What is Google Play Protect?
Google has come up with a brand new attempt at improving the security of the Android app by launching Google Play Protect. As we all know, Android is always at greater risk than iOS when malware problems are considered. This malware problem had even managed to enter Google Play Store. Although, Google tries its best to protect the Play Store by keeping away malicious Android apps away but sometimes it’s difficult to recognize until notified by the third-party malware researchers.
Users often don’t pay attention to the anti-malware features available like ‘Verify apps’ provided by Google Play Services. Verify app feature helps in scanning dangerous behavior which prevents the user from installing harmful apps along with removing the malicious apps. Google Play Protect will further help in giving greater visibility for their device security. Google’s machine learning has aided this app which is technically trained to search harmful apps by scanning 50 billion apps per day.
From now onwards, apps will be analyzed before they appear on the Google Play Store. Google Play Protect will run automatically in the background and look out for any misbehavior. Google is also planning to make Find My Device a part of Google Play Protect. The product manager at Android security, Edward Cunningham, said,
“With more than 50 billion apps scanned every day, our machine learning systems are always on the lookout for new risks, identifying potentially harmful apps and keeping them off your device or removing them. All Google Play apps go through a rigorous security analysis even before they’re published on the Play Store. We know you want to be confident that your Android devices are safe and secure. Play Protect warns you about bad apps that are downloaded from other sources too. Play Protect watches out for any app that might step out of line on your device, keeping you and every other Android user safe.”
How can you get Google Play Protect?
Google Play Protect is a part of the Play Store itself. So, as soon as the app gets an update, you’ll get access to the Play Protect. However, Google might take a few days to update so that the Play Protect gets added to your Play Store. Once, it gets added, you just need to open the Play app on your phone, go on the left-hand side menu and from the menu, select Protect.