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Criticism against Google Play Store on the Rise about Malware-Laced Apps




Google Play Store has come in for a serious criticism as of late, with various alerts about malware-laced apps which have frequently been on the store for quite a long time, or even years, and which have been installed by a huge number of users.

This most recent cautioning concerns four VPNs and two selfie apps, with in excess of 500 million installs between them, all of which contain harmful adware and which look for hazardous system permissions that can exact serious harm.

Regardless of significant efforts to clean house the issue stays pervasive and users stay in danger.

Google Play Protect is therefore one storefront intended to make preparations against application vulnerabilities and, in 2018, Google “detected and removed malicious developers faster, and stopped more malicious apps from entering the Google Play Store than ever before. The number of rejected app submissions increased by more than 55%, and we increased app suspensions by more than 66%."
However, once more the warnings still remain that dangerous applications are as yet accessible for install on Google's official store.

First was a notice from security researcher Andy Michael around four Android VPNs that are 'bombarding devices' with false ads—creating income for their operators to the detriment of the organizations setting the advertisements.

Second, was a notice from security researchers at Wandera that two camera filter apps with more than 1.5 million installs between them have been tainting devices with adware.

In any case Google's Android (and Apple's iOS) is making it progressively simple for users to track permissions granted and application misuse now and every user has been informed to take advantage of every one of the protections set up, clicking with caution and keeping their smartphones protected from the would-be-intruders to every extent they can.

This is all in light of the fact that the clever malware attacks still exist out there—and they can be very difficult to detect.

Google updates Google Play Protect


Google has made some significant changes to Google Play Protect for protecting Android users from unwanted and malicious apps.

The company has launched the Google Play Protect feature in 2017, it performs the following functions:


  •  It does a safety check for apps before users download it from the Google Play Store.
  •  It  also checks for potential harmful apps available from the other sources 
  •  It warns and detect potentially harmful apps, and removes malicious apps from your device.
  •  It warns about apps that violate our Unwanted Software Policy by hiding or misrepresenting important information.


In a blog post, Google said that Google Play Protect has protected over 2 billion devices every day.

"Google Play Protect is the technology we use to ensure that any device shipping with the Google Play Store is secured against potentially harmful applications (PHA)," stated Google's blog post. "It is made up of a giant backend scanning engine to aid our analysts in sourcing and vetting applications made available on the Play Store, and built-in protection that scans apps on users' devices, immobilizing PHA and warning users."

Google has enabled Google Play Protect by default for all Google Play users, but a user can also confirm that Google Play Protect is enabled by going into the Play Store, tapping, and tapping Play Protect.