Revisiting iOS Security as Apple Cracks Down on Antimalware Apps
In an effort to prevent users from thinking that the 6-month-old iOS 8, dubbed the “biggest iOS release ever,” has exploitable flaws, Apple is reportedly cracking down on antimalware products in the iOS App Store.
Recently, a known email and cloud scanner app for iOS was taken down from the App Store, disrupting a niche of users who were using it to ensure that files forwarded to non-iOS users were free from malware. Apple reasoned that the app’s App Store description was misleading and could lead customers to think that iOS 8 products can be exploited. The app’s representative then reported that Apple may have plans to completely remove the antivirus and antimalware category in its iOS App Store.
We have yet to see threats successfully attack the iOS 8 platform, but that doesn't mean it can be assumed that it can't be attacked or compromised in the future. iOS device users need to be constantly on-guard for the following reasons:
- A closed ecosystem may not ensure app security
- 2 out of 10 iOS devices are still running on older versions
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