The fault of the malware on your mobile is Google, at least 67%

You always have to double-check the application you are going to install and this also applies to Google Play.

Malware on Android phones is an evil that we have to live with whether we like it or not. Phones under the android operating system have always been in question as to their security, although over the years this aspect has been improving.

The most frustrating part of the matter is that this is a root disease and hardly avoidable for the user, since 67% of the malware on our Android phones comes from Google Play. At least, so says a study by the IMDEA Software Institute.

Google Play: the gateway to malware

Android Malware

Malware on Android mostly enters through Google Play.

In the report on mobile malware by IMDEA it is determined that the large percentage of 67% mentioned above comes from applications installed from the official Google store.

Obviously, it is not the only source of danger, but it is surprising that such a high spectrum comes from the official store of the developer company. Although, in his defense, it should also be indicated that the vast majority of applications are installed from there, specifically 87%.

The other most frequent channels of entry for malicious software are alternative markets, downloads via the web, payment services and other parts of the bloatware that manufacturers add to their terminals, popularly known as bloatware.

It is also surprising that some of the malware on Android devices comes from the restore backups.


Offers on Google Play

Be careful with the applications that we download on our device, even if we are on Google Play.

To determine the results of the study, The researchers analyzed nearly 8 million app installs on 12 million Android smartphones. During the three-month testing period, a quarter of users found at least one potentially dangerous application and, based on this, the percentages were established.

In addition to those already mentioned in reference to Google Play, for example, in the case of alternative application markets are detected in 10% of the cases. This percentage does not seem so high but, really, it is, since only 5.7% of total app downloads come from there.

With respect to bloatware, that's where a 6% of malicious installations.

This study does nothing but reaffirm the care we must take when we decide to install an application. Normally official stores should not be a problem, but we already see that in some cases it can happen. The best recipe is to be very careful and do not immediately trust any developer.