Google removed 700000 malicious apps from the Play Store in 2017

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Out of the 700,000 malicious apps identified by Google, 99 percent were rejected before users could install them. Google claims that its advanced machine learning models help quickly sift through app submissions and flag them for inappropriate content. Furthermore, new detection models helped to identify repeat offenders, resulting in the removal of 100,000 developer accounts as well as using the data collected to help make it more hard for these developers to re-join. "Despite the new and enhanced detection capabilities that led to a record-high takedown of bad apps and malicious developers, we know a few still manage to evade and trick our layers of defense", says Ahn.

Google removed more than a quarter of a million apps past year that attempted to deceive users by impersonating famous apps. It also notes that famous titles get a lot of search traffic for particular keywords, and the bad actors try to cash on this traffic.

According to Statista, the Google Play Store was home to 2.8 million apps at the end of March 2017.

Inappropriate content: Apps that promote pornography, extreme violence, hate, and illegal activities. Ahn was proud to point out that in addition to removing more apps, they were able to identify and remove them more quickly too.

And lastly, we get to the Potentially Harmful Applications, which are a type of malware that can harm people or their devices. These apps compelled users in to downloading fake antivirus apps. That's a 70 percent increase over the total removals in 2016.

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The battle over clean, non-malicious apps on Google Play is a never-ending battle that Google is constantly finding new ways to address. Google took down more than 250,000 of these apps in the past year.

Last April, ESET, a security company, found that this seemingly harmless flashlight app on the Google Play store was actually malware dedicated to stealing your banking information.

These numbers were published today in an end-of-year report authored by Andrew Ahn, Product Manager of Google Play.

Google is leaving no stone unturned to make the complete Android ecosystem more secure and safe for users. If there's a fix that requires a newer OS, you're stuck.

A popular (but dubiously accurate) critique of the Play Store is that it has relied too heavily on automation to approve apps. This revenue growth was actually eclipsed by three of its fellow top 10 apps, though: CBS at 128 percent, Starz at 147 percent and YouTube at 154 percent.

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