I advise you not to touch this kind of domestic junk app

time:2022-12-08 06:02:41 source:scripttoolbox.com author:System
I advise you not to touch this kind of domestic junk app

Some time ago, Xiaolei wrote an article, generally complaining about the ugly and bloated appearance of domestic mainstream apps. Judging from the number of readings of the article and the feedback from everyone, our views and experience of these apps are similar. Almost dissatisfied, almost uncomfortable, almost stuck... In essence, the big manufacturers are too convoluted, and they are crazy about new functions, all for the sake of more daily active users and diversified revenue, so as to explain to shareholders . Even the App Store, which claims to be the safest app store in the world, cannot escape the invasion of pornographic apps. But Xiaolei recently found a strange thing on the Internet. Just when the big manufacturers are rolling around, trying their best to design new features and guide payment. Some independent developers have made a lot of money by developing various fraudulent apps at low cost. So, how did the small-scale workshop developers get rich? In fact, it is still an old routine, that is, relying on deception and sneak attack. They are still very smart. They did not viciously infiltrate the domestic market, but went out to sea silently, cutting the leeks of foreign brothers. This type of software is collectively referred to by overseas users as Fleeceware Subscription Apps. (Scam software) Well, a while ago, a foreigner named Privacy1St posted a long article, accusing the Mac App Store of developers who engaged in rogue software to defraud money. At the beginning, he dug up 7 developer accounts of rogue apps through various means, thinking of justice and reporting. But it didn't take long for him to discover that these developer accounts were actually controlled by a developer from China, and the technique of shadow avatars belonged to yes. As for how the Chinese man's shadow avatar operation was exposed, it was also discussed in the long article. For example, the domain names of these developer accounts all use Cloudflare to hide the service provider, which should be one of the means of anti-tracking. In addition, the MX servers used by these domain names are all paid services by Zoho... To give an inappropriate example, this is equivalent to a class with ten people sneaking at the same time and going to the basketball court to play. If this is not an appointment, I will directly perform a chest breaking big stone... This is not the most sassy, ​​according to the requirements of the Apple App Store, all apps listed on the store must have a complete "User Agreement". Everyone is familiar with the "User Agreement", which is generally ridiculed as a manufacturer's disclaimer. In most cases, we just think it's long and smelly, and don't bother to click in and take a closer look. The foreign brother found that his user agreement was still hosted on the "collaborative public" webpage provided for free by Google. Good guy, even the self-built website is reluctant, it is true that the source of income and expenditure has been taken to the extreme. As for the details of the user agreement of those apps, Xiao Lei took a look. Don't be afraid to say it badly, this is all content that can be copied and pasted in two minutes. It can also be seen from this that the Chinese developer does not engage in redundant actions at all. The creation of 7 developer accounts is to better implement the "machine sea tactics" and improve the survival rate of the App. Improving the user agreement is to improve the approval rate. The two-pronged strategy has allowed several of his apps to live in the Apple App Store for a long time, and users cry wherever the sickle goes. However, successfully passing the audit is only the first step in cutting leeks. In the vast application ecosystem, only the apps at the top of the list can have higher exposure. To put it bluntly, the app has to be seen by users before they can cheat them out of money. This Chinese developer knows this, so he uses a very common marketing method - brushing praise. In the app store, the number of positive reviews from users has a great influence on the ranking of apps. The Chinese Mystery Man is not wrong. Every time a new app is put on the shelves, he immediately gives it a five-star praise. "What a perfect software", "Wisdom tooth extraction in Henan", "You will lose a lot if you don't use it"... All kinds of praises are fermented in the comment area, leading to users who don't understand the routine, most of them will take the initiative to download and try. But Xiaolei is not a slapstick. You don’t need to give a good review, but set up a few more templates to brush it... The comment area is all the same text, and the expression and style of writing are almost the same. "It's the same thing. As for those real users, they often don't talk at length in the comment area. An easy-to-use app may slip away with a five-star rating, but if you encounter a real scam app, you will most likely be greeted with insults + a one-star negative review. "Junk software", "Is this going to cost $14.99?" The comments of real users are straight to the point, but unfortunately, in the comment area with so many positive reviews, these real comments will always be buried. Although Brother Guozi also has a false comment removal system, most of the time, Apple will take the initiative to attack when multiple users report at the same time. Like the PDF editor below, after being reported, Apple took the initiative to delete all the fake reviews. Now there are only a few negative reviews left by users, and the rating has dropped from 4.x to 1.0 in an instant. Under the strategy of multiple developer accounts at the same time, this Chinese old man has made several of his apps on the top 10 list. For example: PDF Reader of Adobe PDF Files — Top 1 Streaming Browser Video Player for Chart Education in the U.S. — Top 8 PDF reader in the U.S. Entertainment List — Top 25 in the U.S. Productivity List... Most ordinary users install the app, just look at the ranking The previous ones. If you really want to count, the number of users of these apps combined is still huge. So, after having the number of users, how did this Chinese brother harvest the wallets of foreign users? Compared with the strange routines of Android App, Apple App takes a very simple way, relying on the "free use + subscription deduction" method. Familiar, right, this is actually a scam method several years ago, but since the subscription system was introduced, the related scam method has not disappeared. For example, "PDF Reader", which was once the most downloaded app in the Mac App Store in the United States. Many users said that after installing and opening the app, the app will induce users to pay without hesitation. Hmm... It's actually more accurate to say that it is forced. Because the app pops up a very deceptive button, the user either clicks "OK" and completes the subscription process. Either choose to kill the background directly, or do not set the "Cancel" button anyway. Many users were also kept in the dark, accidentally clicked "OK", and finally the free trial period expired, only to find out that they had been deducted money: it's over, they've been cut leeks. Xiaolei discovered that many of these fraudulent apps are basically tools with extremely simple functions. Such as XX player, XX PDF reader, XX picture editor. In terms of functionality, they are not even better than some free conscience software, but they can still make a lot of money by relying on praise and inducing subscription payments. In fact, Apple itself is very clear that there are a large number of fraudulent apps in its own store, and many related software will be seized every year. But Brother Guozi seems to have a tacit understanding with these softwares. Although he will block it, he will keep a way out. On the one hand, every year I advertise how many scams I've cracked down, and when my backyard is on fire, I'm constantly bashing how unsafe Android is for allowing sideloading. It's true that everything is accounted for by Brother Guozi. Of course, in the current mobile ecosystem, various fraudulent apps have their own ways of living. Google's Play Store is notoriously a censorship freak, but there are still scam apps mixed in. Similar to Apple, most of the rogue scam apps on Android are also under the banner of tools. For example, maps, wallpapers and cleaning software are all well-known rogues, and there are many Chinese elders behind them. As for the domestic application market, Xiaolei can only say that it will be a little better. However, the domestic feature is not that there are many fraudulent apps, but the rampant copycat apps. A while ago, didn't I complain that "Beidou Map Navigation" is rubbing against the Beidou fever, just bad money. People are still lying in Tencent's application treasure, and this kind of app can still live in the mainstream application market. I don't know what to say. It can only be said that at present, it has led to this situation. In the final analysis, Xiaolei believes that it is still a matter of different audit standards in the major application markets. At present, we can still see that domestic manufacturers are working hard, such as the whole gold standard alliance, and gradually unify the stability, compatibility and performance of apps. Wait. As for the review and unification, the resistance is indeed a bit big, otherwise the unified push alliance next door will not be promoted... I just hope that in my lifetime, I can see the establishment of unified review standards and completely drive out those scams and fake apps. Formal application market.

(Responsible editor:Loudspeaker box)

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