What is fleeceware?
Fleeceware is the name given to apps that are not technically malware but do not display acceptable approaches. Fleeceware can be considered as potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) or potentially unwanted applications (PUA).
What do they do?
Many apps offer users a trial period to test premium features before subscribing to a plan.
Many countries have an upper limit that defines how much apps can charge. But these limits are the same for an app with multiple advanced features and an app with basic features. Actors behind fleeceware leverage this to overcharge.
iOS users also targeted
Fleeceware hasn’t left the iOS App Store alone. Researchers found multiple apps that behaved as fleeceware. This prompted Apple to display a warning in iOS 13 when a user attempts to uninstall an app with an active subscription.
Most users don’t read the terms and conditions in-depth, and this is the loophole that fleeceware leverage. Here are some basic tips for not falling victim to fleeceware.