Google Removed 700K Apps from Play Store for Violating Policies

01 February, 2018, 00:58 | Author: Darren Santiago
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Malicious apps remain a problem area for Google Play.

However, I think one line from the Android Developers Blog needs a little clarification, as Google says, "Not only did we remove more bad apps, we were able to identify and action against them earlier".

However, it also said that nearly all of the bad apps (99 per cent of them) were blocked from even getting to the Play Store in the first place.

Either way, it's nice to get a little check in on how big companies are handling the hard task of policing their app stores, especially since it's a problem that's only going to get worse. This improved the company's ability to detect abusive apps that features inappropriate content and malware.

According to Ahn, copycat apps are usually created to resemble popular mainstream apps and is a popular method of deceiving users.

Copycats: Deceive users by impersonating famous apps, since those titles get a lot of search traffic for particular keywords.

That sounds great until you realize that some 700,000 apps with malicious intentions were submitted to the Google Play store in 2017 alone. Inappropriate content relates to apps that hide content such as pornography, extreme violence, hate and illegal activities, according to Google.

That's about 1,900 a day and 70 per cent more than Google banished a year ago.

For the successful outcome of their year-round cleaning regime, Google also praises the Google Play Protect app scanning tool which reduced the install rates of PHAs by up to 50%.

[T] he company removed 700,000 potentially harmful or deceiving apps from its store previous year.

The popular apps from the fake Jio Coin pool seek permissions that can put the user in harm's way.

The most important of the changes, potentially in conjunction with the launch of those displays, is with the custom hot phrases. We take these extremely seriously and will continue to innovate our capabilities to better detect and protect against abusive apps and the malicious actors behind them. Avast, an antivirus company, also found the same malware across several apps, like in games of Solitaire.

These PHA apps are especially tricky, as the developers make a major effort to make their bogus apps look as legitimate as possible, conning even the most scrupulous user.

Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) operates the largest app store on earth, and its open nature unfortunately has led to a bevy of malicious, dangerous, and useless apps making their way out into the wild.


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