iPhone users have been warned to look out for 30 apps which can charge you high subscriptions without your knowledge.
The list of 30 programs you may have downloaded includes apps known as fleeceware – software which can raid your bank account.
Researchers from Sophos Labs say you should delete any of the apps if you have them, reports The Mirror.
A Sophos spokesman said: “W found more than 30 apps we consider fleeceware in Apple’s official App Store.
“Many of these apps charge subscription rates like $30 per month or $9 per week after a 3- or 7-day trial period. If someone kept paying that subscription for a year, it would cost $360 or $468, respectively. For an app.”
Most of the apps identified by the researchers were image editors, horoscope/fortune telling/palm readers, QR code/barcode scanners, and face filter apps (scroll down for the full list).
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Despite the fact that most are advertised on the App Store as ‘free’, they were found to charge users huge amounts.
Sophos explained: “If you think one of these apps is free and install it, the app presents you with a “free trial” notification immediately upon launching the app for the first time.
“This notification prompts the user to provide payment card details. In some cases, most of the useful features of the app will only be usable if you sign up for the subscription.
“Some users may sign up to subscribe without reading the fine print, which includes the actual cost of the subscriptions.”
While the researchers focused on iOS apps in this study, they warned that many similar fleeceware apps are also present on the Google Play Store.
Based on the findings, the researchers are urging the public to be vigilant about the apps they install on their smartphones.
Sophos added: “Users should remain vigilant and carefully scrutinize the terms for purchasing or “subscribing” to apps promoted through in-app advertisements. If $30 a week seems like a lot to spend on astrology, a barcode reader, or an app that will show you what you’ll look like when you’re 80 years old, find another app.”
If you have one of these fleeceware apps on your iPhone and want to cancel your subscription, here’s how:
- Open the Settings app
- Tap your name, then tap Subscriptions
- Tap the subscription that you want to manage
- Choose a different subscription option, or tap Cancel Subscription. If you don’t see Cancel Subscription, the subscription is already cancelled and won’t renew
The 30 fleeceware apps
- Seer App:Face, Horoscope, Palm
- Selfie Art – Photo Editor
- Palmistry Decoder
- Lucky Life – Future Seer
- Life Palmistry – AI Palm & Tag
- Picsjoy-Cartoon Effect Editor
- Aging seer – Faceapp, Horoscope
- Face Aging Scan-AI Age Camera
- Face Reader – Horoscope Secret
- Horoscope Secret
- CIAO – Live Video Chat
- Astro Time & Daily Horoscope
- Video Recorder / Reaction
- Crazy Helium Funny Face Editor
- Banuba: Face Filters & Effects
- QR Code Reader – Scanner
- QR Code Reader & Barcode PRO
- Max Volume Booster
- Face Reading – Horoscope 2020
- Forecast Master 2019
- mSpy Lite Phone Family Tracker
- Fortunescope: Palm Reader 2019
- Zodiac Master Plus – Palm Scan
- WonderKey-Cartoon Avatar Maker
- Avatar Creator – Cartoon Emoji
- iMoji – Cartoon Avatar Emojis
- Life Insight-Palm & Animal Face
- Curiosity Lab-Fun Encyclopedia
- Quick Art: 1-Tap Photo Editor
- Astroline astrology, horoscope
- Celeb Twin – Who you look like
- My Replica – Celebrity Like Me
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