It’ll come as little surprise that we don’t recommend downloading a pirate copy of SwiftKey. We don’t get paid, and that obviously harms our business. But piracy is also likely to harm you, as pirate Android apps tend to be full of malware and Trojans. This is particularly relevant after last week an Android blog posted step-by-step instructions on how simple it can be to turn a pirated SwiftKey APK into a malicious keylogger.
It’s one of the key objectives we have at SwiftKey — protecting the privacy of our users. Since we launched SwiftKey in 2010, we’ve worked hard to earn your trust. It has helped that Google chose us as a Top Developer, Editor’s Choice and featured our app over the last two years, as they only do this based on our reputation, rating and commitment to providing great apps for our users. We since became the best-selling paid app on Google Play in 2012, and as I write we’re still the world’s number one. This wouldn’t have been possible without a real commitment to the security and privacy of our users.
All of this trust and protection is lost, however, if you choose to pirate SwiftKey. It’s easy to search for “swiftkey free apk” and get a pirate copy — and because some people assume all software should be free (not just open source software), they’d rather take this route than go official, even though our app costs about the same as a fancy coffee.
I cannot emphasize enough how risky and damaging downloading pirated versions of SwiftKey can be. Sure, you might be able to buy a venti Caramel Macchiato that day with the four bucks you save, but you are also likely to find that you’ve just downloaded an intrusive trojan horse to your phone than can log everything you type and potentially clone your identity. That can be far more costly.
We are grateful to Android App Development Ireland for bringing to people’s attention how risky it is to make this mistake, but we are also now concerned that their tutorial empowers even more opportunist hackers to build keystroke loggers out of pirated Android software. As such, we felt it only right that we comment officially in order to warn people against this threat. Malware, viruses and trojans have been around since the beginning of software, but Android apps are particularly susceptible to this. Unlike iOS apps, they are relatively easy to insert malicious code into, as they are written in Java, which is easier to decompile. Add to this the ease with which someone can sideload an app onto an Android device by simply downloading an APK package file, and the problem is significant.
By buying SwiftKey from a reputable store, you won’t just get peace of mind. You’ll be joining millions of other Android users who’ve gone the official route and made SwiftKey the success it is today. You’ll be getting direct access to all updates as we produce them, straight from the source. And of course you’ll be supporting our business, meaning we grow faster and provide you with all the awesome future innovation we have planned, at a quicker pace.
Thanks for reading,