What you need to know
- Fleeceware apps have earned over $400 million dollars between the App Store and Play Store.
- The apps charge unreasonable recurring fees in order to have access to the app's features.
Fleeceware apps are ripping people off to the tune of $400 million between the App Store and Play Store.
In a blog post (opens in new tab), Avast, an antivirus and VPN service, revealed that 204 fleeceware applications have managed to gobble up over $400 million in revenue across Apple's App Store and the Google Play Store. The company has reported all of the apps to both companies in order to have them removed.
Fleeceware apps generally fulfill the original promise of what the app does but charges an exorbitant recurring fee to maintain access to the app. According to the report, most of the apps that practice this particular version of shadiness are image editors, musical instrument apps, and QR code readers.
The entire post is very informative and, if you are trying to protect yourself from these kinds of apps, Avast has put together some tips to do so (opens in new tab).
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
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