Apple's App Store has a reputation for being safe, despite this, some malicious apps have wormed their way onto the platform. Apps posing as well known and legitimate retailers have appeared recently in Apple's App Store.
Unfortunately for shoppers, these are not designed to assist them as they prepare for the festive season. Instead, they are stealing personal information, credit card details and even locking users out of their phone unless they pay a fee.
Apple has promptly investigated and removed these apps. Tom Neumayr, an Apple spokesman has said, “We strive to offer customers the best experience possible and we take their security very seriously. We’ve set up ways for customers and developers to flag fraudulent or suspicious apps, which we promptly investigate to ensure the App Store is safe and secure," he added. "We’ve removed these offending apps and will continue to be vigilant about looking for apps that might put our users at risk.”.
The App store has a reputation for being safe and Apple have taken steps to investigate suspicious apps as well as providing users with a means to report anything suspicious.
Still, with hundreds of App submissions everyday Apple do not always have time to go through every app thoroughly. There is still also the possibility that the developer could change the content of the app after its approval.
App store users should exercise caution by avoiding apps with overwhelmingly negative reviews and view with suspicion any apps with unusual miss-spellings or typos in their names and descriptions.