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New Keystore features keep your slice of Android Pie a little safer

Posted by Brian Claire Young and Shawn Willden, Android Security; and Frank Salim, Google Pay New Android Pie Keystore Features The Android Keystore provides application developers with a set of cryptographic tools that are designed to secure their users’ data. Keystore moves the cryptographic primitives available in software libraries out […]

Combating Potentially Harmful Applications with Machine Learning at Google: Datasets and Models

Posted by Mo Yu, Android Security & Privacy Team In a previous blog post, we talked about using machine learning to combat Potentially Harmful Applications (PHAs). This blog post covers how Google uses machine learning techniques to detect and classify PHAs. We’ll discuss the challenges in the PHA detection space, […]

Android Protected Confirmation: Taking transaction security to the next level

Posted by Janis Danisevskis, Information Security Engineer, Android Security In Android Pie, we introduced Android Protected Confirmation, the first major mobile OS API that leverages a hardware protected user interface (Trusted UI) to perform critical transactions completely outside the main mobile operating system. This Trusted UI protects the choices you […]

Control Flow Integrity in the Android kernel

Posted by Sami Tolvanen, Staff Software Engineer, Android Security Android’s security model is enforced by the Linux kernel, which makes it a tempting target for attackers. We have put a lot of effort into hardening the kernel in previous Android releases and in Android 9, we continued this work by […]

Android and Google Play Security Rewards Programs surpass $3M in payouts

Posted by Jason Woloz and Mayank Jain, Android Security & Privacy Team Our Android and Play security reward programs help us work with top researchers from around the world to improve Android ecosystem security every day. Thank you to all the amazing researchers who submitted vulnerability reports. Android Security Rewards […]

Better Biometrics in Android P

Posted by Vishwath Mohan, Security Engineer To keep users safe, most apps and devices have an authentication mechanism, or a way to prove that you’re you. These mechanisms fall into three categories: knowledge factors, possession factors, and biometric factors. Knowledge factors ask for something you know (like a PIN or […]

Keeping 2 billion Android devices safe with machine learning

Posted by Sai Deep Tetali, Software Engineer, Google Play Protect At Google I/O 2017, we introduced Google Play Protect, our comprehensive set of security services for Android. While the name is new, the smarts powering Play Protect have protected Android users for years. Google Play Protect’s suite of mobile threat […]

Protecting WebView with Safe Browsing

Posted by Nate Fischer, Software Engineer Since 2007, Google Safe Browsing has been protecting users across the web from phishing and malware attacks. It protects over three billion devices from an increasing number of threats, now also including unwanted software across desktop and mobile platforms. Today, we’re announcing that Google […]