Google And The Battle Against Malware On Google Play Store

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Malware is no longer a strange concept, it is the concern for people who regularly download applications, and malware not only aim to harm computers anymore, but smartphones is the main target now.

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Google has implemented solutions for counterfeit prevention and removal, however Google And The Battle Against Malware On Google Play Store is continuing, the number of malwares designed to attack mobile users is growing, along with more and more sophisticated, complex tricks.

What is a fake application – malicious code?

Malware is short for malicious software.

Phishers create applications whose design is similar to the originals, they often utilize the same icon and name in order to trick users to download. And then they will be attacked with advertisements when the application is opened, or worse, with malware, which may steal users’ information, track users’ activity on the device, steal their accounts, steal data, etc.

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The recent report from F-Secure, Andrew Anh, Google Play Product Manager said, “It is shown that 99% of malware targeted at mobile devices are designed to attack Android.”

Last year, over 1 million users were tricked to download the fake version of WhatsApp.

According to CNN, Google Boots detected 4 applications containing malicious code in this November, which were found by Lukas Stefanko, a cyber security researcher, on CH Play: 3 of them were the “fake wallet” application imitating MetaMask, and one of them was called a phishing application according to Stefanko, all of them were immediately removed.

Common types of Malware:

  • Adware: Infected with advertisements on the application, which bother users
  • Spyware: Stealing personal information on the device but they are mostly inconspicuous and do not affect the phone operation, but silently steals users’ stored passwords.
  • Scareware: These are the messages that threaten the phone being infected with viruses. Their aim is to trick us to download a virus program.
  • Ransomware: may cripple the device. In order to remove them, the virus requires a payment. However, in some cases the payment of “ransom” usually does not solve the problem and the risk of virus infection is not eliminated.
  • Trojan: It is a malware that infiltrates the device without being suspected. This serves as the door for the penetration of other following malwares.
  • Ver: It may be copy, duplicate viruses to other devices like infected e-mails.

What is Google doing to protect its users?

Google is handling fake application issues by Google Play Protect – a security system for verifying applications on Google Play Store. It checks applications as they are uploaded to Google Play, which will be able to eliminate many other fake and malicious applications.

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Not only remove thousands of fake and malicious applications, Google also remove thousands of inappropriate content (such as violence, extremism, pornography, or criminal activity) from its platform.

According to Google, Google And The Battle Against Malware On Google Play Storeis continuing, they will update, upgrade methods aiming to eliminate applications violating their policies, fake – malicious applications which negatively affect users; provide Android a solid and secure platform.

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