The Google Play Store has its own safes for detecting malicious apps and untrustworthy developers, but every now and then clever hackers expose a chink in their armor. With a large number of applications published each year, Google uses machine learning and artificial intelligence courtesy of Play Protect introduced in 2017 to tighten the loop on suspicious applications. A good example of security is the mind-blowing data suggesting 100 billion app scans installed daily on billions of devices around the world.
The app review process managed to remove 962,000 suspicious apps and 119,000 untrusted developer accounts. 2020 was crucial for the Play Store in light of the fake news about the elections and the COVID-19 pandemic, so Google had to stay one step ahead to ensure no misinformation was spread.
To this end, Google has set requirements for COVID-19 apps to have high-level user data privacy and are only endorsed by health care or government authorities. Also in light of the US elections, Google implemented a security mechanism to ensure that illegitimate apps are not placed on the Play Store.
Aside from these top priority developments, Google made good progress with how apps request location access, storage access, or other sensitive permissions. Set requirements keep things transparent and apps that don’t follow the guidelines are removed from the Store.
Since most kids are on their devices most of the day, in 2020 Google also released the teacher-approved apps that are reviewed by academic experts. This is a big step by Google to make sure that only the best content is served to children.
Google constantly improves its security and the quality of the applications offered in the Play Store. But like we said, there is still a long way to go before it is fully tested, as hackers find ways to circumvent machine learning AI.