Google Play Protect blocked installation of 1.9 billion malware in 2019

Google Play Protect, the protection service built into Android smartphones, blocked the installation of more than 1.9 billion malicious apps downloaded outside the Google Play Store in 2019 alone.

Working as an antivirus, it protects Android devices by regularly scanning both apps and their updates from the Play Store as well as APKs downloaded from third-party sites to verify that they do not install any malware without the knowledge of the user.

Introduced during Google I / O in 2017, Google Play Protect is now installed on more than 2.5 billion Android devices.

No more installs outside the Play Store

The number of installs blocked by Google Play Protect is up from 2017 and 2018 when the service prevented the installation of more than 1.6 billion malicious apps. With more than 100 billion apps scanned daily, Play Protect allows users to be alerted and take the right action when a security issue is detected on their device.

For 2020, Google wants to further improve its arsenal against malicious applications. The company hopes to strengthen its application security policy to protect user privacy, detect threats faster and block repeat offenders, and finally, detect and remove applications with content or behavior harmful to the user.

sources: BleepingComputer, Android Developer Blog

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