Google's Android security chief: We're just as secure as our competition is
Of course, making an Android phone secure does require the user to use some common sense. For example, Google says that Android devices that download apps only from the Google Play Store are 9 times less likely to install a Potentially Harmful Application (PHA) than a device that sideloads apps. In addition, Android powered devices that have Google Play services installed are guarded by Google Play Protect, which is a scanning system used to find PHAs on the device itself, in data and embedded inside apps. With this technology, you can also find a lost Android device, have protection from "deceptive websites," and take advantage of "systems that detect and remove PHAs."
Google says that the annual probability of downloading a PHA from Google Play was cut in half from 2016's .04% to last year's .02%. This means that for Android users, the odds of downloading a PHA from Google Play are smaller than the odds of an asteroid hitting the earth. Last year, Google says that daily scanning from Google Play Protect helped remove 39 million PHAs from approximately 1 million devices.
source: Google (PDF)
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