As smartphones are becoming the primary devices for millions of users, not to mention that users store data from payment cards, ID cards, access bank accounts from them and much more, the security of these devices is more important than ever.
Google says security remains one of the top priorities for Google Play and that significant progress has been made over the past year when it comes to Android security and privacy, as illustrated by the company. on his blog quite impressive numbers.
Google Play Protection scans billions of installed applications every day on billions of devices to protect users from malware and unwanted software.
Through improved review processes, both manual and automatic, Google has blocked 1.2 million apps for violating the guidelines, so they didn’t even appear in the Play Store in 2021, preventing billions of malicious installations. Also, due to malicious behavior, 190,000 developer accounts were banned, and 500,000 developer accounts that were inactive or abandoned were removed.
This week, the company also announced a new section on data security for Google Play which will require developers to specify in detail which data their applications collect from users, which data they share with third parties, as well as to clearly indicate the security mechanisms used to protect the collected data.
The best way to ensure the security of user data is to restrict access to data, says Google.
Changes to Google’s platform policy have led to 98% of applications migrating to Android 11 or later reducing access to sensitive APIs and user data. Unnecessary, dangerous and unauthorized use of the accessibility API in applications migrating to Android 12 has also been significantly reduced, while maintaining functionality in legitimate use cases.
These new privacy protections have made some applications useless, but from a security perspective, this is a noticeable improvement.
Last year, Google banned the collection of advertising IDs (AAIDs) and other device identifiers from all users in apps designed exclusively for children, while allowing all users to completely delete their advertising IDs from any app.
Source: Informacija.rs by www.informacija.rs.
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