Johnny Lin writing on Medium has uncovered scammers operating nice and snugly within Apple’s walled garden. I guess weeds are sprouting up now. This is a big deal. This app “Mobile protection :Clean & Security VPN” was/is #10 on the App Store in the Productivity category.
“You will pay $99.99 for a 7-day subscription”
Seriously… wtf! How this ever got onto the App Store in the first place is beyond me. The English for a start is atrocious, and coming from me, that’s saying something.
Additionally, as Lin says, you’re paying for something that an app can’t possibly do on an iPhone.
I’m pretty sure it’s impossible for any app to scan my iPhone for viruses or malware, since third party apps are sandboxed to their own data
The vector here seems to be the new ads that Apple is allowing in the App Store. This is the problem with advertising. Everybody pisses all over Google because of their data collection for advertising purposes, but this is no different. Apple needs to get out of the advertising business. Selling high end, expensive products is one thing, trying to squeeze more money out of advertising when you clearly have no idea what you’re doing is quite another.
This is gross negligence on Apple’s part and the fact that this app has been on the store since April 20 is obscene.
Folks are quick to point out that apps on Android are generally more insecure. This may no longer be the case with this Apple debacle. Apple needs to boot this app off the store and ban the developer. They also need to refund every sucker who got sucked in by this scam.
It’s getting harder and harder to differentiate between Apple and Google. And that’s upsetting. Apple used to care more about their users. But a 2 month old app scamming people out of $400 a month clearly suggests to me that Apple has lost their way.
Whether you like Google or Apple, or like me, both, remember, corporations are not your friend.
How you like them Apples!