On Thursday Google revealed a security service it developed, called Bouncer, which provides automated scanning of the Android Market for potentially malicious software, according to its website. The service works without disrupting the user experience or requiring developers to go through an application approval process.
With over 11 billion downloads of apps from the Android Market, Google’s new security feature is a welcome tool to combat scammers.
Just how does the service work? Google explains in its blog:
Once an application is uploaded, the service immediately starts analyzing it for known malware, spyware and trojans. It also looks for behaviors that indicate an application might be misbehaving, and compares it against previously analyzed apps to detect possible red flags. We actually run every application on Google’s cloud infrastructure and simulate how it will run on an Android device to look for hidden, malicious behavior. We also analyze new developer accounts to help prevent malicious and repeat-offending developers from coming back.