Android security has improved greatly since Google Play app store became plagued with malware. With Android 4.4 KitKat, Google will need to fill some gaps. For the past few months, there have been many concerns regarding Google's security. Often, users find third party security providers to ensure safety. For instance, there are apps like McAfee, Kaspersky and Lookout to use. What should Google bump up to make sure its OS remains secure?
Vulnerability to Malefactors
According to a report by Readwrite, Google Play app store has been more at risk to malefactors compared to Apple's iOS. The internet giant still needs to impose a formal evaluation of the apps before the store displays the apps. Apple has one imposed already. Because of the lack of review, the store is at risk of spyware, malware, Trojans and viruses in apps.
There are no definite reports yet about the exact number of people affected by threats in Android apps.
Fortunately, Google already took some steps to beef up their security. The company has created a program called "Bouncer" tracking apps in the store for any malicious conduct. There is also the Android Device Manager to search for stolen or lost phones. It was a long time coming since users have to result to third party providers before to look for their phones.
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean offered additional security measures to the OS. This included an improved Android sandbox intended to protect Android from malicious infiltration. However, the sandboxing features of the OS are indiscernible to developers and users. The feature restricts security companies from employing all of their security measures if they do not fall under Google's perceived solutions.
Whereas Android continues to strengthen their security, they should take care of a number of things.
Antivirus Scanner APIs
Android does not permit a multitude of programs interacting with one another. It pays close attention to those from different developers. Interaction between apps from various developers affects how third party antivirus services protect devices. Third party security providers are unable to layer their services or scanning functions on apps. This prevents them from protecting users from risky downloads and malicious permissions.
Individual App Permissions
When users download a program, Android will inform users what the software can do. It is in the best interest of users to avoid apps asking for numerous permissions. Experts recommend Android provide users individual app permissions. If a person has the control of grant specific permissions selectively then they protect their privacy. So long as Android can avoid disabling the app, then incorporating such feature should be great.
Many users do not have a clue what their apps are running when they are not using it. App permissions can lead to a lot of problems users do not expect. It may be great to have a built-in Sandbox to monitor permissions and app activity.
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