How Google Play. Is your Android at risk?

Google has tried to tighten Android’s security, in order to avoid malicious code and malware problems.
According to TechCrunch, Android now accounts for 75 percent of total smartphone shipments globally. The increase in popularity has caused an increase in malware makers, who are starting to find ways to surpass Goggle’s Play store scanning system. The system, called Bouncer, scans malicious code and includes content policies which developers must adhere to in order to be part of Google Play.

Recently, Android apps were examined by cyber security vendor Bit9, who released an analysis of the apps and found risky business. According to the study, 72 percent of the 412,000 programs examined, used at least one potentially risky permission from GPS location data, to phone calls or numbers and information on contacts. This doesn’t mean the apps have viruses or malware, but they are doing things that aren’t necessary for the type of app they are, making us question why they would need it for. Other attacks targeting Google Play have been SMS trojans, that generate profit from SMS sending activities without the user’s knowledge, and malicious apps. Downloading third-party apps increases the risk, since they don’t go through the Bouncer malware scan. Therefore, Google plans on adding a new feature in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, to protect users from malware from third-party apps. The feature will
scan apps from markets other than Google Play and give a warning if malware is found.

Google has implemented a scanning system,policies to avoid malware and malicious code, and now Jelly Bean 4.2. Only time will tell if this will be enough to keep Androids and user’s information from risk.

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