Google announced today its collaboration with three security companies to identify malicious applications before their publication on the Play Store, likely to harm users of Android. The company calls this partnership App Defense Alliance.
According to Google, Android is available on more than 2.5 billion devices and the company says the platform is “an attractive target” for abuse. This abuse can take the form of hidden malware or secret code used to spy on and delete sensitive user data.
This seems especially true for the Play Store. Last year, Google had to repress several developers to publish apps in the Play Store with fraudulent advertising. With the launch of the App Defense Alliance, Google is asking ESET, Lookout and Zimperium to look for bad apps before they even get to the Play Store.
Google already has Google Play Protect, its anti-malware service, on Android. The company also claims to use Play Protect to analyze “billions” of applications every day in the Play Store.
So it seems that Google should already intercept these bad apps – but apparently the problem is important enough that the company feels the need to make improvements. More companies are browsing the apps in the Play Store, the better the chances of accidentally downloading any of the evil culprits on your Android device.
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