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Google Partners With Security Firms To Stop Malicious Apps

Google teams up with mobile security companies to curb malicious apps

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Google has tied up with security firms to curb malicious apps. Pixabay

Google has partnered with mobile security companies ESET, Lookout and Zimperium to stop malicious apps from hitting the Play Store and harming Android users.

The company’s new partnership initiative is called the App Defense Alliance.

“We’re excited to take this collaboration to the next level, announcing a partnership between Google, ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium. It’s called the App Defense Alliance and together, we’re working to stop bad apps before they reach users’ devices,” the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

According to Google, Android is on over 2.5 billion devices and this popularity also makes it an attractive target for abuse.

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The partnership of Google and the mobile security companies has taken the internet by storm. Pixabay

The abuse can take the form of hidden malware or secret code designed to spy and drain away sensitive user data.

“Working closely with our industry partners gives us an opportunity to collaborate with some truly talented researchers in our field and the detection engines they’ve built. This is all with the goal of, together, reducing the risk of app-based malware, identifying new threats, and protecting our users,” the company added.

Additionally, as part of this alliance, the partner firms are integrating Google Play Protect detection systems with each partner’s scanning engines.

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This will generate new app risk intelligence as apps are being queued to publish. The partners will analyse that dataset and act as another vital set of eyes, prior to an app going live on the Play Store. (IANS)

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For U.S. Military Veterans, Apple Providing Health Records On iPhones

The Department of Veterans Affairs runs the largest integrated health care system in the United States, with 9 million veterans enrolled and more than 1,200 facilities.

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Apple providing Health Records to Veterans via iPhones
Apple has been working on partnerships with health care organizations to allow access to health records on its devices, promoting their privacy and security features.

Apple Inc on Wednesday said that U.S. military veterans who use its iOS devices and get medical care from the Veterans Health Administration will be able to access their health records on the devices.

The Department of Veterans Affairs runs the largest integrated health care system in the United States, with 9 million veterans enrolled and more than 1,200 facilities. Apple began working with the department this summer to allow access to health records from the system on iPhones and other Apple mobile devices running its iOS operating system.

Apple has been working on partnerships with health care organizations to allow access to health records on its devices, promoting their privacy and security features. Data stored in the health app on iPhones is encrypted in such a way that Apple cannot read the data, even if the data is backed up to Apple’s iCloud service.

Apple has also worked out similar health record access arrangements with about 400 groups in the health care industry, including Johns Hopkins, the University of California San Diego, Quest Diagnostics and Allscripts, the company said. Apple’s system allows the user to access records from all of those providers in one place on their device. (VOA)