Get Safe Online – Fleeceware

Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of information and advice on online safety and security, for the public and small businesses. It is a not-for-profit, public/private sector partnership backed by law enforcement agencies and leading organisations in internet security, banking and retail.

Fleecewear is the name given to mobile apps which overcharge users for functions or features that are widely available in free or other low-cost alternatives. In fact, they are developed with the sole purpose of doing so. Typically, the apps cater for hobbies such as photography and music, but have also been found in QR code and PDF readers.

One of our main general tips when advising on downloading apps is to do so only from authorised app stores such as Google’s Play Store and Apple’s iOS App Store, to avoid your devices being infected with malware. However, an increasing number of fleecewear apps are being found in both stores, as they do not fall into the category of malware, but the grey area of dubious practice.

For more information and expert, easy-to-follow, impartial advice on safeguarding yourself, your family, finances, devices and workplace, visit www.getsafeonline.org

Download the Get Safe Online – Fleeceware leaflet here

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