Google Inc has been quietly policing its online store for months now with the new sheriff in town – Bouncer: a security service Google put in place to scan new apps as developers load them onto Market, its applications store.

Bouncer sweeps apps for potentially malicious behavior and also analyzes new developer accounts to prevent “repeat-offenders” from distributing their wares, Google says. Those heightened efforts are paying off, it added.

“While it’s not possible to prevent bad people from building malware, the most important measurement is whether those bad applications are being installed from Android Market – and we know the rate is declining significantly,” Hiroshi Lockheimer, a vice president of engineering at Google’s Android unit, wrote in a blog post Thursday.

Source: Yahoo! News: Software News