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Rewards Abound for Discovering Bugs in Google Play Store Apps


One fresh scheme from Google is purposed with eradicating security flaws inside 3rd-party applications which are stored inside Google Play. Researchers will get monetary reward under the Google Play Security Reward Program for uncovering problems within widely used Android applications enlisted inside the Play Store.


Google since time on has been keeping quite well bug bounty schemes for its Chrome OS, Chrome along with other products, expending exorbitant dollars for security flaws. People who develop widely used applications are given the opportunity for participating in the scheme so they can deliberately enhance some very popular Android applications' security.


The procedure is quite simple. If a bug else security flaw is detected in any participating app, it just requires being apprised to the creator of that app with whom a coordinated task would bring about a fix for the problem. On resolution of the problem the application creator would be paying to the person who apprised of the problem, while Google would give a bonus payment of $1,000 as an additional reward.


Further then Google would compile data that it would impart to other application creators so they can deal with similar bugs. It thus follows that the monetary awards would get distributed to the persons coming first. This implies that in case of several persons detecting a bug the first individual who discovers the bug will alone get the reward from Google. At present, the scheme is merely for 13 application creators, with Google likely increasing the number if it shows effective outcomes. Digitaltrends.com posted this online dated October 21, 2017.


Application developers can be benefited from this scheme, particularly those at small startups working on slim budgets for minimizing expenses by themselves making their systems hack-proof. Security Company Check Point hinted of Google's automated system not being able in detecting fifty malware applications that were taken down some 4.2m times prior to their removal.


Infection in apps on Google Play Store isn't merely because of malware but due to the extent of exposure of Android OS unlike Apple's iOS that's under tight control of its makers at Cupertino, California.

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