100% Increase In Malware Installed From Google Play Store Last Year

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Last month, Google removed more than 210 apps infected with adware called SimBad but only after reporting more than 150 million downloads collectively.

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There are several contributors to such a high level of security, like Google Play Protect which is a built-in malware scanner, for instance. The Play Store app has been updated to version 14.2.58 and without any further ado, let's take a look at what the latest update brings to the table. That actually increased versus 2017, but Google says that's a good thing. The corporate contends that if it eliminated click on-fraud stats, it could present PHAs put in from the official retailer declined by 31 % year over year. Google previous year began tracking and labeling the click fraud applications as PHAs.

In Q4 of 2018, the Android security patch downloads increased by 84 percent.

Google highlighted this week in its 2018 Android security report that end-user patching of its own Pixel devices is a huge success. One of those might cost you some money, while the other demands some restraint. How much? Less than half of 1% of all app downloads from the Google Play Store in 2018 were given that PHA classification. On the other hand, users that sideloaded apps or installed them from third-party app stores, were more likely to install a PHA. As Google states, PHAs affected only 0.08 percent of devices that install apps exclusively through the Play Store. Google Stadia aims to eliminate the need for expensive PC hardware by streaming games from a server in a remote location to a browser on your device.

"Four of the top ten PHAs in Brazil were pre-installed PHAs that were shipped on devices of a single Brazilian original equipment manufacturer (OEM)", Google explains. However, the special update format shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone since this is Google we are talking about after all and APK stands for "Android Package Kit". Duplex also does an incredible job of understanding the real human on the other line, and it nearly seems like a full generation ahead of the voice technology now in the Google Assistant or Siri. As Google points out, the PHA installation rates for Android 8 Oreo and Android 9 Pie devices are 0.19 percent and 0.18 percent, respectively.