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Google took down more than 700000 bad apps in 2017

Google took down more than 700000 bad apps in 2017 Google took down more than 700000 bad apps in 2017
Theresa Hayes | 31 January, 2018, 04:40

Today, the company announced that it had removed 700,000 apps from the Google Play Store in 2017 that were found to be in violation of the store's policies.

The relatively open nature of Android has made it a target for malware authors and other bad actors of all stripes who often try to get their wares onto your phone through both the official Google Play Store, third-party app stores and any other way they can think of.

Google removed 99% of harmful apps from the Play Store before anyone was able to download it.

"We've also developed new detection models and techniques that can identify repeat offenders and abusive developer networks at scale", Ahn continued. Furthermore, new detection models helped to identify repeat offenders, resulting in the removal of 100,000 developer accounts as well as using the data collected to help make it more hard for these developers to re-join. The good thing is that, for the most part, these apps don't typically find a lot of users. It added that it took down over 250,000 copycat apps (those trying to piggyback off the success of popular apps) and "tens of thousands" of apps violating policies against apps that feature hate speech, illegal acts and porn. In 2017, Google took down more than a quarter of a million of impersonating apps. This helps the human reviewers in effectively detecting and enforcing on the problematic apps. CBS's mobile SVOD app more than doubled its revenue year-on-year, driven primarily by Star Trek: Discovery. Google has a ton of safeguards in place that are supposed to stop these malicious apps from getting onto Google Play Store in the first place. While there weren't many of them, the mechanism reduced the number of installations by an "order of magnitude" over 2016, Google said.

And remember, many Android users in China and elsewhere don't have access to the Play Store. For example, no one's been able to use the Meltdown and Spectre security holes in malware. yet. Google Play Protect scans through Google Play Store looking for abusive or malicious apps. Heck no! The battle against malware is never-ending and bad programs will make it through sometimes. "With one tap in the list or grid view, you can easily filter to see files stored on your SD card", said Devesh Sarwate, software engineer, Files Go, Google.