Google removed 700000 bad apps from the Play Store previous year

31 January, 2018, 05:03 | Author: Sam Montgomery
  • Google rolls out update for 'Files Go' app, here are the new features

The tech giant said on Tuesday that it removed more than 700,000 apps from the Google Play store in 2017, up 70 percent from the number of apps removed in 2016. It appears that the safeguards did not really work since more than 700,000 apps were removed from Google Play a year ago.

As Google Play product manager Andrew Ahn also told me, there are some clear patterns in how malicious and deceiving developers try to sneak their apps into the store.

The company credits improvements to its machine learning models and new detection models for malicious and abusive techniques. Google Play Protect scans through Google Play Store looking for abusive or malicious apps. Yikes. Bad people sure do love them some Android it seems. Google removed 100,000 bad developers in 2017, he added. Google also pulled tens of thousands of apps for having inappropriate content, which were flagged by Google's machine learning algorithms and then removed by the company's human reviewers.

The figures reveal a worrying uptick in malware or copycat apps, but also shows Google is becoming increasingly adept at dealing with the problem.

NASA Says 'Super Blue Blood Moon' Coming Wednesday, January 31
According to Space.com, the last total eclipse of a blue moon occurred just after the Civil War era in in March 1866. Since the total eclipse happens right at moonset, it may be hard for people in western Kentucky to see it.

Why Isn't Lorde Performing at the Grammys? Sources Explain …
If you had your heart set on seeing Lorde do a Grammy performance, there's a classic one nestled below for your convenience. Reps for the Grammys and Lorde did not immediately respond to Variety's request for comment.

Legal Framework For Simultaneous Polls Will Take Time: Election Body
Apart from this, Rawat has also served as Collector of Narsinghpur from 1983-86 and Indore (Madhya Pradesh) from 1986-88. Once elected by the President, it is very hard to remove the authority of the Chief Election Commissioner.

According to Ahn, copycat apps are usually created to resemble popular mainstream apps and is a popular method of deceiving users. This revenue growth was actually eclipsed by three of its fellow top 10 apps, though: CBS at 128 percent, Starz at 147 percent and YouTube at 154 percent. Finding these bad apps is non-trivial as the malicious developers go the extra mile to make their app look as legitimate as possible. These are malware scanning, application monitoring for rogue behavior, the ability to remotely locate, lock, and optionally wipe your device, and warnings about dodgy sites, which try to feed you malware or trick you out of personal information.

The PHA includes those that are malware or those that are trying to commit fraud without your consent or knowledge. Hopefully, over time the changes made in the Play Store can lift Android's security reputation to be on par with - or better than - the alternatives. As the technology and techniques keep advancing, there will be a lot more apps removed from Google Play Store in the future. Do you think Google's review processes are stringent enough? Are you anxious about the number of apps being removed from Google Play Store?

Despite these apps that managed to slip through Google's apps marketplace, the company said that "99% of apps with abusive contents were identified and rejected before anyone could install them". How safe do you feel with Google Play Protect overall?

Recommended:



Popular

McCabe Stepped Down Amid Pressure From Wray
Mr Comey had been overseeing the bureau's investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. News reported he had enough accumulated leave to step down earlier, while CBS News reported he was forced out.

Donald Glover Confirms He's Working On Final Album As Childish Gambino
The Sunday's award show performance marks the first for Glover since his set at the Governor's Ball. McCrary, his co-star in the live-action remake of " The Lion King ".

Russians Brave Icy Temperatures to Protest Putin and Election
As a police announcement intoned that walkways had to be kept clear, protesters shouted, "Putin's War", "Protest" and "Boycott". A video stream on Sunday morning from the opposition leader's headquarters showed police entering the office.

Mysterious mummy with syphilis revealed to be British leader's relative
Anna Catharina Bischoff is believed to be the great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother of the British Foreign Secretary . Anna Catharina Bischoff's body was uncovered in 1975 while renovations were being done on the Barfuesser church.

Geneva voices concerns over Turkish offensive against Syrian Kurds
A senior US official said that as of Tuesday the Turks had not been ready to engage in detail on such a proposal. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the announcement that triggered the Turkish offensive.

Xbox One X launched in India
Interested gamers can buy Xbox One X from Amazon, Flipkart, Microsoft India Store and Croma. It is also the smallest and most feature-rich Xbox ever.

15-Year Old School Shooter in the US kills 2, injures 18
The shooter is now in custody, but the police have not reported if there were specific motives involved. The shooting started just minutes after the suspect arrived to school, according to a police official.

The sound of AI: Everything you need to know about Apple's HomePod
If your device is compatible with iOS 11 or is already running that version of the Apple OS, then updating shouldn't be an issue. In the United States , you can get it through Apple Stores and at select Apple Authorized Resellers, such as Best Buy.

Dolores O'Riordan will be laid to rest today
London's Metropolitan Police told ET last week that the singer's death is not being treated as suspicious . Her spiritual journey continued in many parts of our world, and yet Dolores remained anchored in Limerick.

Kendrick Lamar and SZA are coming to Detroit
Lamar received seven nominations, including Record of the Year for his song "Humble" and Album of the Year for " Damn ". Seven-time Grammy Award victor Kendrick Lamar is set to perform in Albuquerque on May 15 at Isleta Amphitheater.