Google has employed a new security mechanism called ‘Bouncer’ to show malicious applications the door from the Android Market.
The service automatically scans apps, both new and existing, for Trojans and spyware and compares them against those previously found guilty of harbouring harmful content. It even simulates apps on Google’s cloud servers to ensure they function how they are supposed to.
Additionally, it regularly checks developer accounts for suspicious behaviour and gives repeat offenders the boot.
According to the Big G, the system has been trialled for the past year and has decreased malware by 40 per cent. A full-scale implementation is expected to improve Android’s security considerably amid growing concerns that the platform is far too open for its own good.
"Bouncer [provides] automated scanning of Android Market for potentially malicious software without disrupting the user experience of Android Market or requiring developers to go through an application approval process," said Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google's VP of engineering for Android.
"While it's not possible to prevent bad people from building malware, the most important measurement is whether those bad applications are being installed from Android Market—and we know the rate is declining significantly.”
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