With 6 billion applications scanned per day in 2015, Android is safer than ever

Google has released its Android Security Report 2015. The message is clear, Google has made great efforts in 2015 to improve the safety of users of Android.

Google has just launched its Android Security Report 2015, a document of 49 pages compiling the main improvements to Android in terms of security and integrated use of safety services statistics to the OS or the way Google performs its security checks. Contrary to what one might think at first, it is a fairly accessible document that is not afraid of English.

What to remember, in outline, is that Google does not take the safety of its users seriously. We learn that Google controls daily 6 billion applications installed on Android devices. Nearly 400 million Android devices are inspected daily by Verify Apps ( “Verify apps” in French), in order to protect users of PHAs, for Potentially Harmful applications, these applications that can potentially damage a device.

Store side of safety improvements

If Google makes much of the improvements in terms of safety provided to Android for classic users (permissions management on Android applications 6.0 Marshmallow, default data encryption, monthly security update), it also makes much in its report on improvements and the biggest audits from the Play Store. Thus, 100,000 applications haves verified security vulnerability related to Vungle, Apache Cordova WebView SSL, and GnuTLS Vitamio were identified and corrected by the developers or removed from the Play Store.

The percentage of PHA applications installed on Android devices that download their apps on the Play Store

The percentage of PHA applications installed on Android devices that download their applications outside the Play Store

Even better, Google says that in 2015 the number of PHA application installations collecting data users fell 40% from 2014, Spyware fell by 60% and “Hostile Downloaders” have fallen by 50% . Last interesting figure, on average, less than 0.5% of Android devices installed a PHA implementation in 2015, a figure that drops to 0.15% when these devices only install applications from the Play Store.