Published: Wed, January 31, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

Google took down 700000 bad Android apps in 2017

Google took down 700000 bad Android apps in 2017

Google's numerous safeguards created to prevent malicious apps from reaching Android users led to the removal of over 700,000 apps from the Google Play Store in 2017, the company said today.

That number was up 70 percent compared to 2016, but 99 percent of those apps were removed before anyone could install them. He also highlighted new detection models and approaches that can identify repeat offenders and abusive developer networks. Even though Google Play Protect is good at catching a lot of these malicious apps, sometimes they still get through.

The search giant took action on Copycats, Inappropriate content, and Potentially Harmful Applications during the entire process.

Ahn says most of the apps the company has taken off the Play Store were copycat apps mimicking more famous applications.

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Kleidermacher also notes that you are 10x more likely to install a harmful app from a non-Play source than Google's official store. At the Google I/O conference previous year, the company claimed that 20,000 dedicated processors reviewed 500,000 apps a day for potential malware. In 2017, they climbed 4 percent from 2016, when apps brought in Euro 1.45 billion, and 17 percent compared to 2015, when the app market saw revenues of Euro 1.3 billion.

PHAs are a type of malware that can harm people or their devices - e.g., apps that conduct SMS fraud, act as trojans, or phishing user's information. These apps compelled users in to downloading fake antivirus apps. However, these numbers equate to 7,000 malicious apps making their way to Android devices. Google has also made it harder for those developers to re-join Google Play under different accounts as well in an attempt to stop this abuse. A few years ago, apps were trying to trick you into installing other apps, for example, while that isn't really an issue anymore today. While small in volume, PHAs pose a threat to Android users and Google invested heavily in keeping them out of the Play Store. Although Google Play Services helps make Protect and other security measures available across a wide range of Android versions, it's still true that most Android phones aren't running recent editions of the operating system.

Still, Google's Play Store protection isn't ideal. This means that if a user opens PDF file from inside Files Go app, it is possible to open that file in their favourite PDF app.

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