Microsoft’s Windows Store is slowly getting filled with fake apps as money grabbing internet criminals are trying to capitalise on the hive of activity that has occurred due to the free Windows 8.1 preview. This is drawing a lot of people into the Windows Store and it has resulted in many fake apps being listed.
In a statement to the Next Web Microsoft discussed the problem and said that it is already aware of the issue. They have stated that they will try to remove all fake apps as quickly as possible.
“We strive to make the Windows Store an excellent experience for Windows 8 users. We routinely review apps based on performance, ratings and user reviews and take steps to remove apps if they do not meet our certification guidelines…We are aware of the issue and are actively removing apps that offer little value or confuse customers, and will continue evaluating our submission process to make sure Windows offers the highest quality app catalog available.”
This is hardly a Windows Store specific problem as the Google Play Store and Apple app stores are often blighted with malware and fake apps, though the Apple app store has much more rigorous security. There are currently hundreds of apps posted by certain developers on the Windows Store, like BA MEDIA, and they are all what you might classify as fake. Microsoft will have a tough job tracking down all these fake and harmful apps but it is something it really needs to do.
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