Wednesday, 20 January, 2021

30+ apps y’all should remove before they empty your bank accounts


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

  1. Seer App:Face, Horoscope, Palm
  2. Selfie Art – Photo Editor
  3. Palmistry Decoder
  4. Lucky Life – Future Seer
  5. Life Palmistry – AI Palm & Tag
  6. Picsjoy-Cartoon Effect Editor
  7. Aging seer – Faceapp, Horoscope
  8. Face Aging Scan-AI Age Camera
  9. Face Reader – Horoscope Secret
  10. Horoscope Secret
  11. CIAO – Live Video Chat
  12. Astro Time & Daily Horoscope
  13. Video Recorder / Reaction
  14. Crazy Helium Funny Face Editor
  15. Banuba: Face Filters & Effects
  16. QR Code Reader – Scanner
  17. QR Code Reader & Barcode PRO
  18. Max Volume Booster
  19. Face Reading – Horoscope 2020
  20. Forecast Master 2019
  21. mSpy Lite Phone Family Tracker
  22. Fortunescope: Palm Reader 2019
  23. Zodiac Master Plus – Palm Scan
  24. WonderKey-Cartoon Avatar Maker
  25. Avatar Creator – Cartoon Emoji
  26. iMoji – Cartoon Avatar Emojis
  27. Life Insight-Palm & Animal Face
  28. Curiosity Lab-Fun Encyclopedia
  29. Quick Art: 1-Tap Photo Editor
  30. Astroline astrology, horoscope
  31. Celeb Twin – Who you look like
  32. My Replica – Celebrity Like Me

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