Feb 2nd, 2012

Malware in the Android market has become a bit of an issue in recent months with a new potential scare that might be affecting millions of users. It seems we can’t go more than 2-3 weeks without hearing of new malware in the Android market.

Google already takes action against these malicious applications by removing them from the Android market, from users’ phones and banning the developer but that’s not enough, apparently. Google’s introducing “Bouncer,” a tool that will automate a scan for suspicious code in every single application that is uploaded to the market.

The tool works in just a few seconds and doesn’t delay the submission process for developers whose code is clean. Developers also need not worry about their app being accidentally removed from the market. If Bouncer flags your application, Google has to manually investigate the application and determine whether or not it’s malicious.

It’s a great measure and an important maturity step for the Android market. Google also reminded us that several security measures are in place to ensure that the Android market’s integrity is upheld. Take a look below and head to their blog for more information. As for those downloading applications elsewhere, well, you’ll just have to be a bit more careful about what you’re downloading.

  • Sandboxing: The Android platform uses a technique called “sandboxing” to put virtual walls between applications and other software on the device. So, if you download a malicious application, it can’t access data on other parts of your phone and its potential harm is drastically limited.
  • Permissions: Android provides a permission system to help you understand the capabilities of the apps you install, and manage your own preferences. That way, if you see a game unnecessarily requests permission to send SMS, for example, you don’t need to install it.
  • Malware removal: Android is designed to prevent malware from modifying the platform or hiding from you, so it can be easily removed if your device is affected. Android Market also has the capability of remotely removing malware from your phone or tablet, if required.

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