Google Web-Based Android Market Increases Potential Risk, Security Researchers Warn

08 Feb 2011, By Brian Prince

A new Web-based app store that allows Android users to remotely download apps to their phone increases the potential fallout of a compromised Google account, security experts say.

Some security vendors are raising the question whether the browser-based version of the Google Android market could open up opportunities for attackers.

Google recently launched a new version of the market that allows a device owner to search for, buy and install applications on their mobile device remotely over the Web from a desktop computer. To do this, all the user needs to do is log in to their Google account.

While the capability was meant as a nod to user convenience, some warn that the functionality increases the potential fallout if someone’s Google account is compromised.

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