Google has launched a new pilot program to protect millions of Android users from financial fraud i.e. online fraud. This program has been designed to protect smartphones or other Android devices from financial fraud attacks through Google Play Protect. This program of the tech company will be launched in the coming weeks in collaboration with the Cyber Security Agency (CSA) of Singapore.
Pilot project to be launched in Singapore
Google has shared information about this pilot program through its blogspot. In its blogpost, Google said that we will launch our first pilot project in Singapore while taking forward our partnership with Singapore’s cyber security. Through this program, Android users can be protected from mobile financial fraud.
Fake apps will be automatically blocked
According to the company, with the enhancement of fraud protection, Google Play Protect will automatically block the installation of those apps on the device, which will demand sensitive permissions of the device from the users. Apart from this, any such app will be prevented from being installed on the device, which has been downloaded through internet sideloading from any web browser, messaging app or file manager etc.
There will be a ban on real-time permission
In this pilot program, Google, in collaboration with the security agency, will block those apps and then run commands like RECEIVE_SMS, READ_SMS, BIND_Notifications and Accessibility in real-time as run-time permissions. Google says that these permissions are mainly asked by scammers to steal one-time passwords through SMS or other notifications or screen content.
According to a 2023 Global Anti-Scam Alliance report, 78 percent of mobile users have been victims of online fraud at least once in the last year. At the same time, 45 percent of the users have faced this type of fraud repeatedly. Singapore Cyber Security Agency says that Google continuously makes efforts to improve and secure its platform.
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