Google Launches Its Bug Bounty Program

Although Android currently holds the largest market share of mobile operating system, users often faced with problems as problems related to apps have become a major issue over last several months. In order to prevent negative experiences from the applications downloaded from the Play Store, Google has introduced a bug bounty program for third party applications.

While the bug bounty program isn’t something new, the program comes with an added cost which might be difficult for developers. As a result, google wants to help developers to discover bugs in their applications with its Google Play Security Reward Program. The official page reads. “Google Play is working with the independent bug bounty platform, HackerOne, and the developers of popular Android apps to implement the Google Play Security Reward Program. Developers of popular Android apps are invited to opt-in to the program, which will incentivize security research in a bug bounty model. The goal of the program is to further improve app security which will benefit developers, Android users, and the entire Google Play ecosystem.”

However, as of now, the reward program is invitation only program which is understandable given the amount of developers in the platform. Despite that, more applications are likely to be added to the reward program in the coming days.

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