Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

These Mac apps have been secretly collecting your data

These Mac apps have been secretly collecting your data

In a blog post, the company said that the apps "collected and uploaded a small snapshot of the browser history on a one-time basis, covering the 24 hours prior to installation".

Popular applications including Dr. Unarchiver, Dr.

Apps such as Dr. Unarchiver and Dr.

The whole point of an App Store is that all apps on the platform are vetted and verified by Apple before they are listed for download. The process of stealing user data starts after unzipping the app and the user seeing an offer to "Quick Clean Junk Files".

It is important to note that the three apps analyzed by Privacy_1st did not exhibit data exfiltration behavior every time they launched.

The method used by Dr. Antivirus, Dr. Now with new evidence that Adware Doctor application is actually breaking the rules and stealing user data, hence, now the well-known security application Adware Doctor was eventually removed from the store and is not available. "So yes will be able to detect and clean adware, but also collect and exfiltrate any user file it so chooses".

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Another thing these apps have in common is a connection with Trend Micro and a Chinese developer.

"Trend Micro is aware of a recent scrutiny of some of our consumer applications, including our Dr".

"Let's face it, your browsing history provides a glimpse into nearly every aspect of your life", Patrick Wardle, a former NSA hacker and chief research officer at cybersecurity firm, Digita Security said. Well, that seems to be exactly what's happened with a series of apps which have now been yoinked from the store by Apple. The company claims this was done for "security purposes", particularly to see if users had recently come into contact with adware or other threats.

The two apps that users say are guilty of this are called "Dr. Unarchiver" and "Dr". Cleaner, which are distributed by developer Trend Micro, Inc., reportedly collected and uploaded users' browser history to their servers, according to a 9to5Mac report on Sunday.

Despite cases like this, however, App Stores are safer than the wild internet as curtain - even one that is many times perfunctory - can still screen unsafe apps more often than not. A representative of the company told BleepingComputer that the company statement would be updated continuously.

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