Google has released its fifth Android Security & Privacy Year in Review, this time looking back in 201
The report shows that payouts made through Google reward programs – payments to external researchers and individuals to bring security issues to the company's attention – reached $ 3 million in 2018. Google also reported in the fourth quarter of the year 84 percent more units received a security update than in the same quarter of 2017.
There is much information to digest from the report, but General sense is that the security of the Android platform has improved – even though it really is Google's own Pixel – Units that enjoy the best security. One of the standout statistics that Google focuses on in the report is the way Google Play Protect has helped cut down on malicious software and potentially harmful applications:
By 2018, only 0.08 percent of devices who only used Google Play. for app downloads was hit by PHAs. In contrast, devices that installed apps from outside of Google Play were affected by PHA & # 39; eight times more often. Compared to the previous year, even these devices experienced a 15 percent reduction in malware due to monitoring Google Play Protect.
Check out the video below, where Dave Kleidermacher, vice president of Android Security & Privacy, talks about some of the highlights of this year's report:
If you like To read the entire report, you can find it here.