7.7 App Store Automatically download apps purchased on other Macs Considerations


With 10.9 Apple has expanded the capability of the App Store to automatically download OS X applications that were purchased in the App Store on another Mac. This feature can be very desirable for personal Macs or in a small business setting so that all purchased software through Apple's App Store is provisioned on all OS X Computers, just like iOS. This feature may not be desirable in Corporate environments where the expectations of handling software licenses, tracking software inventory and personal software are different.

Please evaluate your organizations expectations about the use of personal software and software license tracking to align with this setting.
For those organizations that are using Enterprise Apple IDs for their employees the reverse is true. If the user has the username and password for their Apple ID and software is being purchased on that account the user could download the software on other computers they have access to.

NOTE: Nessus has not performed this check. Please review the benchmark to ensure target compliance.



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