Google steps-up Android malware scanning efforts
Back at the tail end of February we heard about an improvement Google was working on to the way Android helps protect users against malicious software, building off the existing Verify Apps framework that evaluated apps at the time of installation to introduce a system that continually monitored apps to check for ne’er-do-wells, even after the software was already loaded on your phone. Today Google confirms that report and announces the introduction of this newly enhanced scanning service.
While this is largely a better-safe-than-sorry measure, and most users who get their apps from respected sources like the Play Store itself shouldn’t be worrying about Android malware very much in the first place, we’ll gladly welcome any tweaks to the existing Verify Apps system that help reduce that already small risk even further. According to Google’s records, only something like one fifth of one percent of Android users end up triggering its malware defenses in the first place.
Google doesn’t say much about deployment of this new system other than that it’s currently rolling out, which sounds to us like the change will be virtually transparent for the end user; we haven’t seen a new release of Google Play services, at least, so you may not need any software update to immediately start taking advantage of these new protections.