We faced a new issue with our school iPads this week when it emerged that some students had been using a platform called vShare (http://www.vshare.com/) to install apps and games onto both their own and our school devices. Bear in mind that our school iPads have security settings preventing the downloading of apps. I was intrigued but this soon turned into concern when I researched what vShare is and what potential issues its use could raise.
vShare can be downloaded directly from the web - circumventing the App Store completely - and once installed, allows for the free download of pirated apps. Obviously this is completely illegal (we have reported them to Apple by the way) but there's another more worrying implication that none of these students had even considered - data theft.
As these apps are not legit, they could easily come packed with viruses, spyware or other malicious code...directly onto your iPad... where your credit card is linked to your Apple ID.
Word to the wise folks: avoid this like the plague and perhaps make a point of sharing this information with parents at your schools.