Apps are great. In fact without apps I don’t think Apple or Google’s mobile devices would be as successful as they are – apps make mobile devices come alive. Just like software developers gave us all a reason to buy and use Windows.
The problem has been that apps have the potential to be harbingers of malware and other malicious code. Apple is much more stringent of the apps on its store, then Google has been, until now.
The NY Times Bits points to a blog post by Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s vice president of engineering for Android which reads:
The service performs a set of analyses on new applications, applications already in Android Market, and developer accounts. Here’s how it works: once an application is uploaded, the service immediately starts analyzing it for known malware, spyware and trojans. It also looks for behaviors that indicate an application might be misbehaving, and compares it against previously analyzed apps to detect possible red flags. We actually run every application on Google’s cloud infrastructure and simulate how it will run on an Android device to look for hidden, malicious behavior. We also analyze new developer accounts to help prevent malicious and repeat-offending developers from coming back
It’s been a long time coming but Google’s move to ensure that as users download apps, the apps are not stealing information or wreaking havoc on their phones, is good.
This does NOT mean that you should lose your vigilance in regard to downloading apps. But it does mean that you have more security to help ensure the apps you are downloading are safe and secure!
(Photo credit from the AP)