Google partners with security firms to flag malicious apps before they hit the Play Store

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on 07-Nov-2019

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Google is doing more to keep malicious apps away from the Play Store. The internet giant is partnering with three cybersecurity companies to flag malicious apps before they’re published on the Play Store. Google is calling this collaboration the App Defense Alliance.

With over 2.5 billion active users, Android is the most popular operating system in the world and Google claims that sheer number makes Android “an attractive target” for malicious activities. Android apps have been known to carry hidden malware or spyware an in some cases, even ransomware. The malicious apps have known to infect smartphones siphoning off people’s data to third party servers. Google has had to step in multiple times to take down these apps, but now it seems the company wishes to nip the bud before it’s even planted.

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App Defense Alliance will see Google partner up with security companies ESET, Lookout and Zimperium who will scan for malicious apps before they hit the Play Store.

Google already has Google Play Protect, an inbuilt virus scanner that scans every app after it’s downloaded from the Play Store apart from keeping the device updated with the latest security fixes. Play Protect anyway scans the library of apps on the Play Store every day, but it seems the problem extends beyond the market place for Android apps.  

With more companies helping out Google to keep out malicious apps, you might just feel a little more safer using Android devices.

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