Android users who download from Google Play are less likely to install potentially harmful apps than those who download from unofficial third-party stores, according to the inaugural edition of Google's quarterly Android Ecosystem Security Transparency Report.

The data published in the online report last Thursday was collected from users who enabled the Google Play Protect anti-mobile malware service that Google introduced last year.

Between March 31, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2018, only 0.05% to 0.11% of these users were infected with at least one potentially harmful app (PHA), provided they only downloaded their apps from the Google Play store.

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