App Store Scams

From ArsTechnica:

Researchers said that a tip from a child led them to discover aggressive adware and exorbitant prices lurking in iOS and Android smartphone apps with a combined 2.4 million downloads from the App Store and Google Play.

Scams do happen. Regardless of what sort of filtering Apple and Google try to apply via their closed-garden App Stores, scams and junk will still find ways to make it through the filter.

While it’s certainly not an argument against having any filter at all, I see this as an argument against Apple and Google being able to have the only filter with their App Store monopolies. Give users a choice to select different payment methods, side load apps, and even choose an alternate App Store. Competition breeds the best products, which should lead to a better App Store from Apple or Google.

No one should believe that by allowing Apple total control over which apps are allowed to run on iOS that it will lead to a nirvana of safety and security. In this case, the scam was detected by children after the apps had already made it into the store!

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