Google Highlights Android Security In '2017 Year In Review'

Google is highlighting Android security in its '2017 Year in Review' which it just released earlier today. Though there are many different factors that go into making Android a secure platform for users across both the consumer and enterprise segments, Google has sought to point out some of the most key factors in what now helps Android to be a secure platform for everyone.

Google Play Protect for example is one of those key factors, and is a measure that Google added to the platform last year to help identify apps in the Play Store which may pose a security risk to users. Now, when users go to their my apps page the very top will show if the system has found any security risks in the apps which have been installed. Obviously the idea is to help prevent users from coming into contact with apps that are deemed harmful, and machine learning has a lot to do with how well Google Play Protect has worked up to this point. As noted by Google, the machine learning technology used is responsible for finding 60.3-percent of the potentially harmful apps which have already been discovered, and Google things that number is guaranteed to keep going up.

Naturally, security updates are also a big part of keeping the Android platform as secure as it possibly can be at this point in time. Google has gotten a lot at better at updating Android devices with new security fixes via monthly patches, working with manufacturers to make it happen on a monthly basis and keep it coming at a consistent rate. According to Google, 30-percent more people in 2017 received security updates than in the year prior, which seems to be a pretty big leap in the scheme of things.  Android Oreo has helped too with the security features that were introduced along with that version of software, including features like dropping insecure network protocols. It's clear that Android's security has come a long way, and Google is just as dedicated as ever to improving it even more.

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