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Scam Apps Are Making Big Money in the App Store

How does an app from a no-name developer earn $80,000 per month on the App Store? Johnny Lin decided to find out. The app “Mobile protection :Clean & Security VPN” claims to scan your iPhone for viruses and malware, charging a whopping $99.99 for a 7-day subscription (it seems to have disappeared now). Of course, thanks to iOS sandboxing and other security features, malware isn’t a significant issue in Apple’s mobile operating system. Lin details how unethical developers are taking advantage of App Store tools and policies to bilk unsuspecting iOS users, and he offers suggestions for how Apple can solve the problem. It’s baffling that Apple approved apps like this in the first place — perhaps it’s a side effect of faster app review times. Until Apple removes these scam apps and improves its app review policies, spread the word to make sure family and friends don’t get ripped off!Generic Globefollow link


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Peter U  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2017-06-12 22:13
When I clicked the "Scam Apps" article Safari crashed. You may want to check the link:
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2017-06-13 09:49
I think it's the %40 that replaced the @ when a production macro URL-encoded the link. I'm not sure why that should cause Safari problems, but it did seem to. I've put it back to an @ and it appears to work now.