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Apples security crackdown: are you at risk?

If you logged onto the App store yesterday, you might have noticed a change. Something… Different. Something not quite right. The change might not have been obvious to you at the time, but it was lighter somehow, less cluttered.

That’s because Apple removed 20 malware-affected Apps from the App Store last month.

Despite Apple’s rigorous commitment to safety and security through complex screening procedures prior to uploading, some dangerous apps had slipped through the cracks.

These apps installed what are known as ‘root certificates’. These seemingly innocuous files allow third parties to see through Apple’s security shields and see encrypted content. This includes

Apple has removed apps from its App Store that could be used to monitor information sent to and from iPhones and iPads.

Yesterday Apple took down several apps in light of fears they could violate users’ privacy. The move follows the discovery of more than 20 malware-infected apps in the App Store last month.

“We’ve removed a few apps from the App Store that install root certificates which enable the monitoring of customer network data that can in turn be used to compromise SSL/TLS security solutions,” said one Apple spokesperson.

“We are working closely with these developers to quickly get their apps back on the App Store, while ensuring customer privacy and security is not at risk.”

The good news for you is that the intentions of these apps appears to be genuine. Whilst these root certificates can allow third parties to see your encrypted data, they also block annoying ads – which seems to be the purpose of these particular ads.

But, as I’m sure you’re aware, you can never be too safe.

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