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Apple says App Store stopped fraudulent transactions worth $1.5 billion

Apple has released its second annual Fraud Prevention Analysis which says it has protected customers from nearly $1.5 billion in potentially fraudulent transactions, while preventing 1.6 million risky app updates and vulnerable to affect users. The company says it has many processes that constantly monitor its App Store to reduce fraud.

The company says it has prevented the use of more than 3.3 million stolen cards and banned nearly 600,000 accounts from re-transacting. According to the company, it protected users from a total of nearly $1.5 billion in potentially fraudulent transactions in 2021.

One of them is App Store App Review which combines IT automation with manual human review to act as a gatekeeper for apps that want to be on the App Store. The App Review team reviews all apps and updates to ensure they meet Apple’s privacy, security, and spam guidelines. The company calls this team a critical line of defense, protecting users from bad actors.

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In 2021, more than 107,000 new developers were able to get their apps on the store after going through the app review process, the company revealed. In the same year, more than 835,000 new problematic apps and 805,000 other app updates were rejected or removed for various reasons.

A smaller group of apps and updates were rejected for what Apple calls “gross violations that could harm users or profoundly diminish their experience.” In 2021, this included over 34,500 apps rejected for containing hidden or undocumented functionality and over 157,000 apps rejected because they turned out to be spam, copycat or misleading to users. Some of them were trying to manipulate users into making purchases.

According to Apple, developers sometimes attempt to circumvent App Review by creating an app that passes the review, then changing its design or functionality once it has been approved. In such cases, AppReview removes such apps and affected developer accounts will be terminated after receiving a 14-day notice of appeal process. In 2021, more than 343,000 apps were rejected for requesting more user data than necessary or for mishandling the data they had already collected.

Removal of Fraudulent App Store Ratings and Reviews

Users often depend on reviews and ratings to decide if an app is right for them or which app is best for them from a list of options. These ratings also help to improve the visibility on the app store and also give the developers feedback on how to improve their app and its features based on the wishes of the users. But illegitimate ratings and reviews threaten all this, letting untrustworthy apps game the system to trick users into downloading the app through false claims.

Apple says its App Store processed more than a billion ratings and reviews in 2021, and removed and blocked more than 94 million reviews and 170 million ratings after failing to meet moderation standards . Another 610,000 reviews were removed after publication based on customer feedback and human rating.

Apple also removes developer accounts if they are used for fraudulent or deceptive purposes. It terminated over 802,000 developer accounts in 2021, and another 153,000 developer registrations were rejected in fraud gigs, preventing bad actors from submitting an app to the store.

The company has also blocked more than 3.3 million instances of illegally distributed apps through the company’s Enterprise Developer Program, which aims to allow large organizations to privately develop and distribute apps for internal use. .

The Cupertino-based tech giant also disabled more than 170 million customer accounts associated with fraud and abusive activity. Additionally, 118 million attempts to create additional accounts were rejected in 2021 because they displayed patterns consistent with fraudulent and abusive activity.