Apple protected App Store users from $1.5 billion fraud last year

Apple says it protected millions of users from nearly $1.5 billion in fraud last year by monitoring its official App Store.

According to a report recently released by Apple, more than 1.6 million risky and untrustworthy apps and app updates have been stopped in their tracks due to the company’s fraud prevention scan. .

In 2021, Apple says more than 835,000 new problematic apps and 805,000 additional app updates were rejected or removed for violating App Store guidelines – which aim to weed out buggy and unfinished apps, as well than those that contain potential issues related to privacy, security and spam.

Some of the most egregious violations may include apps that contain hidden or undocumented functionality (over 34,500 apps) or those that may cause harm (over 157,000 apps) by being spam, acting as impersonators for other apps or tricking users into making a purchase.

Both Google and Apple’s app stores have been plagued by apps that rob users of large sums of money if they don’t cancel their “subscription” before the end of a short “trial”. free”. Time and time again, it has been seen that people can be tricked into starting free trials of an app, not realizing that they will automatically be converted to a paid subscription.

Meanwhile, Apple notes that it’s not uncommon for app developers to try to circumvent its review process by creating an app that works in a particular way, only to change its behavior once approved. In 2021, over 155,000 apps were removed from the App Store for this reason.

Developers who commit violations repeatedly are removed from the Apple Developer Program, preventing them from submitting applications in the future.

Of course, Apple’s own verification system can’t go any further – and it’s likely that some scam apps will continue to sneak onto the net. For this reason, the general public is encouraged to report issues to Apple.

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