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Two-thirds of Android malware comes through Google Play — how to stay secure

Google’s official Play Store is the largest distributor of malicious Android apps, yet still one of the safest places to download apps, according to new research from U.S. antivirus firm NortonLifeLock (formerly Symantec) and the IMDEA Software Institute in Madrid, Spain.

After investigating 7.9 million apps installed on 12 million Android products across four months in 2019, security researchers discovered that “between 10% and 24%” of Android devices running Norton or Symantec antivirus software encountered at least one malicious app, if you consider adware as malicious.

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