At the moment there is no evidence of an imminent launch and everything remains good intentions, so we'll have to wait and see when the pilot programme starts.
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Google is implementing a pilot program to strengthen fraud protection on Android phones through Google Play Protect. Despite improvements made last year to enhance the security of app downloads by real-time scanning through Play Protect, Google notes that scammers use social engineering tactics to persuade Android users and bypass these security measures.
The company has observed that cybercriminals resort to tactics to convince users to disable security measures, ignore warnings, and expose themselves to financial and privacy risks. Google reveals that 95% of malware installations on Android phones come from sideloaded sources on the internet.
A system designed to prevent fraud
In partnership with the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA), Google will launch a pilot program in Singapore to test a new anti-fraud system. This system will automatically analyze and block the installation of applications attempting to abuse sensitive runtime permissions for financial fraud. During the pilot, applications requesting four specific permissions – RECEIVE_SMS, READ_SMS, BIND_Notifications, and Accessibility – will be blocked.
The pilot program aims to assess the effectiveness of the anti-fraud system before broader implementation. Google has not provided information on the duration of the pilot program or when it will be available for Android phone users in other markets.
Note: This content has been translated with an artificial intelligence tool, so the translation may be slightly inaccurate. The original version written by our editor is the the Spanish version