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Apple Inc. is a U.S.-based international corporation that produces and sells consumer electronics, such as personal computers, smartphones, and digital media players. As of 2015, the total value of Apple’s stock was more than $700 billion, making it the largest publicly traded corporation in the world. The increasing popularity of Apple’s products, in particular its mobile devices, has made it a growing target of cybercriminals and has increased concerns over the security of users’ personal data. This entry first highlights the history of Apple Inc. and follows this with a discussion about device users’ security and privacy concerns and some criticisms leveled against Apple regarding the protection of its consumers’ data.

History

Apple was founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne to build ...

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