Backed by the strength of Google, Play Protect brings control to your fingertips while giving guidance along the way. Together, we lay out the ideal security blanket for your mobile device. Consider yourself covered.
Google has released Google Play Protect, a security suite designed to keep your Android safe. Play Protect resides on your handset, scanning your device around the clock. It also scans apps to make sure they’re behaving as they should, and lets you browse Chrome with confidence.
Google has always offered some level of safety and security to Android users. However, it’s now ramping up its efforts in order to protect the hundreds of millions of people who choose Android over iOS. Thus, Google has consolidated Android’s security features into Play Protect.
What Google Play Protect Offers Android Users…
Play Protect scans your device around the clock to make sure you’re safe and secure. It scans the apps you have installed on your device and flags any that are exhibiting unusual behavior. Machine learning helps Google identify problems before they spread out of control.
Play Protect scans billions of apps on the Play Store. Every developer is vetted before they make it onto the Play Store, and any app violating Google’s policies gets suspended. This only applies to Play Store apps, so be very wary of sideloading dodgy apps.
Play Protect lets you browse safely while using Chrome. As long as you use Chrome to surf the web on your Android phone Google promises to keep you safe. If you visit a site that Google thinks is acting out of line it will warn you of the danger before escorting you back to safety.
Google Is Making Android Safer and More Secure
Play Protect is rolling out to Android devices as we speak.
At the core, Google Play Protect is not much different than the ‘Verify Apps’ system that was already in place and protecting devices in the background but now, folks can tap into Settings>Google Settings>Security>Verify Apps then Google Play Protect and get a visual interface of what is happening. The UI lets you know where you can find out more info, how many apps were recently scanned and when the scan took place. Plus, it lets you if everything is fine or if there are any issues.
You can see when Google last scanned your device, and whether any harmful apps were found. You can also disable Play Protection, but we would strongly advise against doing so.
If your phone doesn’t yet have Play Protect, don’t think that your phone is left insecure — but once it does, it’s worth poking around in the (admittedly simple) settings to see what it’s all about. But the most important thing you can do is just keep that “scan device for security threats” toggle turned on. Google can’t catch every malicious app, but it has historically done a pretty great job and now users have a better feeling for what’s happening with app security on their devices.
Do you own an Android? Have you ever been hit by malware? Or installed a misbehaving app? What do you make of Google Play Protect? Do you think it will solve Android’s security issues? Or do Android’s problems run deeper? The comments are open below…