You must avoid these iOS apps have Fleeceware and can steal your money

Google Play Store is typically home to malware-laden apps or malicious-intentioned apps and Apple is the one that comes with all the protections. This is not always valid, however, and that is proven by a recent study by cybersecurity firm Sophos Labs.


by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 13, 2020 10:03 IST

Tags: App News Tech
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Around 30 iOS apps have been discovered that have Fleeceware in them, according to the security firm Sophos Labs. The applications in Fleeceware have been downloaded from the App Store over 3.6 million times. Fleeceware apps do not contain malware but are the ones that cause financial fraud for those who don't know.

Fleeceware apps offer free trials to users for a short time. When an user doesn't want to pay after the subscription ends, then he or she must terminate the trial or uninstall the application. When the app is deleted, it is best that the device developers cancel the subscription themselves. However, the developers of the Fleeceware app do not do so and are paying users a lot (around hundreds of dollars a year).

Such apps often tend to be free on the App Store, but when a user purchases them, the free trial notification will tend. Additionally, the Fleeceware apps are engaged in heavy advertisements (featuring ads on YouTube, TikTok, and other apps) because of which people mainly download them.

As a reminder, a group of Android apps that had Fleeceware in them were found back in January. The apps had over 600 million Google Play Store installs. This means that Fleeceware apps are susceptible to both the Google Play Store and the App Store.

Here are Fleeceware iOS apps that you need to delete

  • Seer App: Face, Horoscope, Palm

  • Selfie Art – Photo Editor

  • Palmistry Decoder

  • Lucky Life – Future Seer

  • Life Palmistry – AI Palm & Tag

  • Picsjoy-Cartoon Effect Editor

  • Aging seer – Faceapp, Horoscope

  • Face Aging Scan-AI Age Camera

  • Face Reader – Horoscope Secret

  • Horoscope Secret

  • CIAO – Live Video Chat

  • Astro Time & Daily Horoscope

  • Video Recorder / Reaction

  • Crazy Helium Funny Face Editor

  • Banuba: Face Filters & Effects

  • QR Code Reader & Barcode PRO

  • Max Volume Booster

  • Face Reading – Horoscope 2020

  • Forecast Master 2019

  • Curiosity Lab-Fun Encyclopedia

  • Quick Art: 1-Tap Photo Editor

  • Astroline astrology, horoscope

  • Celeb Twin – Who you look like

  • My Replica – Celebrity Like Me 

  • mSpy Lite Phone Family Tracker

  • Fortunescope: Palm Reader 2019

  • Zodiac Master Plus – Palm Scan

  • WonderKey-Cartoon Avatar Maker

  • Avatar Creator – Cartoon Emoji

  • iMoji – Cartoon Avatar Emojis

  • Life Insight-Palm & Animal Face Protection Status