Google has published its yearly Android security report for this year. The tech giant first released its annual report last year, and is continuing it in 2016 for the second time ever. The results of the security report are pretty revealing, especially with regards to the co-relation between the level of security you have and where you acquire your mobile apps.
As indicated in Google’s second ever annual Android security report, attempts to install malware in the Google Play Store has markedly decreased between the years 2014 to 2015. Moreover, there have been at most 0.15 percent of Android mobile users acquiring potentially harmful code. But that percentage increases to 0.5 percent when taking into account all users of Android powered mobile devices. According to Google, it has seen an increase in attempts to compromise handsets beyond the Google Play Store.
It is no secret that Google takes security seriously, especially in preventing malware from entering its mobile app store. The Google Play Store already has an existing screening protocol that picks out potentially harmful mobile apps and prevents them from going in the app store. Google is claiming that it minimized the chances of installing hostile apps by 40 percent in 2015 alone.
Beyond the Google Play Store, Google has also made sure to set up a few security measures, including a post installation mobile app verification process. However, these security measures are sometimes found to be inadequate. For instance, the liberty that allows just about anybody to make use of non-Google Play Store mobile apps on their devices is the same freedom that lets certain coders create harmful apps that sometimes go through unnoticed by Google’s security measures.
Still, compared to other third party mobile app stores, the Google Play Store is safer in more ways than one. And Google is making sure to further improve the security in its mobile app store. Its monthly security updates will surely increase protection against malware, even though the fixes do not always reach devices quickly enough.
Furthermore, the growing adoption of newer Android versions such as Android Lollipop and last year’s Android Marshmallow should give Google better control over online code, thereby equipping it to better detect potential malware before they can cause any damage, and give users ample warning to stay away from suspicious mobile apps. If next year’s annual Android security report should bring good tidings, then Google’s plan will have worked.
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