shadows, rotate it and do much more.
With Moquu, you can take photo sequences and make an animated gif image out them. You can also add different fun effects to your gif images and share them on your favourite social networks without paying a single penny for it.
Download: from iTunes
* Amelia Hunter is founder and editor of http://www.teqno-logical.com. Follow her on Twitter on @HunterAmelia
Scammers cleaning up with gullible computer users
Kaspersky experts have detected a two-fold rise in the number of users being attacked with fake system cleaners – fraudulent programmes designed to trick users into paying for alleged serious computer issues to be fixed. The number of users hit reached 1,456,219 in the first half of 2019, compared to just 747,322 for the same period in 2018. During this time, some of the attacks have become more sophisticated and dangerous.
A slow-working or poorly performing computer is a common complaint among PC users, and there are many legitimate tools available to solve such issues. However, alongside genuine system cleaners, there are fake ones developed by fraudsters that are designed to trick users into believing their computer is in critical danger, for example through memory overload, and needs immediate cleaning. The attackers then offer to provide such a service in return for payment. Kaspersky defines and detects such programmes as ‘hoax system cleaners’.
Upon receiving user permission and payment, the fraudsters install the hoax programmes that claim to clean the PC, but which often either do nothing or install adware – an annoying, but not critical, storm of unsolicited advertising – on the computer. Increasingly, however, the cybercriminals are using the installation of hoax cleaners to download or disguise malware such as Trojans or ransomware.
The countries most affected by attacks with hoax cleaners in the first half of 2019 show how geographically widespread the threat is; leading the list is Japan with 12% of affectedusers, followed by Germany (10%), Belarus (10%), Italy (10%) and Brazil (9%).
“We’ve been watching how the phenomenon of hoax cleaners has been growing for the last couple of years, and it is a curious threat. On the one hand, many samples that we have seen are spreading more widely and becoming more dangerous, evolving from a simple ‘fraudulent’ scheme into fully functioning and dangerous malware. On the other hand, they are so widespread and seemingly innocent, that it is much easier for them to trick users into paying for a service, rather than frightening them with screen blockers and other unpleasant malware. However, these two ways end up with the same results with users losing their money,” says Artemiy Ovchinnikov, security researcher at Kaspersky.
Kaspersky detects hoax system cleaners as:
To avoid falling victim to hoax threats, Kaspersky researchers advise users to:
- Always check that the PC services that you are about to adopt are legitimate and easy to understand. If it sounds confusing, use a search engine to find out more about the service as there may be a more detailed explanation available
- Use a reliable security solution for comprehensive protection with a clean-up function for a wide range of threats and PC cleansing, such as Kaspersky Security Cloud.
- If you are purposely looking for a PC cleaner, use reliable, IT-targeted sources of information for recommendations, with a long-built reputation and software reviews.
Read the full report on Kaspersky Daily.
Trend Micro unveils security suite for Azure in Africa
Cybersecurity leader Trend Micro Incorporated has announced highly optimised security solutions for Microsoft Azure workloads for customers in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Trend Micro Deep Security suite takes into consideration that a customer needs to approach cloud security differently than one would traditional security. As a result, it is fully optimised for Microsoft Azure. The suite ensures that a customer can tap into a solution that provides flexible, scalable protection of operating systems, applications, and data without slowing you down.
“Microsoft is an important partner to Trend Micro and as a result we have built a series of technologies that support their position in the cloud,” says Indi Siriniwasa, vice president at Trend Micro Sub-Saharan Africa. “Our security solutions are uniquely optimised for Microsoft Azure and complement Microsoft Azure Security Centre so customers across the world continue to turn to Trend Micro to help better secure their Azure real estate. With Microsoft Azure now available from new cloud regions in South Africa, customers can rest assured that we support the use of Microsoft to streamline provisioning of security for Windows virtual machines and SharePoint workloads.
“This will help customers to ensure that their security follows them from their physical environment to the cloud and back again, customers can automate security with Microsoft PowerShell scripting to streamline provisioning of security for Windows virtual machines and SharePoint workloads plus many other orchestration tools for Azure, including Chef, Puppet, and RightScale, we can also help clients to better automate security control deployments.”
With Deep Security for Azure, businesses can detect and protect against intrusions as well as protect their business against serious vulnerabilities with intrusion detection and prevention (IDS/IPS). The solution will also help uncover suspicious changes to a system and immediately highlight and alert the business to these activities – without security admins having to manually sort through logs.
It also has the ability to keep malware off of workloads by using predictive machine learning mechanisms to detect unknown threats and prevalent attacks, so that a user can identify and then remove malware and blacklist domains known to be command-and-control (C&C) servers. Customers can also stop applications attached with IPS rules that block XSS or SQL attacks and other serious vulnerabilities until systems can be patched, as well as increase application visibility and control.
A particularly relevant feature within the South African context is that Deep Security is able to speed up a client’s route to PCI DSS compliance. The Deep Security solution allows a client to meet multiple PCI requirements with a single product, including intrusion detection and prevention, file integrity monitoring, and log inspection.
“Trend Micro’s integration with Microsoft Azure reduces the dependence on multiple point security tools, helping you to identify and address security and configuration issues quickly,” says Adwait Joshi, director, Azure Product Marketing at Microsoft Corp.
Trend Micro provided the following information:
Trend Micro’s Deep Security currently secures more servers globally than any other solution and specialises in protection for cloud and virtualised workload. It acts as part of the Trend Micro Hybrid Cloud Security solution, powered by XGen and provides comprehensive, flexible security for Azure workloads in a single product, so you can build new applications or move existing resources to the cloud with confidence.
Deep Security protects workloads by:
- Defending against network threats with intrusion detection and prevention (IDS/IPS)
- Immediately protecting against vulnerabilities like Shellshock and Heartbleed
- Keeping malware off Windows and Linux workloads
- Alerting when unplanned or suspicious changes are made to systems
- Stopping SQL injection and XSS attacks on applications
- Gaining visibility and control of elastic workloads with application control that fits DevOps
Local Trend Micro customers can also turn to the company’s Trend Micro Cloud App Security which is directly integrated into Office 365 via APIs. This includes advanced email protection, as well as compliance on third-party cloud file sharing services such as: Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business.