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.
Play Protect helps you find your device if you misplace it. If you lose your phone for any reason, you can locate it again as long as you have Find My Device turned on. You can find it, ring it, lock it, or even erase all of your data off it, all completely remotely.
Google Is Making Android Safer and More Secure
Play Protect is rolling out to Android devices as we speak. Just look under Settings > Security > Verify Apps. 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.
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…