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Fake Spotify App Hits Windows Phone Marketplace

huge oversight on Google Market’s part, but it does happen. What is most important is how quickly they catch the mistakes and react to them. Without quick reaction to any problems that arise with apps revolving viruses and malware, Markets become no more safe than blindly searching the net. Android isn’t the only market to have such problems, though their mistake was certainly the most severe. It seems that an app calling itself “Spotify” was approved on the Windows Phone Marketplace. This app had nothing to do with Spotify music, instead offering a collection of music-related news feeds and YouTube videos for $.99. While a clear scam of about a dollar it is clearly nowhere near the issues that Google’s market has. Still you have many Android fans calling out the comparison and stating that Microsoft should have caught this mistake too. Unfortunately, humans make mistakes. Likely someone in the approval process didn’t realize Spotify was a real streaming service and collections like this when undetected. At least it didn’t steal information or do anything truly awful to your phone. What we need to take away from this is that regardless of your platform: iOS, Android, and WP7, it is still important to take caution when downloading apps. Markets may offer convenience but it doesn’t guarantee complete security (though safer with WP Marketplace than I would with Google’s Market). What do you think? Should Microsoft have caught this mistake or should occasional human error be expected as long as it is quickly taken care of? Share your thoughts below.]]>

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