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Billions warned as a THIRD of all iPhone and Android apps are ‘to be banned’

OLD apps that haven’t been updated in years make up a large chunk on both iPhone and Android, posing a significant security risk to billions.

A new report claims that about a third of apps for both smartphone systems are two years old or older.

Apps that are not updated regularly are risky

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Apps that are not updated regularly are riskyPhoto credit: SOPA Images/LightRocket via Gett

That’s a total of 1.5 million apps.

Many are popular with children, which makes it all the more concerning.

Such apps could be removed or hidden by Apple and Google because of the possible dangers they pose.

Both companies have become stricter about app aging.

The iPhone maker recently warned developers who haven’t bothered to update theirs that they have 30 days to pull themselves together or take the hit.

Meanwhile, Google hides outdated apps from search.

Outdated software is far more vulnerable to hacking because it doesn’t plaster bug fixes that are uncovered over time.

Of course, the tech giants can only remove them from their app stores.

What they cannot do is delete them from your phone if they have already been downloaded. So it might be worth checking your apps to see when they were last updated.

According to Pixalate experts, the Google Play Store has the most with 869,000 neglected apps.

Apple is said to have about 650,000.

Education apps, reference books, and games were the worst offenders, all of which are popular with kids.

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On the other hand, the most popular apps tend to be updated much more frequently.

Research shows that 84 percent of apps downloaded more than 100 million times have been updated in the last six months.

Luckily, the most popular apps are updated regularly

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Luckily, the most popular apps are updated regularlyPhoto credit: Getty
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