Offline Android apps get new security check

How do Android users know whether an app is genuine?

Currently, the best advice is to study the app’s source, but given they can be loaded from three – the Play Store, from a third-party source, or from an offline source – it’s not always as easy to tell as it should be.

Third-party consumer repositories have a poor reputation, so much so that Android disallows downloading from them by default.

Instead, Google recommends people stick to its Play Store, but even here plenty of malicious appsseem able to wriggle through the supposedly ever-higher security wall thrown up by Google’s Play Protect security.

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