Android security has been in question almost since the system started. Two are the details that increase the risk in the main way: Android popularity with millions of devices in circulation, and the ability to install applications that do not pass any filter from the Google Play Store. It is true that also in the Android store there is malware, but this was reduced to more than half compared to 2015.

2016 has been an important year in terms of security. And Google has analyzed it thoroughly presenting the data in a comprehensive report. Our system is still at risk, but this is reduced if we only use the official store to download applications. Google gives very concrete figures.

Only 0.05% of app installs were somewhat risky

It seems a minimal percentage, but the truth is that it is quite high if we look at the number of downloads recorded by Google Play during 2016: 273.750 million. Verify Apps, the system that monitors security in our Android for each installation, recorded 750 million installations per day.

Of the risks encountered, the specific number of threats was:

  • Trojans, 0.016%.
  • Malware downloading other applications, 0.003%.
  • Backdoors or rear doors, 0.003%.
  • Phising apps, 0.0018%.

Monthly security updates, the pending issue

The security updates that Google releases every month to devices with Android are the first line of defense against malicious software, but they have also become a headache for the company.

From more than 670 million Android devices distributed throughout the world during 2016, only half of the 50 best-sellers received timely security updates: imagine how the rest will go.


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