cracked down on security with the launch of Play Protect and other new defense
mechanisms while a report has been released which shows iOS malware growth
outpacing that of Android.
months Google has been ramping up its security, after the Google Docs phishing
attack. This started back in May with the implementation of machine learning to
improve the detection of phishing messages – and the company now estimates it
can block spam and malicious content with a 99.9 percent accuracy.
security controls to G Suite, in June, which enables admins to block employees
from accessing untrustworthy apps. The phishing attack was caused by a bogus
app using a Google sign-in, so this feature helps to ensure admins can vet
Also, Google has
added a new warning screen for apps from developers which are yet to go through
verification, earlier this week. You can still choose to continue, at your own
risk, but you’ll be prompted with a warning message and must type “continue” in
the field to help ensure the user has read the prompt and hasn’t just clicked
‘ok’ to get rid of the message (against our better judgement, most of us have
probably done it at some point!)
committed to fostering a healthy ecosystem for both users and developers,"
wrote Google's Naveen Agarwal and Wesley Chun in a blog post. "These new
notices will inform users automatically if they may be at risk, enabling them
to make informed decisions to keep their information safe, and will make it
easier to test and develop apps for developers."
company is putting its focus on Android security with the roll-out of Play
Protect to all devices running Google Play Services 11 and up. All of the apps
downloaded from the Play Store will be scanned to detect anything malicious and
will be removed or blocked on the device. Of course, if the user is
side-loading apps outside the official store, they still run a higher risk of being
hit by a form of malware.
The growth of
malware targeting iOS has tripled and now outpaces Android which remained
largely flat over the past couple of quarters. The research was conducted by mobile
security company Skycure.
used on one of the more popular devices and that is where hackers are focusing
and that is where the money is. A more affluent community tends to use the
iPhone." The Vice President of Marketing at Skycure, Varun Kohli said.
iOS still has
the same level of risk as Android and has some way to go before it, but it’s
good to see Google being more proactive about the security issue on its
platform. Hopefully, the rapidly growing threat to iOS will ensure Apple
doesn’t become complacent.
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