Google tightens security of Android Market


Google tightens security of Android Market


Google has added to a new security service to the Android Market called Bouncer in order to scan the new apps as they are loaded by the developers. Bouncer will sweep the apps for any potential malicious behavior and analyzes the accounts of new developers in order to prevent the offenders from spreading their wares.

The Vice President of Engineering, Hiroshi Lockheimer at the Android unit of Google mentioned in a blog post that it impossible to prevent the bad people from creating malware but the most important part is these bad apps being installed on the devices from the app store.

The implementation of Bouncer has found a 40% decrease in the potential malicious downloads that happen at the Android Market. A security research firm, Lookout had published a report in December 2011 that over $1 million is stolen from the Android users in the year due to the download of malicious software and that this figure can increase.

The co-founder of Lookout, Kevin Mahaffey has applauded the move of Google and said that it is great for the company to work on the community to offer a quick security for the users. Bouncer is sure to mark an all new direction for the company that until now has allowed the apps to exist on the app store without any evaluation process as opposed to Apple.

The freedom that the Android Market has given to the developers has helped it to boost the growth and to sharpen the competition with the rival, iOS. The app store has reached 10 billion downloads within 3 years from its start.

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