Google Removed 700K Apps from Play Store for Violating Policies

31 January, 2018, 10:49 | Author: Juana Mckenzie
  • Google Removed 700K Apps from Play Store for Violating Policies

Google did say that the 700,000-app-takedown was 70% more than they took down in 2016. However, these numbers equate to 7,000 malicious apps making their way to Android devices. In 2017, they climbed 4 percent from 2016, when apps brought in Euro 1.45 billion, and 17 percent compared to 2015, when the app market saw revenues of Euro 1.3 billion. "Past year we've more than halved the probability of a user installing a bad app, protecting people and their devices from harm's way, and making Google Play a more challenging place for those who seek to abuse the app ecosystem for their own gain". "In fact, 99 percent of apps with abusive contents were identified and rejected before anyone could install them".

Last year, Google put all of its malware scanning and detection technologies under the umbrella of Google Play Protect.

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Google is quite aware that it can't detect every single malicious app before it hits the store, though. Yikes. Bad people sure do love them some Android it seems. "In 2017, we took down more than a quarter of a million of impersonating apps". You also can manually scan your Android device using Play Protect from the Update section of Google Play Store. "This resulted in taking down of 100,000 bad developers in 2017, and made it more hard for bad actors to create new accounts and attempt to publish yet another set of bad apps". This is a timely blog post since there were a number of high profile malware and security incidents involving Android in 2017. "With one tap in the list or grid view, you can easily filter to see files stored on your SD card", said Devesh Sarwate, software engineer, Files Go, Google. Inappropriate content, according to the company's definition, includes pornography, extreme violence, illegal activities, and hate. More than 2 billion Android devices in the world rely on apps, whether it's ordering a pizza or trying to catch Pokemon in real life.

German mobile app market has hit a record value of 1.5 billion euros (1.86 billion US dollars) in 2017, according to a local professional digital association on Monday. In short, these apps are created to do actual harm. Other malicious apps that Google removed included those called PHAs.

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Google is leaving no stone unturned to make the complete Android ecosystem more secure and safe for users. A fake version of the popular chatting app "WhatsApp" received at least 1 million downloads before Google removed it last November.

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