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Apple published a whitepaper on the dangers of sideloading of apps

By Liu Hongzuo - on 13 Oct 2021, 8:00pm

Apple published a whitepaper on the dangers of sideloading of apps

Apple's whitepaper on sideloading of apps.

Apple recently published a whitepaper about the cyber threats users may face when they sideload apps.

Titled “Building a Trusted Ecosystem for Millions of Apps”, the whitepaper talks about the current threat landscape affecting the mobile industry before giving several examples of how malware and malicious programmes use sideloaded apps to access and infect users devices.

The whitepaper points out some interesting numbers. For example:

  • Over the past four years, Android devices were found to have 15 to 47 times more malware infections than iPhone.
  • Android devices that installed apps outside Google Play, the official Android app store, were eight times more likely to be affected by potentially harmful applications than those that did not.
  • One single mobile device infected with malware costs an organisation an average of nearly US$10,000.
  • iOS users download almost 50% more apps than they did five years ago.

If you’re interested in learning more about how we use phones (and not just about sideloading), don’t forget to check out the document here.

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