Google Starts Blocking Sideloading of Potentially Dangerous Android Apps in Singapore

A new trial program from Google has been announced for Singapore, to stop users from sideloading specific apps that misuse Android app permissions to read one-time passwords and collect private information.

When the user tries to install the app from an Internet-sideloading source (web browsers, messaging apps, or file managers), this enhanced fraud protection will analyze and automatically block the installation of apps that may use sensitive runtime permissions that are frequently abused for financial fraud,” the company said.

This feature looks for apps that attempt to obtain sensitive permissions related to reading SMS messages, understanding or dismissing notifications from legitimate apps, and accessibility services that are frequently exploited by malware based on Android to steal important data read more Google Starts Blocking Sideloading of Potentially Dangerous Android Apps in Singapore.

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