ESET joins alliance seeking to proactively protect Google Play store users

ESET has become a founding member of the Google App Defense Alliance to protect the Google Play Store. This a full-fledged and proactive campaign to protect billions of consumers and businesses at the source. The primary goal of the App Defense Alliance is to ensure the safety of the Google Play Store, by identifying any potentially harmful and unwanted apps before they are listed on Google Play.

ESET will provide detection capabilities and improved security for the Android ecosystem and will also spearhead investigations that make the Google Play Store safer. As part of this collaboration, ESET will share with Google its determinations on apps it detects as malicious, potentially harmful or unwanted, prior to the app being published on the Google Play Store. This is good news for the Kenyan online user. ESET is an inaugural member and began its work in the Alliance on November 5, 2019.

ESET which has a heavy presence in East Africa with the region`s headquarter in Nairobi; has gained prominence as a cybersecurity leader in threat research. Over the years, the company has uncovered malicious apps in the Google Play Store  such as the banking trojans, spyware and ransomware. ESET’s research teams will be intimately involved with the analysis of all applications and help to proactively protect the users of the Google Play Store.

“For years, Google has worked extensively with members of the cybersecurity community to protect both businesses and consumers online, and today’s news is the latest example of this collaboration,” said Dave Kleidenmacher, head of Android security and privacy at Google.

“Partnering with a respected member of the cybersecurity industry like ESET will enhance the protection of the Google Play ecosystem, and we look forward to seeing what our teams are able to accomplish together,” he added.

This extraordinary alliance complements the existing partnerships that ESET currently has with Google, including the integration with Chronicle, a division of Google Cloud, and the embedded ESET engine in Google Chrome Cleanup, a security tool that alerts Google Chrome users to potential threats.


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