While it is safe to say that out of the numerous flaws in Android – that could potentially risk giving away your private information – most if not all of them are invented by security companies and media outlets. The several layers of Android security are often more than enough unless deliberately turned off by the user but there still are quite a few genuine cases.
One of the reasons Android security flaws are exposed to such an extent is because Google is pretty transparent about them. It’s important and interesting to know what’s going on when it comes to things that threaten your privacy and finances through your phone. It’s equally important and interesting to read about the things being done to keep us safer from them.
Over the past two years, Google has pressured developers to patch security issues in more than 275,000 Android apps hosted on its official app store. In many cases this was done under the threat of blocking future updates to the insecure apps. The company says it provided tips and recommendations to over 90,000 developers on how they can fix security flaws in their applications before uploading their apps to Google Play.
Since 2014, Google has been scanning apps published on Google Play for known vulnerabilities as part of its App Security Improvement (ASI) program. So it’s not that Google hasn’t been focussing on Android’s security aspects until now. Yet, Android was found to be the most vulnerable product of last year with 523 vulnerabilities.
In order to help developers even further, the company is introducing a new Android security for developer’s webpage where developers can find information about security issues, relevant articles, support, new issues, past issues, best practices, and a security checklist. “These resources are all aimed at improving your understanding of general security concepts and giving you examples that can help you address app-specific issues,” wrote Rahul Mishra, Android Security program manager, in a post.
Google’s new Security for Android Developers page has a pretty bold statement as it’s tagline:
Our goal is to make Android the safest mobile platform in the world. That’s why we consistently invest in technologies that bolster the security of the platform, its applications, and the global Android ecosystem.
Those are some bold words coming from the maker of Android and we can all only hope that Google manages to make Android the safest platform, and then someday, hopefully, tackles the fragmentation as well.