With Fleeceware apps, user accounts are debited, even though they have not extended the trial period. Users have to cancel this subscription manually before the trial period expires. However, since many people simply uninstall the app after the test, trial use continues and converts to a paid subscription, even though the app is no longer used. Usually, app developers have to ensure that the subscription is also terminated when an app is uninstalled.
Sophos Finds Fleeceware In iOS Apps
Sophos security researchers are now warning of Fleeceware that can be downloaded as iOS apps from the Apple Store on iPhones and iPads. A study by Sophos has shown that manufacturers of Fleeceware apps are now also targeting App Store for iPhones and iPads.
If such an installation is carried out, the user of the app also gives permission to register the charging fee on the user’s App Store account. If the user uninstalls the app before the end of the trial period, there should be no fees. After the trial period has expired, the user’s account is automatically debited and the user is allowed to use the app if it is still installed.
Fleeceware Is A Serious Problem
As you can see, it is a seriously profitable operation. 3.5 million installations are no easy task and were achieved despite Apple’s strict rules for what is and is not allowed in the App Store. On Google Play, where the approval process is much less strict, the number of users affected can be much larger. Since the apps appear in the official stores, it’s up to the users to protect themselves. Fortunately, this shouldn’t be too difficult. Most likely, your smartphone can scan QR codes instantly, which means you don’t need a third party app to do it. When it comes to filters for your photos, there are a number of widespread services that offer you numerous functions and are much more transparent when it comes to what is free and what is paid. The result is that you can easily avoid getting fleece on your device if you handle the apps installed on it more carefully.