Google: potentially harmful apps on Android devices halved in 2015

Apr

20

2016

According to Google has been a Potentially Harmful Application 0.5 percent of all Android devices last year. A year earlier it was 1 percent. For devices that install only apps from Google Play was 0.15 percent, similar to last year.

The figures appear from the Android Security report. Google says that more than a billion Android devices are checked for the presence of PHA’s: apps that collect data contain spyware or downloading malicious files. Scanning is done through Google Mobile Services, the collection of apps like Gmail and Chrome. Android devices without Google apps therefore fall outside the study.

Google says the system to scan to have improved in 2015, including work with machine learning to dangerous apps. This would more than four hundred million automatic scans are performed daily on the Android devices. Google also claims that it has become more difficult for attackers to get a potentially dangerous app in Google Play. In 2015, the risk of installing a pha download store from Google’s 40 percent lower than in 2014.

By visual and textual adaptation of the dialog when installing apps from unknown sources there would be 50 percent less harmful apps installed Google says. That window now displays a red triangle with an exclamation point again to alert users of the potential dangers.

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Since August 2015 can get Android devices with version 4.4 or higher monthly security updates. Google has that cycle with its Nexus devices, and hopes that more notice to do than it is today. Google says to help partners make security updates available more quickly.

In 2015, Android came under fire because of a serious leak in the video framework. The Stage Fright bug were millions of Android users vulnerable. Google states in its security report that it has no successful attempts to observed at the time of writing the report to use the vulnerabilities to users’ devices.

The report also highlights Google’s new security features that were introduced with Android 6.0 Marsmallow. That version is , however, only 4.6 percent of all Android devices in use. Further, Google announced that the 210 161 dollar paid to security researchers who have discovered vulnerabilities in Android. Since June 2015 is part of the Google Android Vulnerability Rewards Program and it could since then hundreds of vulnerabilities have been reported, of which 30 are critical.

It is the second year that Google itself issue a report on the security of Android. Last year appeared from the report that was potentially dangerous application in 2014 to about 1 percent of all Android devices. On devices that only use the Google Play Store that was just 0.15 per cent as this year.

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