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Google, in 2017, Cleaned its Play Store off Harmful Applications


Within merely one year of 2017, Google cleaned its Play Store off more than 700K malware-tainted applications. The number is 70 percent over and above what Google eliminated during 2016. Also, out of those 700K apps, 99 percent had been withdrawn prior to any single end-user loading them. Just like with Google's other services and products, much of the latest cleaning of the Store has been possible with machine learning devices of the company.


During 2017, certain very bad application trends existed, but Google managed to circumvent them. During the period, Google eliminated a huge 250,000 applications that were malicious while attempted at masquerading genuine apps. The company also removed numerous apps that had inappropriate content. Further, it reduced the rate of installation of applications carrying malware whose number was comparable with that of 2016 - possible with Google Play Protect.


Google Play Protect is the umbrella under which Google has stacked its entire lot of malware detection and scanning methodologies. Android's operating system by default does scanning of installed apps for searching all that are unusually there, while individuals too can manually enable the scanning process on their Android devices straight from the updates segment.


Google further states it blacklisted 100K-and-more developer accounts that were of "bad actors" trying for establishing news A/Cs while making an attempt to post still one more bunch of bad applications. Bleepingcomputer.com posted this, January 30, 2018.


The Internet giant recently created fresh detection models as well as methodologies which would spot exploitative developer networks and repeat offenders at large. Google's Play Protect is one of its AI programs that have substantially done to seize a greater number of tainted applications prior to them entering Play Store.


Evidently, malicious programs are not completely off Android OS. The fight to ward them off goes on and on with 'badware' to very likely make way into the OS in future. Nevertheless, Google has put all efforts to get Android as well as its applications the maximum possible secured.


Importantly, while common sense can help smart-phone users to install 'safe' apps, Google meanwhile is getting more robust and smart about its security measures.

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