For Apple® users, downloading, deleting, and using apps is part of everyday usage. How is Apple® working to protect your personal and sensitive data? Does Apple® check that the App Store® is free of malware and viruses? Here’s everything you need to know about Apple® application security.
Apple’s® Privacy & Security Policies
Hardware: All recent Apple® products are protected with an AES Engine dedicated to end-to-end encryption as files are uploaded and downloaded onto the device. There is also a distinct chip in the device known as the Secure Enclave that stores biometric data- aka Face ID® and Touch ID® data. Your fingerprint and face ID data are kept locally on your device and never uploaded to a cloud, allowing it to remain secure and private.
System Security: When your iOS device starts, each security component including the Secure Enclave performs a Secure Boot, basically running separate layer of security from malware infections as the device boots up.
Applications/App Store®: The iOS App Store® is known for being much more stringent with which applications can be downloaded by users than the Android/Google Play store. Everything on the App Store® is scanned for viruses and malware before being approved for download and once the software runs on your device, it’s in a sandbox environment within your device as to not interact unnecessarily with or potentially infect other parts of your phone.
What Does Apple® Do With Your Information?
Apple® doesn’t practice customer data monetization but they do exclusively collect your data to show you targeted ads on Apple® products. Third party advertisers can pay to have their targeted ads shown to you via Apple® but they don’t know have access to the information themselves. While Apple® is known for collecting much less information than services like Google, Google pays billions of dollars annually to Apple® in order to be the default search engine on your iPhone®.