Is Adware Doctor on your computer? Mac users need to realize that (1) their platform isn’t secure and (2) Mac apps can threaten your online security. Since the app has been distributed via Apple’s App Store, you should now understand that Apple doesn’t have your back.
Adware Doctor for Mac sends your data to China
According to a report published by Wired, Adware Doctor really does protect users against some security threats, it is spyware.
Adware Doctor was placed at the #4 spot in the App Store, making it one of the world’s most popular apps for Mac. Now, after Privacy 1st and other security researchers blew the whistle on the app’s illicit behavior, Apple has removed it from their store.
From the article:
The researchers found that Adware Doctor collects data about its users, particularly browsing history and a list of other software and processes running on a machine, stores that data in a locked file, and periodically sends it out to a server that appears to be located in China. (For what it’s worth, they say it’s also not a very good adware scanner.)
Researchers also made another relevant observation:
All of these actions seem to violate the App Store’s developer guidelines, but while Privacy 1st notified Apple about the concerns weeks ago, the app remains.
Quick Tip: Always exercise caution whenever you install an app on your computer or phone. Never believe the myth that Macs are immune to malware, spyware, and viruses. Finally, apps that appear to be “legitimate” can often pose the greatest threat to your online security.