Google will teach Google Play to warn about dangerous applications
Even if you are the most careful person in the world, there is no guarantee that you will not accidentally install a malicious application on your smartphone. It will not necessarily be a virus spyware that will track all your actions and movements, and then steal data from your bank account and wipe it to zero. It is possible that the application itself will be quite safe, but at the same time it may initiate the installation of additional components that may be dangerous for your security. With them, Google plans to start fighting. Almost.
The developers from the XDA team analyzed the new version of Google Play and found in its code a mention of a mechanism that will warn that applications may be downloading other components or programs. Obviously, in this way Google wants to protect users from installing potentially dangerous software that can harm the device, steal data from its memory, or cause other previously installed software to deteriorate.
Android has had a similar mechanism in the past to keep users safe. True, he did not take active steps to detect malware, but simply blocked the installation of any applications from any sources other than Google Play. If desired, it could always be turned off in the smartphone settings, but now the need for a similar mechanism has appeared in Google Play.
How to identify a malicious application
Sounds great, doesn’t it? Now Google Play will automatically detect potentially dangerous applications and warn you that installing them can be fraught with negative consequences for you. But don’t you see the contradiction in this? Google boasts so much that Google Play Protect’s algorithms are so effective at detecting virus software that they don’t even need the help of a live person. However, it now appears that Google leaves the decision on the danger of the application to the discretion of users.
It turns out that in this way Google signs for its inability to distinguish malware, and therefore decides to start stigmatizing all applications that even slightly fall under this definition. Another thing is that algorithms cannot understand whether an application is really dangerous. But, since the user is warned about potential risks, bribes are also smooth with Google, which means that you don’t have to bother with hiring specially trained people who would search for malware the way Apple does.
Is Google protecting our data? No matter how
In general, it seems that Google is trying to imitate the protection of users, but in fact it is only concerned with protecting itself and suddenly not remaining extreme. This is clearly seen in the example of how the search giant decided tprohibit ISPs from accessing users’ traffic, ostensibly in order to ensure their safety. However, anyone who knows Google in the slightest degree will be clear that in this way the company simply wants to monopolize the right to access the personal information of customers, depriving everyone else.