2021 Google is back to clean up malicious apps on Google Play

2021 Google returns to clean up malicious apps on the Play Store

Google recently gave an overview of their efforts to get rid of malicious apps from Google Play specifically for Android.

In a blog post, Google Play Director of Product Management Trust & Safety, Krish Vitaldevara, provided information that Google removed approximately 119,000 app developer accounts last year, and also prevented more than 962,000 apps classified as dangerous from appearing on the Play Store.

Our core efforts around identifying and mitigating bad apps and developers continued to evolve to address new adversarial behaviors and forms of abuse.

2021 Google returns to clean up malicious apps on the Play Store
Google Play Store screenshot (webview)

In essence, Vitaldevara wants to inform Android users around the world that until now Google continues to try to identify and mitigate bad or dangerous applications and developers so they don't continue to wage guerrillas in the 'Google Play Developer Console' which will potentially lead to various abuses.

Google understands that this is a challenge that must be faced even into 2021. Because basically the Google Play Developer Console (a portal for uploading your .apk) itself, can be accessed by everyone without any 'special restrictions'.

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New policy as a preventive measure against the entry of malicious applications on the Play Store

Google is aware that despite its efforts, until now Google Play is not completely empty of malicious apps.

To address these challenges, Google imposed a series of new policies on Google Play to help reduce the entry of malicious apps from irresponsible developers.

google play protect
Google Play Protect

Play Protect as the front line of application security on Google Play still needs to be improved and even Google in its blog said that they are still far from perfect.

There have even been several recent reports that say that the apps on Google Play are infected with malware.

Menurut data dari spesialis keamanan aplikasi seluler ‘Upstream’, satu dari enam perangkat seluler di pasar negara berkembang seperti Brasil, Indonesia, dan Thailand, membawa setidaknya satu aplikasi yang terinfeksi malware.

Lebih menariknya, Upstream juga mencatat bahwa 29% dari aplikasi berbahaya masih bersumber dari Google Play. Artinya disini Google dengan Play Protect-nya masih harus bekerja ekstra untuk menanggapi hal ini.

Namun, laporan tersebut juga mencatat bahwa mekanisme perlindungan Google memaksa para developer nakal dengan aplikasi berbahayanya tersebut menjauh dari platform.

Tapi para developer tidak bertanggung jawab itu seakan tidak jera dan malah menaruh aplikasi milik mereka di toko pihak ketiga, seperti yang kita tahu sejauh ini ada apkpure, aptoide, dll.

Hindari menginstall aplikasi di luar Google Play

Pada pengaturan defaultnya, apabila kamu baru pertama kali ingin menginstall aplikasi dari sumber selain Google Play, maka otomatis HP kamu akan meminta otorisasi untuk hal tersebut.

Permission Install Unknown Apps
Install Unknown Apps Permission

Jangan tergiur dengan aplikasi yang memberikan kamu iming-iming aplikasi MOD atau aplikasi modifikasi yang memberikan kamu akses streaming berbayar secara gratis, misalkan seperti MOD untuk Spotify, Youtube, Netflix, dll.

Banyak bahaya yang mengintai, apabila kamu melakukan hal tersebut. Misal  seperti data-data pribadi/penting kamu yang diam-diam diambil informasinya, kemudian disalahgunakan dan lainnya.

Jadi, apa kamu sering menginstall aplikasi .apk dari luar Google Play, Vicigers? Kalau kalian masih melakukannya sampai sekarang, sebaiknya kalian harus ekstra hati-hati ya, tapi beda hal sih kalau kalian adalah seorang developer yang harus trial error sebuah aplikasi sebelum diluncurkan resmi.

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Muhammad Marie

A tech enthusiast, graduate of S1 Sociology. Not connected? Time? Why connect!

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