Maybe that’s why I like Apple? They have a go-it-alone attitude and try to own as much of what they make as possible. Sometimes that works– Apple’s own Bionic CPUs come to mind– sometimes not– Samsung’s OLED displays in iPhone. Who monitors Apple’s own App Stores?
Apple. Of. Course.
Apple’s tight fist hold on the App Store has made it more of a safe haven for customers; a respite from the storm of thieves and copycats– at least, relative to Google’s own Play Store.
Play Store has such an infestation of bad actors that Google had to partner with a few mobile security firms to help find and bounce them out of their digital saloon. Why? Malicious Android apps threaten to overrun good apps and stain an already besmirched Play Store reputation.
What Google wants to do is obvious. Stop malicious software before it gets downloaded to Android smartphones. Apparently, that’s not easy. Even Apple has a few problems but the Cupertino company hasn’t resorted to paying for the services of hitmen or bouncer goons to do the deed.
Or, if Apple has, nobody has found out about it yet. That would be a story worthy of a presidential tweet.
Google says that a mere .04-percent of all Android apps that users download from the Google Play Store are infected and harmful. Well, that’s good because it means 99.96 must be perfect. It also means more than 30-million bad apps get downloaded.
Those are big numbers, folks.
What would happen if Apple hired a hitman– a technology company with permission to scour apps on the App Store to find those bad actors?
First, I would be surprised. Second, I would be disappointed. Third, I would worry more about which apps I download and subscribe to and start looking at Certified Good Guy lists online instead of, well, taking a chance without some measure of verification.
App subscriptions already have me spending much less money trying out apps than I did in years past. The knowledge that malware is so bad in the App Store that the iPhone maker hired some digital goons to help clean it out would be a disaster for Apple.
It’s not a disaster for Google.