Recently we all have seen many reports and statistics claiming the alarming number of Malware codes in Apps available from the Android Market. While the numbers are often inflated by Security companies in order to boost their sales, Google being on the precautionary side have added a new security measure named Bouncer to check malware apps from the Android Market.
Currently Google has three security measure’s to check any malicious activity by any App. These three measures are sandboxing, permissions, and malware removal.
Sandboxing , in Android Apps means packing the whole app separately without any access to other apps or data. Permissions, are also very handy but for novice users and beginners this may not be such effective as they do not know what are the required permissions and its effects. Malware Removal has till now been very effective by Google which has removed thousands of Apps from the Android Market once the company becomes aware of its malicious activities. But due to the volume and the huge number of Apps its even difficult for Google to keep the Android Market completely malware free.
Now with the introduction of Bouncer, Google has taken one more step to keep the Android platform as secure as possible. So what does bouncer do exactly ??… Well Bouncer acts in two stages. In the first stage it searches for Malware codes in any App and when it gets a malicious App it is then removed in the next stage which is manual removal from the Android Market.
Google has for a long time scanned all Apps from the Android Market for malicious codes and has acquired a large database of codes. If any App is having any malicious codes inside it will be automatically detected by bouncer and than notified to the Google officials who will scan it and remove it manually.
As Android is free and open market the Apps can loaded without any time lag unlike the iOS App Store. This surely increases the risk of getting malwares but Google is taking slow and steady steps to tackle this problem. Google has reduced the downloads of malicious apps are down 40 percent between the first and second half of 2011.
Getting registered as an Android Developer is very easy. All it takes is a couple of minutes and $25 to become one and hence developers are not scared to add any malicious codes to their Apps. The total loss of being detected of spreading malicious apps way much less than the revenue that can be earned by publishing it.
Now Google will be “analyzing new developer accounts to help prevent malicious and repeat-offending developers from coming back.” When submitting an App it will surely be available in Searches within minutes but the Bouncer scan takes only seconds and will immediately notice any codes.