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

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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11 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Nice, proactive and protective.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

About time they implemented something like this.

3. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 247; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

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

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Cry me a river?

9. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

5. D79_D79_

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 19, 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

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

7. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

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

10. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

11. LoveHater

Posts: 235; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

Background checking,, hmm, android goona hang more than

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