Google creates the App Defense Alliance to fight bad apps


Bad apps, they have a tendency to show up on the Playstore and ruin things for a lot of people. Google has been doing its best to go after and remove these bad apps but the fact of the matter is, they still get through. In an effort to get a stronger handle on bad apps, Google has created the App Defense Alliance.

The App Defense Alliance is a partnership between Google, ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium. Together, the partnership is taking aim at the bad actors and the bad apps that they create.

Android has grown over the years and now has over 2.5 billion devices which is why it is for the target of bad actors. Android has the same problems Windows does because it has a large user base bad actors target it.

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Fake apps, adware apps, ransomware apps; they can be found in Apple’s App Store as well as the Google Play store. (image courtesy Bram Koster

Working closely with our industry partners gives us an opportunity to collaborate with some truly talented researchers in our field and the detection engines they’ve built. This is all with the goal of, together, reducing the risk of app-based malware, identifying new threats, and protecting our users.

Our number one goal as partners is to ensure the safety of the Google Play Store, quickly finding potentially harmful applications and stopping them from being published.

As part of this Alliance, we are integrating our Google Play Protect detection systems with each partner’s scanning engines. This will generate new app risk intelligence as apps are being queued to publish. Partners will analyze that dataset and act as another, vital set of eyes prior to an app going live on the Play Store.


It will be interesting to see how effective the App Defense Alliance is and how well the partnership works together.

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Last Updated on February 3, 2021.


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