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Decentralized applications (dApps)
A decentralized application (dApp) is defined as follows from the ICON glossary:
Application on a distributed network run by multiple independent operators. Typically refers to applications that operate on or make use of a blockchain
Anyone can develop a decentralized application, either by developing a smart contract or by connecting to an existing contract. DApps can be secure and verifiable by a blockchain. However, because most dApps contain components that are off of the blockchain, developers and users must consider many of the normal issues of data security, such as securing connections and safely maintaining Personally Identifiable Information.