March 5, 2012
How Apple is losing its grip on mobile app security
The iOS App Store was created so that users could download and operate apps in a secure space. Theoretically, an application would not be able to execute malware on a device or purvey copyright infringing content. And all applications would pass under Apple's watchful eye. Mashable reports.
However, developers who wish to bend the rules or try to defraud users of their money and sensitive information are finding new avenues by which to accomplish their goals.
... If user confidence falls, then the impulse buy could disappear, surmised Phill Ryu, one of the developers of Clear. Right now, users generally trust the App Store to not steal their information, to have legitimate products and information, but that all changes once they get ripped off by an app.
More people have figured out the system�s vulnerabilities, and have subsequently learned how to exploit them for their own gain. Given the size of the App Store and the number of apps it contains, it may be difficult for Apple to catch up and monitor store activity. Some apps will fall through the cracks � it�s to be expected. But in the meantime, the number of cracks continues to increase.
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