On Wednesday, Google posted a blog discussing the steps it has been taking to continue protecting Android users from interacting with bad apps and bad developers. And Google Play Protect continues to scan billions of installed apps on billions of devices every day to protect Android users from getting mixed up in malware and other issues.
Has all of this scanning paid off for Google and Android users? Darn tootin’ it has. Last year Google blocked 1.2 million apps that violate policy from getting listed in the Play Store which prevented billions of harmful installations from taking place. Google last year also banned 190,000 bad accounts and closed 500,000 developer accounts that have been abandoned or inactive.
This week Google launched the Data Safety Section in the Play Store that it first announced last May. With this feature, app developers have to give users a deeper dive into the privacy and security features of the apps that they download. They also have to be more transparent about how they use the data that they collect and why the data was collected in the first place.
Google is giving Pixel users some extra security with the Security hub which offers a central view of the current configuration of a Pixel user’s device helping to protect their phone, apps, Google Account, and passwords. In addition, Security hub also recommends how a Pixel should be set up to meet users’ needs.
Google Play Protect now also uses machine learning tools to help detect the presence of malware in Google Play Protect. As Google says, “Our global teams are dedicated to keeping our billions of users safe, and look forward to many exciting announcements in 2022.”