Despite the constant concerns, Google shows just how safe — and safer — Android is in the Android Security State of the Union 2014.
The Android Security State of the Union for 2014 provides an in-depth look into the security of the Android platform, analyzing billions of data points that are gathered daily to take a deeper look at what is really happening behind the scenes. Google takes security very seriously, and they know that they are not perfect. This year we have already seen stricter measures put in place for the app review process, and we will likely see more.
Some of the key takeaways from the report are:
- Over 1 billion devices are protected with Google Play which conducts 200 million security scans of devices per day.
- Fewer than 1% of Android devices had a Potentially Harmful App (PHA, i.e. malware) installed in 2014. Fewer than 0.15% of devices that only install from Google Play had a PHA installed.
- The overall worldwide rate of PHA installs decreased by nearly 50% between Q1 and Q4 2014.
- SafetyNet checks over 400 million connections per day for potential SSL issues.
- Android and Android partners responded to 79 externally reported security issues, and over 25,000 applications in Google Play were updated following security notifications from Google Play.
If you want to read all the details of the report, which is quite lengthy, you can do so here. Security is very important, and Google continues to push forward to make Android as safe and secure as they can.
Source: Google Online Security