Apple has App Store, Google has Play Store, and now Microsoft has Windows Store — and that’s thanks to Windows 8. But in order to compete with other app stores, Microsoft actually focused mainly on the number of apps instead of the quality. The company took into action when reports surfaced stating that there are many fake apps designed to cheat users on their money and innocence. The company then performed a cleanup of some hundreds of fake apps and also enforced some strict rules to prevent problems in the future.

Nevertheless, fake apps can never be eradicated. And because of that fact, here are some top three tips to avoid fake apps in Windows app store.

1. Don’t Always Trust User Reviews

This is one important piece of advice you should keep in mind before downloading an app from the Windows Store. It may sound contradicting, but doing this may protect you from being fooled into buying fake apps. Some app developers are using unorthodox methods just to get positive reviews, like forcing users to review the app before they can even use it, buying fake reviews, and so on. These kinds of manipulation project non-credible information on the apps’ user reviews. So whenever you are planning to buy a certain app from the Windows app store, try to get more details about the app or its developer by doing some research on the Internet instead of relying on the user reviews.

2. Know More About the App’s Developer

One of the most effective ways to get more app downloads is by imitating the major brands and developers. This has been proven true as many users tend to download apps that have official brands like YouTube, Twitter, etc. in their names. Sure there’s a possibility that these apps may be better than the apps provided by the official developers, but that doesn’t mean you should download an app right away just because you saw the official name in the app title. It is recommended to always check the details of the developers and only download the app if you trust them.

3. Don’t Pay for What You Can Get for Free

There are lots of misleading apps in Windows app store that make money off of free services. VLC Guides, VLC keyboard shortcuts, and YouTube tips are just some examples of those apps that come with a fee, some even demanding ridiculous amounts just to act as a rip off of the popular services like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. Don’t be too trusting when making purchases of apps similar to these. Make some research if possible, and don’t buy anything that you can just get for free.

It not really a big deal whether Microsoft has done a good job or not when it comes to maintaining the integrity of the apps posted in the Windows Store. What’s important is that we should do our part by being more diligent in checking out the app before we make the purchase. This includes both Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store as well.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 9:44:41 AM and is filed under Mixellaneous.

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