Google Bumping Up Android Security with Updated Verify Apps Offering

By Prarthito

How crucial is your online security in an age where we are already seeing the likes of Heartbleed and other such bugs giving a headache to all those regularly active on the web. However, Google understands the plight of the modern web surfer and has now bumped its own internal security to sheild users against hacks.

According to reports, Google has announced a new change in its Android security system that will make sure that apps on a user's smartphone are safe from several malicious software and hacks.

Google Bumping Up Android Security with Updated Verify Apps Offering


Google already had its own "Verify Apps" feature that it earlier used for scanning apps for malicious codes at the time of installation.

However, with new changes made to the app, as revealed via the official blog for Android, the program will now expand and will continuously check the device even after installation to make sure that apps are 'behaving in a safe manner'."

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"Building on Verify apps, which already protects people when they're installing apps outside of Google Play at the time of installation, we're rolling out a new enhancement which will now continually check devices to make sure that all apps are behaving in a safe manner, even after installation," the official post states.

But how does its affect the normal user apart from the app scanning the phone for malware? Apparently, the continuous app scanning will mean that if any app changes permissions later down the line -- ability to access calendar, read messages and more -- Google's Android Verify Apps program will keep a tab on them and make sure they are not affected by any malware.

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Moreover, the new continuous checks will use the same app-scanning technology that Google already makes use of for Android, alongside in its Chrome browser.

Google says that the regular "Verify apps" feature in Android has already been used more than 4 billion times to date.

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