Google has introduced another security defense for its Android devices, called Google Play Protect.
Google Play Protect, which is part of the Google Play Store app, uses machine learning and app usage analysis to weed out the dangerous and malicious apps, which have always been albatross around the tech giant’s neck.
Google Play Protect helps you keep your device safe and secure.
- It runs a safety check on apps from the Google Play Store before you download them.
- It checks your device for potentially harmful apps from other sources. These harmful apps are called malware.
- It warns you about any detected potentially harmful apps found, and removes known harmful apps from your device.
How Google Play Protect works
Google Play Protect continuously works to keep your device, data and apps safe. It actively scans your device and is constantly improving to make sure you have the latest in mobile security. Your device automatically scanned around the clock, so you can rest easy.
Google Play Protect checks apps when you download them. If it finds a potentially harmful app, it stops the app from running, and may:
- Warn you. If an app is detected that may be harmful to your device, you’ll get a notification. To remove the app, tap Uninstall on the notification.
- Remove the app automatically. In some cases, if a harmful app has been detected, you may get a notification saying the app was removed.
Improve harmful app detection
If you choose to install apps from “Unknown sources” outside of the Google Play Store, Google Play Protect may send unknown apps to Google. This information helps Google had better protect everyone from harmful apps.