Google Updates Android Security for Third-Party Apps

April 10th, 2014  |  By Allison Saffiotti

Google has now updated its Android security system to protect users who install new apps from third-party stores. They are working to prevent downloads of malicious apps.


With the current system, Android users can have Google scan their apps for malicious code at time of installation to prevent damage. Now, Google has updated this program to a service-based system that will continue to check the safety of these apps post installation.  This is comparable to the same app-scanning technology Google has for its chrome browser.


The “Verify Apps” system that is currently in place has been used a reported 4 billion times before. They have been highly effective in the safety of user downloads of new Android apps. In fact, only 0.18% installs in the last year occurred after someone received a warning from Google that an app was not safe for the phones hardware.


Google is learning more about mobile malware, and as it does so it can improve techniques for checking this kind of code even after installation. As Android does account for majority of mobile malware, and many of it comes from mobile apps from third-party stores, often in countries where Google does not offer a store itself.


It will be interesting to see how much of a difference this update will make in ensuring the safety of third party apps. So far the program put in place seems to be very effective so it seems this will only further protect Android phones.


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