Play Store App May Get Built-in Malware Scanner
Article by George Norman
On 15 Oct 2012
Rumor on the web has it that with the version after Android 4.1, Google may build a malware scanner into the Play Store app.

Security experts often report that the number of malicious apps that target Android-powered devices is growing fast and Google should take measures to ensure users remain protected. If rumors are to be believed, Google will address such concerns by building a malware scanner into the Play Store app. This malware scanner will check all apps for harmful behavior and is reportedly going to be introduced with Android 4.2, or whatever new version will come after Android 4.1 codename Jelly Bean.

Advertising

This is not the first time that Google, unlike what some experts may say, shows it’s taking security seriously. I remind you that earlier this year Google introduced Bouncer, a service that automatically scans the Play Store (formerly Android Market) and looks for potentially malicious software. While Bouncer runs, new applications, existing applications, and developer accounts are analyzed for signs of wrongdoing.

“Once an application is uploaded, the service immediately starts analyzing it for known malware, spyware and Trojans,” explained Hiroshi Lockheimer, VP of Android engineering. “It also looks for behaviors that indicate an application might be misbehaving, and compares it against previously analyzed apps to detect possible red flags. We actually run every application on Google’s cloud infrastructure and simulate how it will run on an Android device to look for hidden, malicious behavior. We also analyze new developer accounts to help prevent malicious and repeat-offending developers from coming back.”

So the conclusion is that Google is taking Android security seriously and is keen on keeping Android users safe and secure. It proved this with the Google Bouncer service and, if the rumors prove to be true, it will once again prove it by building malware-scanning capabilities into the Google Play app.




Tags: Google, Security, Android, Google Play, Play Store, Android Market, Bouncer
About the author: George Norman
George is a news editor.
You can follow him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter

I Hope you LIKE this blog post! Thank you!
What do YOU have to say about this
blog comments powered by Disqus
Popular News
By George Norman on 17 Aug 2017
With the blockbuster movie season upon us, Sony decided to celebrate the occasion with a sale: the Attack of the Blockbusters Sale that offers discounts of up to 50% (60% if you’re a PlayStation Plus member) on a ton of PS4 video games.
By George Norman on 17 Aug 2017
Samsung’s new T5 portable solid-state drive (PSSD) uses the latest 64-layer V-NAND technology, offers between 250GB and 2TB of storage capacity, has a lightweight and shock-resistant design that’s smaller than the average business card, and delivers industry-leading transfer speeds of up to 540 MB/s.
Related News
By George Norman on 02 Aug 2017
Countless online articles have been published to help you squeeze as much battery life as possible from your smartphone, and many companies have come up with mobile apps that will help boost your phone’s battery life – including, as of recently, Kaspersky Lab.
By George Norman on 09 Aug 2017
Android started out as an underdog, as the mobile operating system that nobody took seriously. Big-name tech companies laughed it off and critics said it would fail miserably, but Android proved them all wrong and become the powerhouse that it is today.
By George Norman on 14 Aug 2017
Opera Max, the Android app that uses compression technology to help you save data and get up to 50% more from your data plan, has been discontinued. The app is no longer featured on Opera.com and it’s no longer listed on Google Play.
By George Norman on 29 May 2017
On its Ramadan web portal, search engine giant Google recommends 5 mobile apps that might come in handy if you're a Muslim and you're currently observing the holy month of fasting.
Sponsored Links
Hot Software Updates
Top Downloads
Become A Fan!
Link To Us!
Play Store App May Get Built-in Malware Scanner
HTML Linking Code