The answer, according to the report, is search ads. Lin, in the blog, wrote, "I scrolled down the list in the Productivity category and saw apps from well-known companies like Dropbox, Evernote, and Microsoft. It's downright mind boggling that this horrendous "Mobile protection:Clean & Security VPN" app made it all the way into the top 10 without getting flagged", he added.
It also raised questions about Apple's app review process and how it vets its new App Store Search Ads product, which allows developers to buy ads that appear in search results to make them more easy to discover in Apple's crowded app store. I trust that they will. And this isn't just happening with security related keywords. Several requests for comment from Apple were not returned prior to publication.
The other policy released targets WeChat's new mini programs, which are "apps within apps". "Unfortunately, Apple has been really slow at taking down scam apps through the regular reporting methods, and actually in some cases don't take them down at all", Lin said.
Lin and Apple watcher John Gruber are asking how Apple let this app past its review process and are demanding Apple reconsider its App Store advertising system.
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The VPN app serves as a prime example of the fraud arising from abuse of Search Ads. No wonder it's ranked #8 on Apple's charts of top grossing utility apps. They have been around for years (not just a few weeks) and have built up a loyal customer base thanks to their fast connections, secure encryption, and a wide range of overseas servers for users to choose from. The app's "free trial" for an "anti-virus scanner" costs $99.99 for a 7-day subscription. And not only that, but it's $100 PER WEEK? "But what about other people?"
How does an app from a no-name developer earn $80,000 per month on the App Store? The App Store estimates Mobile Protection was downloaded some 50,000 times in April alone.
"For full-time developers like myself, it's such a shock and disappointment to see the wrong behavior being rewarded". Much like the apps Lin found, "QR code -" is also gaming Apple's App Store search ads.
And perhaps more importantly, their subscription fees start from $4.54 per month; around 1/20 of the fee for this scam app on the US App Store. "One of the problems is that most users don't even know that the top result on their search is a paid ad-they look nearly identical to the actual results".