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Beware! These Mac apps might be stealing your data

13 September 2018

Cleaner, a cleanup app that offers Memory Optimization, Disk Cleaning and System Monitoring, and Dr. Antivirus, an antivirus app that protects Mac users from adware and hijack browsers, ' the company told the tech site. On September 7, Apple deleted Adware Doctor from their store after it was found tracking and stealing various personal information from its users. The apps also collected information on other apps that were installed on the computer and then bound all that data in a zip file and uploaded the data to the developer's server.

The Japanese multinational firm initially said these charges were "absolutely false", but admitted in the same statement that a number of apps were indeed uploading browser histories as Apple had claimed.

Security firm Trend Micro has apologized after several of its consumer macOS anti-malware products and utilities were discovered to be capturing the notebook's browser history data and sending it to a remote server.

"The potential collection and use of browser history data was explicitly disclosed in the applicable EULAs and data collection disclosures accepted by users for each product at installation", the company said.

The company notes that it disclosed this data collection in its end-user license agreements and that browser history data was uploaded to a United States server hosted by Amazon Web Services and managed by Trend Micro. Readers must note that in Apple's Top Paid App List, this app was a top grossing application sitting at fifth spot.

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Apple has pulled Trend Micro's apps from the store although Trend Micro still has some apps, both for desktop and mobile listed.

"Most of this is data that App Store apps should not be accessing, much less exfiltrating", wrote Thomas Reed of Malwarebytes in an advisory.

On Monday, Trend Micro confirmed that the macOS apps were harvesting what it called a "small snapshot" of users' browser histories.

The 9to5Mac report went on to claim that Dr. Unarchiver, Dr.

Also removed is App Uninstall (spotted by security researcher Joshua Long), another product under Trend Micro's developer account. In addition to these apps stealing data, Reed noted in his analysis that at least two Trend Micro apps appeared to be acting improperly.

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It said it had made a decision to remove the browser history collection feature and had erased all the browser history data it had stored from previous collections.

Despite denying any wrongdoing, Trend Micro said it was taking steps to reassure users that their data was safe.

The BBC has contacted Apple for comment. Worse, critics are now wondering how these programs were able to get past the usual screen and still allowed on the Apple App Store.

Spyware apps making their way into app stores are not unique, but most are obscure and rarely used.

Reed is telling Mac owners to be wary of unnecessary apps.

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Beware! These Mac apps might be stealing your data