Google Play Store to offer incognito mode and better device security

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Even though the Google Play Store has had its fair share of

malicious apps
, its security still makes it the safest way to
get new apps on your device. A few upcoming Play Store security
features will soon make this even more true.

According to
XDA Developers
, the Play Store looks like it will be
introducing an incognito mode for private downloads, and it will
remind users to revoke previously allowed sideloading permissions
from other apps. With ever-growing privacy concerns, Google is
trying to provide its users with more privacy-focused features.

A Play Store incognito mode should allow users to browse and
download applications without their data being collected. We
aren’t sure exactly what information will be kept from the Google
Play Store, but any new security measure is always a good
thing.

But the Google Play Store is not the only way to get new apps
onto your Android device. Whether through a third-party
app store
like F-Droid or the Amazon Appstore or by downloading
and installing
APKs
directly from a mobile browser, Android users have several
ways to download new applications.

Also read:
Here’s how Google fought sketchy Play Store apps in
2018

In Android
8
and earlier, users had to enable the ability to universally
download APKs from outside of the Play Store. In Android
9
, Google required the user to enable this for each individual
application. Soon, a new Google Play Store security feature will
build upon that and remind users to revoke those permissions
afterward. This is a big security improvement, as it helps prevent
third-party applications from secretly downloading malicious
software.

We aren’t sure when these security features will be added to
the Play Store, but we expect it will be sooner than later.

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Source: FS – Android
Google Play Store to offer incognito mode and better device security