In my work with I've discussed our work with gov regulators for South Africa, UK, EU and Japan as well as competition litigators from multiple US States and the EU. From this, I'm starting to see a picture of 's and 's semi-related strategies of making "sideloading" (installing apps outside of their control) look bad as a way to keep their monopolies in the face of and other regulatory actions. I'm still looking for data about the actual real world risks 1/

Google and Apple provide data about the malware they catch in their app store review processes. Both of them talk about "sideloading" as a security risk. Notably, neither Apple nor Google provide data on how much malware comes from outside of their app stores. Nor do they provide data-based analysis of which is the bigger threat: malware that makes it into their app stores or from other channels. They have this data, they track installs and active apps plus there is etc 2/

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For example, the biggest incident that I know about remains, which got into over 4000 apps, which all passed 's review and were shipped by the Apple App Store. All told, those apps were installed 128 million times. Another measure is which seems to have maintained zero click access to and for years. That is spread by exploiting messenger apps, not by or "sideloading" 3/

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