- Google removed 700,000 apps from the Play Store in 2017 that had violated the shop’s policies.
- That quantity was once up 70 % in comparison to 2016, however 99 % of the ones apps had been removed sooner than any person may set up them.
- Of the apps removed in 2017, 250,000 of them had been seeking to emulate already launched apps.
It turns out we will be able to’t cross a couple of days with out information about malicious apps shooting up in the Google Play Store. However, apparently that Google is making inroads in disposing of the ones sorts of apps sooner than they’re downloaded to the billions of Android customers. Today, the corporate introduced that it had removed 700,000 apps from the Google Play Store in 2017 that had been discovered to be in violation of the shop’s policies.
Google added that the choice of apps removed remaining yr was once up 70 % in comparison to the app elimination numbers in 2016. In even higher information, 99 % of the apps that had been taken down from the Play Store in 2017 had been removed sooner than any person controlled to obtain them from the shop.
Of the ones 700,000 removed apps, Google stated that just about a 3rd of them (250,000) had been taken down since the apps attempted to emulate already launched, felony apps in the Play Store. Other apps had been removed for violating the Play Store’s content material policies, together with apps that confirmed pornography, excessive violence, hate speech, and unlawful actions. Still extra had been removed as a result of they contained malware and engaged in phishing actions. In the ones specific circumstances, Google stated that the hot release of its Google Play Protect program, which routinely scans apps for malicious job, reduce down at the choice of app installs in that class very much in comparison to 2016.
Google nonetheless admits that some malicious apps “still manage to evade and trick our layers of defense.” That indisputably was once the case for the 60 apps that had been inflamed with the AdultSwine malware that was once first reported a couple of weeks in the past. Those apps attempted to trick customers into downloading faux antivirus apps, and a few even confirmed pornographic pictures. The inflamed apps had been downloaded as much as 7 million instances sooner than they had been removed from move via Google, once they had been alerted to the risk via the Check Point safety company.