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Rolling out to all phones and tablets running Android 2.3+ is an update to the Verify Apps feature that will now continuously check apps for malicious activity, keeping your Android device even safer. The feature is being introduced through the Play Store rather than a system update, meaning that it won’t be delayed by carriers.

Previously, the Verify Apps feature only scanned apps that were being installed from sources other than the Play Store, and once they were installed, they were past any malware checks. Now, Android will continuously monitor the behavior of apps and alert you if any of them are acting maliciously.

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This can’t save you from pointless apps masquerading as anti-virus apps This Android Malware Placebo Earned $40,000 This Android Malware Placebo Earned $40,000 Malware protection for $4, with no battery impact and no subscription fee – offered in app taking up less than one megabyte of space on your phone. It sounds too good to be true. It... Read More , but it can help the Android ecosystem to be a more secure one. While it’s rare that malware sneaks into the Google Play Store, it does happen, and users are even more at risk if downloading apps outside the Play Store Cracked Android Apps and Games: Read This Before Downloading Cracked Android Apps and Games: Read This Before Downloading The statistics don't lie: Most Android malware comes from outside Google Play. Downloading cracked apps -- or any type of app -- from a shady website or untrustworthy third-party app store is the way most... Read More . With this update, Google is actually making it safer to use apps not from their own store.

Still, it’s hard for Google to check for and identify every malicious app in existence. Do you think your device has been infected with malware despite this update? Don’t worry, there are ways to check for it and get rid of it Has Your Android Phone Been Infected with Malware? Has Your Android Phone Been Infected with Malware? How does malware get on an Android device? After all, most users only install apps through the Play Store, and Google keeps a tight watch over that to make sure malware doesn't squeeze through, right?... Read More , then be sure to use an antivirus app The 3 Best Antivirus Apps To Protect Your Android Security The 3 Best Antivirus Apps To Protect Your Android Security As we’ve reported frequently at MakeUseOf, Android is no longer safe from malware. The number of threats is on the rise. This shouldn’t be surprise to anyone. Smartphones and tablets can carry all sorts of... Read More in the future.

Do you think Google is doing enough to combat malware on Android? Is this update a welcome addition to your device? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Nahla D
    May 12, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Seriously, they should have done this ages ago. Even better, they should have been monitoring the apps in their store in the first place.

    • Justin D
      May 12, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      yeah, earlier would've been better; but better late than never. :) Plus, the whole concept behind their store is that its open and free for anyone to upload whatever they want. Apps that are uploaded are checked for known viruses and malware and the like, but automated checks can't find anything. They could wall it off like Apple's App Store, but that kind of goes against the whole "open" philosophy that separates Android from iOS.

    • Nahla D
      May 15, 2014 at 7:09 am

      I guess you could say that. Oh, don't get me wrong, I'm open to that kind of policy, but the thing is I think they still need that kind of security using active moderators. Heck, the Play Store is quite a mess. A lot of apps require unnecessary permissions to run (like reading or controlling your messages or contacts!). What does Google do about that?

  2. Bob Dobalina
    May 9, 2014 at 10:01 am

    How to update?

    • Justin D
      May 12, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      don't worry, it will automatically update!

  3. Prabhath K
    May 7, 2014 at 5:37 am

    How to update?

    • Justin D
      May 9, 2014 at 12:28 am

      It will happen automatically as long as you have apps set to auto-update. :)

  4. Harsh
    May 3, 2014 at 12:39 am

    How to update?

    • Justin D
      May 9, 2014 at 12:24 am

      It will happen automatically as long as you have apps set to auto-update. :)

  5. Ame
    April 22, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Where is this hiding in Google Play?

    • Justin D
      May 9, 2014 at 12:23 am

      Sorry, I should've been clearer. You don't need to go into the Play Store and download anything. The Play Store automatically updates itself in the background, and this new feature is a part of that update. :)

  6. Middle Man
    April 13, 2014 at 9:14 am

    I consider Android itself as malware. It's a constant struggle to avoid having my private data clouded to evilHQ. App ops was a godsend -- until they disabled it.
    I may roll-back to Jellybean, just to reinstate that feature.

    • Ankit
      April 13, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Well said !

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