While most of us exercise caution before downloading an executable file to our PCs, some of the same people don't hesitate to install them onto mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets, without worrying about app malware.
After all, apps -- "applications" -- are nothing more than
executable mini-programs and deserve the same precautions that
you use on your desktop computer.
Let's be clear at the outset that we're not talking about
Apple products like the iPad and iPhone here, so-called iOS
devices. That's because Apple retains full control over the
apps and the way they actually run on these devices and vets
each one before making them available at its App Store.
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