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Bouncer- Google’s unique way to prevent malware

The Bouncer service of Android provides automatic scanning of Android market for malicious software without disrupting the user experience. The features are being discussed in this article.

By: Softweb Solutions
Category: Technology
: Android Application Development
Posted: Feb 20, 2012
Updated: Feb 20, 2012
Views: 220


Google has always retained that the Android market is never affected by Malware, even though it is not immune to it. Recently, it was found out that a technology called 'Bouncer' was used to monitor Android apps for malware. A bouncer has the facility to identify and remove the apps that contains spyware, Trojans and malware.

Bouncer is a tool that automatically scans the applications on the Android App Store/Android Market and in the developer accounts. It constantly checks the apps and removes the application immediately if it finds anything that can potentially harm the users or anything that seems top be suspicious.

As noted by Google, from the time a Bouncer is operating, the malware levels have gone down. Google also claimed that since the second half of the last year, there has been a deduction of 40% in the malicious downloads.

New features and innovations added by Android platform for the purpose of security of applications -

Addition of latest android security layer: Bouncer - a new service developed by Google gives automated scanning of Android market for malicious software. There are some services which perform a set of analysis on new applications which are present in the Android market and developer accounts. Usually when an application is uploaded, the service gets a chance to analyze it for the known spyware, malware and Trojans. There is a process by which we can run all the apps on Google's cloud infrastructure and also simulate that how it will run on an Android gadget to look for malicious behavior.

Decrease in the Android malware downloads: There has been 40% decrease in the number of potentially malicious downloads from the Android market. This drop is actually seen at the time when anti-malware and security software selling companies claim that malicious applications are on rise.

Less potency factor: In order to use new services to avoid malware, Android was designed from the start to make the mobile malware less troublesome. As far as PC model is concerned, malware has got a lot of possibility to misuse your information. Following are the core security features of Android:

  • Sand boxing: There is a technique called 'sandboxing' on the Android platform which puts virtual walls between application and other software. Hence, in case you download a malicious application, it can't access to the data on other parts of your phone.
  • Removing the malware: Android has been designed in a way that malware can be removed easily from your device if it is affecting your device... In Android market, there is a possibility of remotely removing the malware out of the tablet or phone, if required.
  • Permissions: A Permission system provided by Android is for helping the users understand the capabilities of the apps that are installed by you and then manage your own preferences.
Looking at the features of Android for Security, we can say that Android is getting day by day in detecting and eliminating malware.

We have experienced team of Android application developers for delivering ideal Android based solutions. You can contact us at info@softwebsolutions.com if you have a customized requirement of Android application development.

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