Google Team Rolls Out Universal Android Security Update

The Android security team recently took to their official blog to proudly announce the arrival of their brand new mobile protection program, Verify apps.

Built on top of the existing platform available through the settings application on any phone or tablet running Android 2.3 or above, the new system will constantly monitor the activity of all the apps installed on your Google device, a feat that wasn’t feasible until the optimization of the battery vs. functionality balance was finally achieved in the most recent builds of the mobile OS, as well as the hundreds of customized versions it supports.

Developed by a cooperation of members from both the Android security and Safe Browsing teams, the new effort is targeted at preventing unknown or malicious programs from launching on their own, or from seeking extra permissions without the user’s explicit consent beforehand. It also combines with current security features, including those which verify every single app before it’s ever installed or gets a chance to come into contact with the onboard OS.

The team was enthusiastic about the strength they’d seen with Verify in the past 12 months, touting its abilities and listing off the specifics of just how effective the app-scanning silent guardian has been since its original implementation.

In the last year, the foundation of this service—Verify apps—has been used more than 4 billion times to check apps at the time of install. This enhancement will take that protection even further, using Android’s powerful app scanning system developed by the Android security and Safe Browsing teams.


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These well-timed moves should help to crack down on the masse of malware that has been plaguing the Android ecosystem as of late, with reports suggesting that up to a third of all apps currently being downloaded in the Google Play store could be infected with one kind of mobile threat or another.

All users can download the update now, available through the Google Play store.