Google Play Protect “flunked” the test for the protection of Android-devices

Google Play Protect is designed to block malware, is currently installed on more than 2.5 billion Android devices. To test his “strength” came from an independent company for evaluation antivirus software AV-Test. The test results were far from expected.

In the test program included three different methods for assessing the primary tool to protect Android from installing fraudulent software from Google Play, reports Techradar.

To determine the capabilities of the popular service attracted about 6,700 different malicious applications. In addition to the Play Protect, comparative testing was performed and anti-virus products of other developers: Avira, Bitdefender, G Data, Kaspersky, NortonLifeLock, SK Telecom and Trend Micro.

Test results

By results of check tool Google security scored 6 points out of 18 possible. It turned out that the suspicious new programs that appeared within the last 24 hours, the service found only in 37% of cases. From malicious apps that were in the shop more than four weeks, “caught” only 33%, there were 30 false positives. Specialized programs have demonstrated the effectiveness of close to 100%.

Owners of Android-devices do not rely only on Play Protect. Since its detection rates have demonstrated relatively poor results. It is strongly recommended to use third-party applications for security,
– said the researchers of AV-Test.

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