Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Jul 2012 12:23 UTC
Apple "Back in May of this year, Internet security firm Bitdefender launched an app and service designed to help iOS users get a grip on what the apps installed on their mobile devices may be up to. [...] The app tells owners of iOS devices which applications may be accessing more information than they need, and identifies potentially 'misbehaving' apps, giving users an inside look at all the information app developers can gather about a user. [...] Seems legit, right? Apple doesn't think so. Or at least they have an issue with something behind the app that sparked them to pull it from the App Store this week." That seems odd. Why would they do such a thing? "Interestingly, Bitdefender did share some data that they gathered based on Clueful's analysis of more than 65,000 popular iOS apps so far: 42.5 percent of apps do not encrypt users' personal data, even when accessed via public Wi-Fi; 41.4 percent of apps were shown to track a user's location unbeknownst to them; almost one in five of the apps analyzed can access a user's entire Address Book, with some even sending user information to the cloud without notification." Oh, right. Informing users their data is wholly unsafe? Not on Apple's watch!
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Pulled as hoax?
by bram on Fri 20th Jul 2012 16:02 UTC
bram
Member since:
2009-04-03

I think it got pulled because Apple (probably rightfully) believes this app to be a hoax.

How could the app ever inspect other apps on your device? The sandbox makes it completely impossible even to see what other apps are installed!

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RE: Pulled as hoax?
by Soulbender on Fri 20th Jul 2012 18:24 in reply to "Pulled as hoax?"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Maybe you should have done some basic research on the product and how it works before dismissing it as a hoax?

fyi, the apps are are analyzed at Bitdefender Labs, not on the phone. The phone knows what apps are on the phone and uses the information from bitdefender to show you what app does what.

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RE[2]: Pulled as hoax?
by bram on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 20:50 in reply to "RE: Pulled as hoax?"
bram Member since:
2009-04-03

Ok, sure, a remote database makes sense, but:
How does the app know what other apps are installed?

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