Android has had a reputation for being a platform with a lot of malware for most of its life, although that doesn’t seem to be the case now nearly as much now as it used to be. Google’s done a lot of work to fight against malware, using its “Bouncer” scanner and permissions to help protect users. Today Google shared an Android State of the Union to let us know what the state of malware on its platform was at the end of 2014, and it sounds like Google’s doing good work.
Google says that every day, its Google Play store performs 200 million security scans on Android devices, adding that more than 1 million devices in total are being protected. During 2014, Google claims to have cut the install rate of Potentially Harmful Apps (PHA) by almost 50 percent. The number of Android devices that installed a PHA/piece of malware during 2014 was less than one percent, and that number drops to just 0.15 when you focus on devices that only install apps from Google Play.
You don’t really hear complaints of Android being infested with malware like you did years ago, and while opinions on the veracity of those statements may vary, you’ve got to give Google props for all of the effort that it’s put in to fighting malware. And apparently all of that work is paying off, because it sounds like Google is still decreasing the number of overall malware installs.
Has malware ever found its way onto your smartphone or tablet?