Apple stopped $1.5 billion in fraudulent App Store transactions in 2021

New Delhi: Apple protected customers from more than $1.5 billion in potentially fraudulent App Store transactions in 2021, the company said.

This prevented attempts to steal App Store users’ money, information and time, and kept nearly a million new problematic apps out of their reach.

Apple said in a statement Wednesday that it has shut down more than 1.6 million risky and vulnerable apps and app updates from fraudstering users.

“Bad actors continue to evolve their methods of online fraud, often making their schemes harder to recognize. That’s why Apple has continued to refine its processes, create new ones, and design solutions to deal with these threats,” he added.

In 2021, Apple disabled more than 170 million customer accounts associated with fraudulent and abusive activity.

“In 2021 alone, through a combination of technology and human review, more than 3.3 million stolen cards were prevented from being used to make potentially fraudulent purchases, and nearly 600,000 accounts were re-enforced. prohibited from making transactions,” Apple informed.

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In 2021, App Review helped over 107,000 new developers get their apps to the store.

“This process can be iterative, as sometimes apps may be unfinished or contain bugs that hinder functionality when first submitted for approval, or they may need to improve their moderation mechanisms for user-generated content” , said Apple.

In 2021, more than 835,000 new problematic apps and 805,000 additional app updates were rejected or removed due to various reasons like these.

“As part of the app review process, any developer who believes they have been wrongly reported for fraud can file an appeal with the app review board,” the tech company noted.

Last year, the App Review Team rejected over 34,500 apps because they contained hidden or undocumented functionality, and “over 157,000 apps were rejected because they were found to be spamming, copying, or misleading users, such as by tricking them into making a purchase.”.

Sometimes nefarious developers try to circumvent App Review by creating an app that appears one way, only to change its concept or functionality once it has been approved.

In 2021, over 155,000 apps were removed from the App Store for these types of violations.

The App Review team also rejected more than 343,000 apps for requesting more user data than necessary or for mishandling data already collected.

With over 1 billion ratings and reviews processed throughout 2021, Apple has consistently detected and blocked over 94 million reviews and over 170 million ratings since publication for non-compliance. of moderation.

“In an effort to protect users who download apps beyond the safe and trusted App Store, over the past 12 months Apple has found and blocked more than 63,500 illegitimate apps on pirate storefronts,” said the society.

In the past month alone, Apple has blocked more than 3.3 million instances of illegally distributed apps through its Enterprise Developer Program.

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