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Google Play changes bring cautious optimism on Android security

Antone Gonsalves | May 2, 2013
Making app updates available only via the store will improve security on Google's mobile platform, but experts are not sure how much

Most of Android's security problems stem from Google allowing anyone to create their own store for providing apps. "While they are taking a hard stance by not allowing updates outside of Google Play, it really doesn't change the fact that anyone can provide a self-signed certificate for apps they develop, place them on third-party stores and cause just as much havoc," said Daniel Ford, chief security officer for Fixmo.

Until that problem is addressed, Android will remain more vulnerable than Apple's competing iOS plaform. "While this is a step in the right direction, as long as users can download Android apps from unmanaged sources, Android malware will continue to proliferate," said Stacy Crook, an analyst for IDC.


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