Answers to Your Questions on Our Apps in the Mac App Store

  • Answers to Your Questions on Our Apps in the Mac App Store

Answers to Your Questions on Our Apps in the Mac App Store

The app came with a description as a security software and was specifically created to "prevent malware and malicious files from infecting a users Mac device".

As a result, Trend Micro states it removed this feature that collected users' browser history.

Several Trend Micro apps have been removed from the Mac App Store after they were found to breach Apple's rules by exporting users' browsing histories. Cleaner and Dr. Antivirus have disappeared from the Mac App Store after experts, including Malwarebytes Labs" head of Mac Thomas Reed, spotted that user data was needlessly being "exfiltrated' from these products. "Selecting "Scan" launched an open dialog with the home directory selected, this is how the app gets access to a user's home directory, which it needs in order to collect the history files from browsers." the report noted.

A similar situation happened in the then Windows-Store with Torrenty, an app which would install adware once downloaded, It slipped past app store verification but was struck down once media reports brought it under scrutiny. Readers must note that in Apple's Top Paid App List, this app was a top grossing application sitting at fifth spot.

'When an application runs inside a sandbox it is constrained by what files or user information it can access, ' Wardle explained.

But in this case, users had an entire day's worth of their browsing history sent to Trend Micro's server.

It may have been going on for nearly three years, too-the first version of Adware Doctor was released in December 2015.

Despite Trend Micro's apology, not everyone in the security community is buying the company's explanations. "Cleaner, minus the list of installed applications", Reed wrote in his analysis. 9to5Mac confirmed this with its testing of the Dr. Unarchiver app. Cleaner, Dr. Antivirus, and Dr. Unarchiver, uploaded a "small snapshot" of users' browser histories that covered the 24 hours before installation.

Trend Micro linked to a support page for Dr. Inc were collecting browser history from Chrome, Safari, and Firefox and uploading it to the company's servers. Second, we have permanently dumped all legacy logs, which were stored on US-based AWS servers. "This has been corrected". The apps offered by this developer includes Dr. Unarchiver, Dr. Mashable has asked Apple for a comment concerning its lack of oversight in approving the application, but Apple has not yet responded.

These problems raise serious questions about the security of software downloaded from the Mac App Store.

Perhaps Apple does not care about the Mac App Store as much as the iOS App Store simply because it does not generate as much money for it.

But, Wardle said, "it's questionable whether these statements actually hold true", given the number of apps found to be stealing data. However, since then other similarly problematic apps have been discovered.