ASI helped developers fix over 1,000,000 apps
As detailed by Android Security & Privacy Team’s Patrick Mutchler and Meghan Kelly:
Over its lifetime, the program has helped more than 300,000 developers to fix more than 1,000,000 apps on Google Play. In 2018 alone, the program helped over 30,000 developers fix over 75,000 apps. The downstream effect means that those 75,000 vulnerable apps are not distributed to users with the same security issues present, which we consider a win.
Two days ago, Google also announced updates in the Google Play Protect malware scanning engine which runs in the background looking for malicious apps and, as the company says, protecting over 2 billion devices every day.
According to Google, Google Play Protect will now be enabled by default for all Google Play users, and will also show a warning whenever Android users open a new or rare app or launch a potentially harmful app.
While Google’s efforts to make the Play Store safer each year are more than laudable, it’s safe to say that there’s a long way to go until users will no longer have to fear getting infected with malware, having sensitive info stolen or ads pushed onto their devices by miscreants.