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Some of the efforts Google has made over the past few years to bolster the security of Android app users as well as the mobile apps available on its Google Play store are starting to work, according to the tech giant. The company, which historically has struggled mightily to keep bad apps and malware off its online store for Android apps, outlined some achievements regarding initiatives it’s taken over the previous several years to protect users. “Over the last few years we’ve made the trust and safety of Google Play a top priority, and have continued our investments and improvements in our abuse detection systems, policies, and teams to fight against bad apps and malicious actors,” Andrew Ahn, Product Manager, Google Play and Android App Safety, wrote in a blog post this week. In what’s possibly the most important achievement, improved vetting mechanisms to keep bad apps off the store appear to be having some effect, he said. More than 790,000 apps that violate Google’s policies for app submission were stopped last year before they were ever published, Ahn wrote in the post. This effort is probably the most important for Google, as bad apps and malware has persisted on the Android app store since its inception. As recently as last month, Google said it removed 17,000 Android apps to date from the Play store that have been conduits for the Joker malware (a.k.a. Bread), noting that its operators have used “just about every cloaking and obfuscation technique under the sun in…

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