#Privacy: Google Play Protect thwarted 1.9 billion malware installs 


Google Play Protect scans over 100 billion apps everyday informing users about potential security issues and actions they can take to keep their devices safe and secure. 

Google Play Protect, launched in 2017, is Google’s built-in malware protection for Android. It is now deployed on over 2.5 billion active Android devices. 

Yesterday, Google revealed that Google Play Protect scans over 100 billion apps everyday and has prevented more than 1.9B malware installs from non-Google Play sources. 

In a blog post, Google explained that in 2019 it was working on strengthening its policies to better protect kids and families, in addition to improving its developer approval process. 

Google also initiated a deeper collaboration with security industry partners through the App Defense Alliance to identify potentially harmful applications and stopping them from being published. 

The tech giant also enhanced its machine learning detection systems analyzing an app’s code metadata and user engagement signals for any suspicious content or behaviours. 

In the post, Google stated that a new policy was released in 2019 to stop apps from unnecessarily accessing privacy-sensitive SMS and Call Log data. Since its release, Google saw a 98% decrease in apps accessing SMS and Call Log data. 

Additionally, Google’s improved vetting mechanism prevented over 790,000 policy-violating app submissions before being published onto the Play Store. 

“While we are proud of what we were able to achieve in partnership with our developer community, we know there is more work to be done. Adversarial bad actors will continue to devise new ways to evade our detection systems and put users in harm’s way for their own gains,” said Andrew Ahn, Product Manager, Google Play + Android App Safety.

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