Google: Android is safe

Google: Android is safe
Google released today its Android Security State of the Union 2014. The report reveals a few statistics showing how hard Google is working to keep the Android operating system secure. According to the report, Google Play conducts 200 million security scans on devices each day. Overall, more than 1 billion devices are protected by Google Play.

With all of the headlines, it is easy to be nervous about downloading and installing an app on your phone. After all, you could be accidentally poisoning your own handset. But the odds of something like this happening are very slim. Google says that last year, fewer than 1% of Android devices installed a PHA (Potentially Harmful App). From the Google Play Store, only .15% of devices installed a PHA last year. And these numbers are improving. Between the first quarter of 2014 and the year's final quarter, the rate of PHA installations declined by 50%.

And there's more. SafetyNet checks out over 400 million connections a day for SSL issues like "man in the middle attacks" similar to the Freak. Last year, over 25,000 apps in the Google Play Store were updated after the developers received a security notice from Google Play. Android and Android partners responded after receiving reports of 79 security issues last year.


Google says that it is continuing to make sure that Google is safe. Inside Google Play it is "being even more proactive in reviewing applications for all types of policy violations." Outside Google Play, it is enhancing its protection for high-risk devices and high-risk regions.

source: Google via AndroidGuys

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79 Comments

1. AlikMalix unregistered

To be honest never like when companies would be "tooting your own horn" sort of speak. Whether it's Google and their security assessment of their own products or Apple with their "It's Amazing!", "Profound", and "...never heard of" slogans. They need to let me and the rest of consumers to tell you if its amazing or secure based on our experiences. The rest is just a sales pitch.

3. TheOfficialOpinion

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

lol did you even read the article? They aren't tooting their own horn. They are trying to make developers/users feel comfortable and safe. They are saying they are taking proper actions to manage risk. Also, your very last sentence made me laugh. If you are selling a product and you're a multi-billion dollar company, what public statement isn't a sales pitch?

81. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Google should have released this report one day earlier.

15. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Many Android OEMs implement those slogans in their commercials. As an Apple guy, I watch their commercials and show more deeper meaning in their commercial and makes their products an amazing experience. But as always, their marketing strategies and I consider Apple to be a master of it.

39. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

GOOGLE IS EVIL It’s bad enough when you run a search company in an increasingly social world. It’s worse when anti-trust regulators say you have unfairly and illegally used your dominance in search to promote your own products over those of competitors. Now Google executives, who like to boast of their company’s informal motto, “Don’t Be Evil,” also stand accused of being just that — and rightly so. What other interpretation is possible in light of persistent allegations that the internet titan deliberately engaged in “the single greatest breach in the history of privacy” and “one of the biggest violations of data protection laws that we had ever seen?” Google’s history of anti-social social networks and anti-trust trust relations that deceptively breach online consumer privacy and trust has already begun to threaten its longstanding web hegemony and its vaunted brand. Now the company’s repeatedly defensive and dishonest responses to charges that its specially equipped Street View cars surreptitiously collected private internet communications — including emails, photographs, passwords, chat messages, and postings on websites and social networks — could signal a tipping point. With the phenomenally successful and profitable internet giant being newly scrutinized by consumers, competitors, regulators and elected officials alike, all concerned about basic issues of privacy, trust and anti-trust, the question must be raised: Is Google facing an existential threat? With government regulators nipping at its heels on both sides of the Atlantic, Facebook leading in the race for attention and prestige, and “social” beginning to replace “search” as a focus of online activity, the company that revolutionized our means of finding information just a decade ago now finds itself increasingly under siege and in danger of fading from prominence to become, in essence, the “next Microsoft.” Who gave these new media companies the right to invade our privacy without our permission or knowledge and then secretly store the data until they can figure out how to profit from it in the future? That possibility came into sharper focus recently when fed-up European regulators gave the company an ultimatum — change your lying ways about your anticompetitive practices in search, online advertising and smartphone software or face the consequences. Regulators in the United States are poised to follow suit.

40. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Meanwhile, the secret Street View data collection has already led to inquiries in at least a dozen countries. Yet Google still refuses to ‘fess up and supply an adequate explanation of what it was up to, why the data was collected and who knew about it. To date, no domestic regulator has even seen the information that Google gathered from American citizens. Instead, Google chose first to deny everything, then blamed a programming mistake involving experimental software, claimed that no use of the illicit data in Google products was foreseen, and said that a single “rogue” programmer was responsible for the whole imbroglio. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) determined instead that the data collection was no accident, that supervisors knew all about it and that Google in fact “intended to collect, store and review” the data “for possible use in other Google products,” and fined Google for obstructing the investigation. Google’s response to the FCC was not unusual. At every step of the way, the company has delayed, denied and obstructed investigations into its data collection. It has consistently resisted providing information to both European and American regulators and made them wait months for it — as well as for answers as to why it was collected. Company executives even had the temerity to tell regulators they could not show them the collected data, because to do so might be breaking privacy and wiretapping laws! As Bradford L. Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, told The New York Times while citing Google’s stated mission to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” it seems “Google’s practice is to prevent others from doing the same thing.” Given its record, and with so little accountability, how can any of us trust Google — or other Internet giants like Facebook, which now faces its own privacy and anti-trust concerns? Who gave these new media companies the right to invade our privacy without our permission or knowledge and then secretly store the data until they can figure out how to profit from it in the future?

41. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

No one, obviously … and as a direct result of their arrogant behavior, both Google and Facebook now face the possibility of eventual showdowns with regulators, the biggest to hit Silicon Valley since the US government went after Microsoft more than a decade ago. Their constant privacy controversies have also caused politicians to begin taking notice. Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, for example, who is in charge of a subcommittee on privacy, noted in a recent speech that companies such as Google and Facebook accumulated data on users because “it’s their whole business model. And you are not their client; you are their product.” Small wonder that Google co-founder Larry Page is feeling “paranoid”, as the Associated Press recently reported. Why? As I detail in my new book Friends, Followers and the Future: How Social Media are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands and Killing Traditional Media, as the new “contextual web” takes the place of the data-driven web of the early 21st century, it will mean further bad news for Google — even though the company still sold $36.5 billion in advertising last year. Couple Google’s paranoia about Facebook and the evident failure of its latest social network, Google Plus, with its problems about privacy, trust and anti-trust, and it’s no surprise that executives are feeling paranoid. After all, they are facing the very real prospect of waging a defensive war on many fronts — social, privacy, and trust — simultaneously. Despite its incredible reach, power and profit, it’s a war that Google — the 21st century equivalent of the still-powerful but increasingly irrelevant Microsoft — may well be destined to lose, along with the trust its users have long extended to one of the world’s most powerful brands.

43. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

After not reading your post I'm grateful that I have a life.

46. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Even my ass can post shorter comments -_-

48. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, you sir have an ass to be proud of that's for sure.

55. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Yes, I am proud of my ass. I consider it my beautiful daughter:P

61. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I stopped at Google is Evil hahaha

44. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

No body is perfect. Give me a perfect candidate please. And really expect us to read all of that? LOL!

65. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Alik: Firstly, that's not what's going here. Secondly, it's called advertising, and the world would be at a standstill without it.

2. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

The viruses says otherwise.

4. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Yeah, when you download and install them yourself.

5. You_Dont_Say

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

Can you blame him? He's living it up, as he username suggests.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Exactly, I've never gotten any viruses or malware From years of pirating stuff on Windows, jailbreaking my iPod Touch 4, and now root/xposed mods my Nexus 5

23. Sauce5 unregistered

Thats the metric? "..when you download and install them yourself."? Really lol? There is no reason why Google should allow as many viruses to get through at the rate they do, as well as Apple with the few malware scams or the iCloud hack happen with the words they tote around and the bragging they do, even though it really is a heck of a lot safer and secure than Android. Stating a metric that is solely blamed on DIY excuses is ignorant.

27. Awalker

Posts: 1981; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I download and install apks all the time and I use alternative app stores once in a while. I know the risks and I take them.

54. AlikMalix unregistered

"Yeah, when you download and install them yourself." ... isn't that the same as saying "You're holding it wrong"?

75. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I admit, it does sound douchy like that. Yeah, it is the same if you are actually holding it wrong. If you hold your phone with 2 fingernail tips and it drops, you're inviting the unfortunate event to happen. Now if you find yourself going to the settings, enable apk installations, and go install random apks that you can't be sure they're safe, you are taking the risk. Android devices warn you about that when you enable the ability of installing apks. But for example, if "you're holding it wrong" refers to the case of "Hey we poorly designed our phone and put the antenna where we shouldn't have so don't hold your phone comfortably because it's gonna block the signal", no that's not the same.

76. AlikMalix unregistered

Valid points. +1

13. willard12 unregistered

You forgot to include the link to your $1.99 anti-virus app.

34. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Must you TROLL every Android/Google article? Stick with your dying OS that no one wants. Jealousy sure does make some bitter.

62. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

There are no viruses on Android, only malware. A virus infects the system and tries to infect other apps too. Remove the app and the malware is gone. People need to get their facts straight.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

For those who want to argue that iOS is safer than Android... Maybe it's true, maybe it's not, but running iOS is like riding a bike with training wheels on it, or like Navi from the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time... if you know what you're doing, it's unnecessary hand holding. A competent individual can operate an Android device without ever worrying about viruses, where as an incompetent person could just as easily get a virus on an iPhone as on any other mobile OS.

9. You_Dont_Say

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

If I'm not mistaking, you are the first person to bring up iOS here. Oh wait.... I get it. Let's start an iOS vs. Android debate! I'll grab my popcorn. iSheep vs. Fandroids Security Edition

11. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Awesome! What do I win!?!?

18. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Pure Awesomeness:P

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