2 comments on “App fraud! Call the Appolice! Or don’t.

  1. Zohar says:

    You do realize that by saying “I’m sure” and “I’m willing to bet” about the passwords that you, also, don’t actually know. (that being said, anyone with the same password as the combination to my luggage is a sad fool)

    There’s also the issue of the number of comments will always be a small percentage of actual abuse, what the scale is, we can’t actually know.

    You ignore the other issues of app developers cheating – one with 1000 apps that had been manipulated to be popular just got kicked off the app store. “I’m sure” there are many more that should be booted as well.

    The original article is basically saying, “Hey, Apple, you’re not perfect. How are you going to respond to this?”

    Some options:
    – “it’s a non-issue for us”
    – “you guys are to blame” (the Jobs reality di
    – “we’re gonna nip this in the bud (by being even more closed off with our system)”
    – “we’re gonna nip this in the bud (by being more transparent with how things are run)”

    Adner is recommending the last option for Apple. Little chips to their reputation can build up over time. The question is if they remain the pure Apple that’s adored by millions, or do they become more like the Microsoft that people just put up with ‘cuz it’s there.

    • scottph says:

      I understand were you’re coming from, but I’d have to disagree.
      Let me explain: I’m in the high-security server business. I know from 20+ years of experience that the stats I used are factual. Actually, about 80% of all used passwords are crackable within seconds, given the right tools.
      A quick search on your preferred search engine will give you a list of the 100 most used passwords, and it’s a safe bet that they cover about 80% of the passwords used by users of iTunes – as an example.

      600k apps…there’s bound to be some devs that cheat. I agree, but Adner doesn’t offer an alternative, instead referring to “the walled garden” and other terms associated with belittling Apple’s approach. He paints the picture that this is a widespread problem, and it’s not, without given a solution. It’s basically link-bait. If Apple were to listen to what anyone, and he is anyone, has to say…well…

      I think Apple does everything one could reasonably expect of them. Most apps are approved swiftly, but if something comes up, they’re pulled even faster. I think they’re handling this “problem” well. You can’t blame Apple for not-so-smart users.

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