Google Removed 700K Apps from Play Store for Violating Policies


Google likes to boast of its ability to shut down Android malware, and it apparently has good reason to brag about 2017.

How does Google do this? He did not provide an exact number but only said that 99% of all the malicious Android apps Google identified past year were detected and rejected during the review process before anyone could install them. They often try to make their apps look like existing popular apps, for example, to trick users into installing them.

So, what does that mean?

In 2017, 700,000 Android apps that violated store policies were removed, with Google noting a 70% increase in takedowns compared to the prior year. Particularly, its claim that 99 percent of malicious and fraudulent apps were zapped before anyone could install them is impressive, though for affected users, even 1 percent is too high.

The company credits improvements to its machine learning models and new detection models for malicious and abusive techniques. There were 100,000 such bad developers that were removed, with the company taking other steps to prevent the creation of new accounts.

Google says apps trying to deceive users by impersonating famous apps is one of the most common violations on the platforms. Google says it took down over 250,000 apps that impersonated a different app in 2017. Human reviewers then jump into the scene, with tens of thousands of apps removed in the past year. Tens of thousands of apps with inappropriate content were taken down past year as a result of such improved detection methods.

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And lastly, we get to the Potentially Harmful Applications, which are a type of malware that can harm people or their devices. App developers with bad intent have previously offered fake apps in the form of WhatsApp as well.

Google Play Protect took several security measures that were already present in Android and improved them. When it does happen, these attacks will be hard to detect.

Appthority, the global leader in enterprise mobile threat protection, today announced the product of close collaboration with Google to offer seamless integration of its mobile threat defense solution and managed Google Play.

Google has launched Google Play Protect Program that automatically scans apps for malicious activity, cut down on the number of app installs in that category greatly compared to 2016.

So, is Android perfectly secure from malicious programs? We don't have the Google Assistant Go APK file with us yet, but we'll do our best to get it as soon as possible.