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Next Google Play services update will allow Verify Apps to monitor for malware in the background

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Next Google Play services update will allow Verify Apps to monitor for malware in the background
Google's Verify Apps service is one of the more important features of Android that many may not even realize exists. The feature serves to scan apps that are installed for malware, and Google has claimed that the feature is successful enough that only .001% of malicious apps even get the chance to cause harm. But, that isn't enough, Google wants to lower that number more with an update to Google Play services.

Word has it that in an upcoming update to Google Play services, the Verify Apps feature will be tweaked a bit to allow it to continuously monitor installed apps in the background and alert you at any time if an app turns malicious. Verify Apps works by checking for known expressions of malicious code when an app is installed, but some apps may not have that code present until after installation. For example, an app could download additional files after installation that could contain malware. 

Of course, the update to Verify Apps should serve to catch those apps. And, because the update is coming via Google Play services, that means the update will be pushed out to almost 99% of the Google Android ecosystem in the background without any work by manufacturers, carriers, or users. 

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posted on 27 Feb 2014, 13:54 8

1. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Nice, proactive and protective.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 14:04 2

2. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3700; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


About time they implemented something like this.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 14:14 1

3. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 207; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


Very nice inflammatory comment, a nice fast ball over the middle of the plate.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 15:31

8. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3700; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Cry me a river?

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 16:21

9. Shatter (Posts: 2030; Member since: 29 May 2013)


People who get viruses are pirates and people who use 3rd party app stores.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 23:54 1

12. lyndon420 (Posts: 1769; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Not always bud...next time you download for example a flashlight app from the play store, check the permissions first. It's amazing that so many flashlight apps want full access to the internet and access to your contacts and storage. Always ALWAYS remember to check the permissions an app wants before installing it no matter where you downloaded it from.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 14:15 4

4. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Not like when the curator of a closed walled garden themselves leave WiFi gate open themselves.

Your best security, is obscurity, and that is fleeting at best.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 23:55

13. lyndon420 (Posts: 1769; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


I agree. (I must say...I'm not used to agreeing with your comments Mxyz, but I firmly believe in giving credit where its due)

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 14:29

5. D79_D79_ (Posts: 38; Member since: 19 Feb 2014)


What is so hard for google to have a scanning system for when the malicious apps gets uploaded to google play and if found the system refuses the malicious app to be added to google play then google play will be 99.99% safe

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 14:34 3

6. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


This one, is watching for bad crap you may have side loaded as well.
Above an beyond other Eco systems care for end user.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 14:52 2

7. xfire99 (Posts: 542; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


Google have been doing it for ages with Bouncer. This is for peopels that download apk from web and sideload it on devices.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 17:10 2

10. boosook (Posts: 1037; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


They're already doing it, and most people who get viruses are sideloading apps or using less reliable stores.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 22:09

11. LoveHater (Posts: 156; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


Background checking,, hmm, android goona hang more than

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