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  1. Google says Android now as secure as Apple’s iOS: Here are key features

Google says Android now as secure as Apple’s iOS: Here are key features

Google also laid emphasis on the environment Android 8.0 Oreo provides to the smartphones, attacking the ransomware on the whole.

By: | New Delhi | Published: March 16, 2018 5:19 PM
Google pointed this new achievement for Android in a 56-page report that mainly talks about Google Play Protect

Ever since Android grew in terms of market share across the world, it has been criticised for being a hideout for uncountable spyware, malware, and other vulnerabilities. On the other hand, Apple’s iOS has been claimed to be comparatively secure than Android. Now, Google claims that Android ecosystem is as secure as the ‘rival’, without getting into describing who would that be. However, the main competition to Android is iOS that is Apple’s ecosystem, suggesting that Android is now touted to be equally safe and hack-free as iOS.

Google pointed this new achievement for Android in a 56-page report that mainly talks about Google Play Protect that was introduced last year. Google Play Protect resides in Google Play store and checks for all the app and game installations of any breaches or vulnerabilities. Even though there are many users who sideload apps with their APK files, but Google Play Protect works on them too. Google deployed machine learning in Play Protect that discovered about 60.3 per cent of potentially harmful apps in Play store.

In addition, Google Play Protect shields Android devices for any suspicious content or codes in Potentially Harmful Apps or PHAs. “We recognized that nearly 35% of new PHA installations were occurring when a device was offline or had lost network connectivity,” said Google in a blog post. In October last year, Google enabled offline scanning process in Play Protect that is claimed to have ‘prevented 10 million more PHA installs’.

Google also laid emphasis on the environment Android 8.0 Oreo provides to the smartphones, attacking the ransomware on the whole. Google said there was a flurry of new security features introduced with Android 8.0 Oreo, some of which may have ‘flown under the radar’. For instance, Google says that it upgraded the overlay API so that apps cannot block the entire screen, not letting the users dismiss or exit them. This is one of the common tactics employed by apps hosting ransomware.

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  1. Roc Wurst
    Mar 19, 2018 at 2:51 am
    This might mean something if a significant percentage of the Android user base was running Android v8 Oreo, but at a ridiculous 1 market share after 7 months that is just not the case. The fact that half of the Android user base are still stuck on the 4 year old v5 Lollipop or older is a bitter indictment of the broken Android Update model and makes Google's claim of security parity completely laughable. The latest NetGuard Endpoint Security’s Mobile Threat Intelligence Report indicates that In January 2016 there were less than 600,000 Android mobile malware samples, but by the end of the year that had grown to an incredible 12 million. Android devices are most often the target (81 of the time) with tethered or cellular PCs representing 15 of targets and all other mobile devices combined making up 4 . iOS devices don’t even register in the stats. I'm afraid to say that Android is still a toxic malware cesspit.
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    1. Priya Kapoor
      Mar 17, 2018 at 1:04 am
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