Android Is Safe: Only 0.04% Of Apps Downloaded From Google Play Are Considered To Be Potentially Harmful

Google’s Android has entered the world market not quite long ago, it has just 10 years passed since the launch of this mobile operating system and it has already been installed on more than 2 billion devices. However, does this operating system maintain the proper level of security?

The answer is yes. According to the company’s annual report, only 0.04% of applications downloaded from Google Play are considered to be potentially harmful applications or, in short, PHA. If we take the actual numbers, SensorTower estimated that there were about 75.7 billion downloads from Google Play, among them only 30 million are classified as PHAs.

There are several contributors to such a high level of security, like Google Play Protect which is a built-in malware scanner, for instance. Even though it is impossible to estimate the exact number of PHAs blocked from Google Play in 2018, the approximate figure is 1.6 billion PHA of disclosures.

The impact of those downloaded outside of Google Play is much higher than Google Play’s downloads. The number detected in 2018 stood at 0.68 percent, down 15 percent from 0.8 percent a year ago.

Source: TechCrunch

Regarding the categories that are covered by PHAs at the moment, click fraud is the highest category both in terms of install rates and distribution. Only in 2018, Google has started considering click fraud as a PHAs, earlier it was classified as a policy violation. In its report, Google noted that it “expect[s] click fraud to remain a profitable fraud vector, but at a lower scale than in 2018.”

Source: TechCrunch

According to Google, two biggest click fraud families were FlashingPuma and CardinalFall, their main target was USA, Brazil and Mexico. Trojan virus placed second place, while SMS fraud is on the third place.

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