November 26, 2021
Apple Responds to the European Commission's Proposed Digital Markets Act by Arguing Sideloading Apps isn't Safe

Apple Claims iOS is Safer than Android because it Doesn’t Allow Sideloading Apps

Apple continues its fight against the European Commission’s proposed Digital Markets Act, stating sideloaded apps present consumer dangers…

Apple isn’t giving up its opposition to the European Commission’s proposed Digital Markets Act. The corporation recently shared an in-depth document that highlights the security and privacy risks of sideloading mobile apps. (The practice of installing applications outside the official Apple App Store from third-party websites or other app stores not sanctioned by the company.)

Apple Responds to the European Commission’s Proposed Digital Markets Act by Arguing Sideloading Apps isn’t Safe

Apple says that if the proposition goes through, it would allow consumers of its products to sideload mobile programs that aren’t vetted by the tech giant and therefore, could contain malicious code, such as malware, ransomware, fleeceware, and more. As an example, the company cites rival Google. Its Android devices do allow sideloading and this presents a real risk to consumers:

“Android smartphones are the most common mobile malware targets and have recently had between 15 and 47 times more infections from malicious software than iPhone. A study found that 98 percent of mobile malware targets Android devices. This is closely linked to sideloading: In 2018, for example, Android devices that installed apps outside Google Play, the official Android app store, were eight times more likely to be affected by potentially harmful applications than those that did not.”

Ashley Lipman

Ashley Lipman is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking.

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