Google Play Protect has erroneously identified 70 apps as potentially malicious out of nearly 10,000 safe programs.
Android’s built-in Google Play Protect anti- malware system has not passed AV-TEST testing . The system was able to detect approximately two-thirds of the 20,000 malicious applications it encountered.
According to AV-TEST, Google’s mobile threat defense was ranked last of 15 Android security solutions tested in six months between January and June 2021. According to experts, “the endurance test showed that the service does not provide particularly good security, as every second security solution offers better protection than Google Play Protect.”
During a five-month test, Google Play Protect detected about two-thirds of the nearly 20,000 malicious applications that experts used in three rounds of tests. In each round of testing, the security solution was tested against more than 3,000 malware samples (detected in the last 24 hours) and a benchmark set of more than 3,000 other samples (detected in the last month).
“Only 5 apps detected all malware 100% of the time in the real-time test and the benchmark test. In last place, Google Play Protect detected only 68.8% of malware in the real-time test and 76.6% in the benchmark test, ”AV-TEST noted.
Of all the mobile security applications tested, only Bitdefender, G DATA, McAfee, NortonLifeLock, and Trend Micro demonstrated the highest detection rate (100%).
In addition, Google Play Protect has erroneously identified 70 applications as potentially malicious out of nearly 10,000 safe programs installed by AV-TEST from the Google Play Store and third-party Android app stores.
Last year, Google Play Protect also ranked last in test scores, detecting only 37% of 3.3K new malware and 33.1% of a benchmark set of 3.3K malware (identified four weeks prior to testing). …
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