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Apple has once again warned of the dangers of sideloading apps with the release of a new security paper that says the practice could cripple the iPhone’s privacy and protections and expose users to serious risks.
This new paper comes at a time when Apple is facing growing pressure to allow developers the ability to offer customers their apps in a direct transaction rather than through the curated App Store.
This practice is called sideloading.
Apple is gaining support against sideloading with data and recommendations from the US Department of Homeland security, the European Agency for Cybersecurity, NIST and Norton.
Apple’s paper, titled Building a Trusted Ecosystem for Millions of Apps, paints an eye-opening picture of the current landscape and the many threats users face daily.
Apple also highlights the fact that mobile malware is on the rise and predominantly present on Android which does allow sideloading.
Some of the stats included in the paper mentioned that Android devices were found to have up to 47 times more malware infections than iPhone with the European Regulatory agency reporting 230,000 new mobile malware infections per day.
Apple says there are nearly six million attacks per month detected by security firms on its clients Android mobile devices.
With the smartphone becoming such a popular touchstone for customers who use it in their personal, professional and financial lives, cybercriminals have targeted that small computer we carry in our pocket.
Apple says most rely on third party app stores or direct downloads to spread their malware.
Apple is under scrutiny in Europe with governments proposing that the company allow developers the freedom to offer their apps directly to the customers rather than through Apple’s own App Store.
This sideloading is what Apple says could become a major concern for iPhone users.
In the new paper, Apple says sideloading would mean more harmful apps would reach users making them easier for cybercriminals to target them.
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