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Users have less to download potentially harmful apps from Google Play

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Google Play remains the most secure service to download applications on Android. In 2016 the installation of potentially dangerous applications decreased in almost every category. About it is reported in the annual Google report about the security of the Android OS.

By the end of 2016 0.05% devices contained a potentially dangerous application. In 2015, the rate was 0.15 percent.

In addition:

  • Only 0,016% installed applications contain Trojans. This figure fell by 51.5% in comparison with 2015.
  • Only 0.003% of installed apps are malware downloads. This indicator decreased by 54.6% compared to the year 2015.
  • Only 0.003% of the installed apps contain backdoors. This figure fell by 30.5% in comparison with 2015.
  • Only 0,0018% of installed applications were phishing. This figure fell to 73,4% in comparison with 2015.

Adrian Ludwig and Melinda Miller, the security team Android stated:

"We are constantly monitoring the virus applications, and our system is improving over time. This is reflected in the statistics over the last year. Application check performed 750 million daily scans — 450 million more than in 2015. It is possible to reduce the coefficient of installation of potentially dangerous applications in 50 countries, where Android devices is most popular devices.

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As for the devices that users download apps from other resources, at the end of 2016 0.71% all Android devices have been installed in potentially hazardous applications, this figure slightly increased since the beginning of 2015, when it was 0.5%. In 2017, Google is going to reduce it with improved tools and knowledge gained in 2016.

The system of the monthly security updates of Android, launched in 2015, helping manufacturers to more quickly fix the vulnerabilities on the devices. In 2016 the program has expanded significantly:

  • In 2016, the security update was installed on more than 735 million devices from over 200 manufacturers.
  • During the year produced monthly updates for phones and tablets running Android 4.4.4 and above. They account for 86.3% of all active Android devices in the world.
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