How do you get and install an needed app on your Mac? Will you go to the Mac App Store or the vendor’s website? Apple always boast that its App Store is a safe place to download apps, as it will review the uploaded apps to prevent potential harmful apps from being published there. However, recent news shows that Mac App Store may not be as safe as you think: some popular Mac apps have been caught circumventing protections supposedly provided by the App Store and invading users’ privacy.
On last Friday a few security researchers revealed their findings independently that a bunch of Mac App Store apps are employing dubious tactics to monitor users’ computer activities, like silently spying on the browser history, which obviously violates Apple’s guidelines. By far, more apps are found to be in the suspicious list.