Today, more than 2 billion Android devices rely on apps from the Play Store, and apps are needed for take-outs or for raising a frog. Although these apps provide many interesting and useful features, they can also cause some problems.
In April last year, cybersecurity firm ESET found that a seemingly harmless flashlight application in the Play Store is actually malware that could potentially steal user bank card information. Avast, another anti-virus company, also found similar behavior across multiple applications. Last September, Google removed 50 malicious applications that had millions of downloads.
Although a handful of malicious applications escaped Google's censorship into the Play Store, Google said: "99% of malicious applications were identified and deleted before they were first installed."
Play Store product manager, Andrew Ahn. "Google can now use machine learning to identify and remove inappropriate content," wrote a blog post. Malicious and fake apps. The algorithm can detect developers who are trying to abuse the Play Store App Store. Google believes most app developers are user friendly. However, there are still some malicious developers trying to escape censorship into Play Store to put users' devices at risk. Because of Play. Store is large and covers global Android users. To make it a target for malicious developers. In 2017, Google logged off 100,000 malicious developer accounts. "
Most of the applications that were removed were counterfeit applications, and developers of these counterfeit applications tried to duplicate the patterns of popular applications. Google said it has shelved more than 250,000 fake apps in 2017. Last November, a fake application disguised as the popular live chat tool "WhatsApp" was removed by Google and had more than 1 million downloads before it was taken off the shelf.
Google said its new detection algorithms detect more violent applications more effectively and reduce the number of users who download malicious applications from their Play Store. The company also mentioned that since the Google Play Protect tool, which scans for violating apps on mobile phones, has effectively reduced the number of harmful apps by 10% from 2016. In addition, the probability of downloading a malicious application from the Google Play Store is 10 times less than that of other third-party sources.