In its Android Security Annual Review from 2017 to 2018, Google said the Google Play Project blocked 3.2 billion potentially harmful applications (PHA) from outside. In a new report released recently, Google Play Protect is known to block more than 1.9 billion malicious apps installed in 2019.
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Google announced the Google Play Protect at the I/O Developer Conference on May 17, 2017, and will deploy the feature to all supported Android devices starting in July of that year.
Google Play Protect is currently deployed on more than 2.5 billion active Android devices, according to the latest data from the Android Security Center.
With the addition of machine learning technology, the project has been adapted and improved. Scan sifts for malware in more than 100 billion apps per day, an increase of 50 billion from 2018.
As the world’s most widely deployed mobile threat protection service, Google Play Protect also provides information about potential security issues to ensure that users understand the detailed actions they need.
In 2019, Google is committed to strengthening policies to better protect home and child users, working with app Alliance Defense, ESET, Lookout, Zimperium and others to improve detection of Android apps.
Given the increasing penetration of malware into Google’s app ecosystem, the company hopes to block malware before it is submitted to the Play Store with appropriate pre-emptive measures and affiliate efforts.
Last year, the company improved the developer approval process and enhanced the machine learning detection system used by Google Play Protect.
It is designed to check for suspicious behavior and content in the Android app’s code, metadata, and user-involved signals.
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All of these efforts are aimed at making the Play Store a cleaner, more secure marketplace for app distribution. Because Google’s audit team has successfully blocked 790,000 application submissions and releases that violate the policy.
In addition, the company is committed to strengthening user privacy protection app security policies to prevent repeat offenders, identify/detect/clean Up Android apps that carry harmful content or behavior saline faster to ensure the security of Android devices.
“Only trust and security can be built to achieve and sustain the ecosystem,” says Andrew Ahn, a Google Play and Android app security product.
Over the past few years, we’ve put the trust and safety of Google Play first, investing and improving ongoing abuse detection systems, policies, and the team’s business capabilities to combat bad applications and malicious actors.