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TechnologyGoogle downplays the number of ‘potentially harmful apps’ on the Play Store

16:18  02 april  2019
16:18  02 april  2019 Source:   bgr.com

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Thanks to Play Protect, Google 's detection rate for " Potentially Harmful Apps " (an actual technical classification) is up significantly. If you were unaware, your Play Store -equipped Android phone actually scans installed apps at least once a day to check for PHAs, taking action if any are discovered.

Notably, when it comes to apps on the Google Play store , on devices running unforked versions of Android, the dent seems to be mostly keeping the problem of potentially harmful applications at bay, while the impact on apps that are sideloaded not through Google Play has been more pronounced.

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In a new report looking back over 2018, a year in which Google celebrated the 10th anniversary of the launch of the first commercial Android device, the search giant gives itself a pat on the back for what appears to be an impressive milestone. The company’s newly released year in review of its Android security efforts declares that the company’s increasing crackdown on what it calls “potentially harmful apps,” or PHAs, is continuing to pay off. How much? Less than half of 1% of all app downloads from the Google Play Store in 2018 were given that PHA classification.

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In google play store app , in the play protect section, it has this detail: This app can download potentially harmful apps . My mom too has phone from the same brand; it too has started getting same notification. Is there a problem? What do I do? Edit: Model Number : Gionee P5L; Android Version

Image Credit: Google . Google is focusing on making its mobile operating system more secure and in its Last year this figure came in at 0.02 percent and while there was an increase in the number of According to Google , devices that installed apps only from the Play Store were eight times less likely

Of course, as with any such analysis, some context and caveats are in order.

For starters, that 0.04% of PHAs in 2018? It was up from 0.02% in 2017, an increase that was due to the inclusion of “click fraud” as a PHA category in 2018. Before, click fraud was only considered a Google Play policy violation. Back out the instances of click fraud from the stats, though, and Google says the number of PHAs actually plunged 31% from 2017 to 2018.

Another point to consider is that while 0.04% sounds like a pretty small percentage, if you take Sensor Tower’s estimate of Android app downloads for 2018 (almost 76 billion) that percentage still works out to almost 31 million PHAs.

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Among those apps, click fraud apps accounted for almost 55% of total installs in 2018. Such apps often have “desirable features” like music or gaming, Google’s report explains, while the app is meanwhile executing click fraud in the background. “Many of the major apps that we removed from Google Play in 2018 because of embedded click fraud code were flashlight, music player, or game apps,” the report continues. “Click fraud developers build their code into apps that users tend to use daily and keep installed on their devices.”

Among other highlights from Google’s Android security year-in-review, the company says that by the fourth quarter of 2018, security updates were received by 84% more devices than in the same quarter one year earlier. Also, the Android security rewards program surpassed $3 million in total payouts, the program being a way for Google to work with top researchers from around the world to improve the security of the Android ecosystem.

All of these efforts continued with the release of Android 9, which the report goes on to note added a myriad of new security features to keep devices and users secure. Others insights in this report include the fact that the Google Play Protect mobile threat detection service scans more than 50 billion apps every day across more than 2 billion devices.

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