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Android now more secure with Google's always-on scanner update for Verify Apps

News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday April 10, 2014.

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Google announced in February that it would introduce a new way to protect Android smartphones by introducing a security measure that constantly scans devices to prevent foul play. That measure, Verify Apps, is getting new help.

Verify Apps has so far worked by scanning applications installed from unknown sources, meaning any APK loaded from places other than Google Play. Such installations are the cause of malware because users foolishly install from untrustworthy sources. Verify Apps scans apps prior to installation to make sure that developers do not attempt to exploit any security vulnerabilties. Google today announced that it will now scan apps post-installation to make sure that continues. The process will run in the background and then warn users in case apps suddenly behave suspiciously.

According to Google's own stats, fewer than 0.18 percent of app installations continued despite warnings about threats. The numbers suggest that people rarely ever see the warnings but the vast majority of people who do wisely choose not to use the apps. The constant monitoring should keep that trend going for people running Android 2.3 or later. Users don't need to do anything for this to happen, but you can manage settings once they roll out by going to Settings > Security > Verify Apps.

source: Google

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