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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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