“tens of thousands” of apps with inappropriate content (pornography, extreme violence, hate, and illegal activities) are now out of the Play Store
Google has wiped out 70,000 malicious apps from its Play Store in 2017, which was done to ensure total security and avert malware-based apps from entering the Android devices. In 2016, the removal of malicious apps was about 70% lesser. Google has the enhanced potential to spot malicious apps and viruses via innovative technology and top-notch machine learning models.
Google Play product manager Andrew Ahn, said “Not only did we remove more bad apps, we were able to identify and action against them earlier. 99 percent of apps with abusive contents were identified and rejected before anyone could install them.”
As Android has the open platform, there are scores of copycat apps that looks same as the original apps and inserted in Google Play Store to deceive users. Then, it becomes very difficult for a normal user to identify the real and the fake app, and while installing the later the phone is surrounded with lots of malware and viruses.
Google further claims that it has taken out “tens of thousands” of apps with inappropriate content (pornography, extreme violence, hate, and illegal activities) out of the Play Store.
“Potentially harmful applications (PHAs) are apps that attempt to phish users’ personal information, act as a trojan horse for malware, or commit SMS fraud by firing off texts without a user’s knowledge. While small in volume, PHAs pose a threat to Android users and we invest heavily in keeping them out of the Play Store,” added Ahn.
Last year in August, Google has removed 30 dangerous malicious apps, which were installed on the devices automatically to perform denial-of-service attack. Moreover, 60 more games were taken out from the Play Store earlier this month.