Android smartphones have always been the subject of malware attacks via rogue apps. Recently there are a number of malware attacks on the Play store that targeted the Android devices. The security infrastructure of the Android has always been vulnerable to the dubious apps looking sneak into the user’s smartphones. Frequent malware hit on the app store raised a finger on the security aspects by the Google. To retain the trust of the user back to the platform and make sure that there is no further harm from malware to the users Google introduces the Google play store at I/O conference.
A couple of days back Google enrolls this feature for the users to use it efficiently in blocking any kind of attack. There are lot discussion and talks is going around the internet and social media about this new feature. But, everyone has less or no idea how this feature works exactly so, we first used and understand it in order to give you a brief report.
What Google Play Protect does?
In order to get the optimum benefit from this new security feature, you need to understand first what it is and how it works?. Google Play Store is a security feature added by the tech giant for the Android platform. The feature is basically the evolved version of the ‘Verify apps’ feature that was introduced by the company many years ago. This new enhanced feature is the real time malware scanner that scans every installed or about to install apps and actively notify the user in case of any dubious search. The feature was shared by the company in the I/O developer conference in May but, Google starts rolling out the feature this week for the devices supporting Play Services 11 or above.
How to Check Whether Google Play Protect is present or not on Your device? The Google Play Protect option is way deep under your phone settings to check it along with the which app it scanned last and when go to Settings→ Google →Security Google Play Protect.
How to Enable or disable the feature on your device?
The Google Play Protect feature is just enrolled by the company and the feature is by default enabled on all the devices running on Google Play service 11 or later. In case you want to enable or disable the feature you can access the option in the setting by following these simple steps. Go to the Settings→ Google →Security Google Play Protect where you will see the options, Scan device for security threats” & “Improve harmful app detection“.
Here you will see the first option is enabled by default and the second option is optional to scan the third party downloaded apps. Unless you are fully confident about what you are doing it advisable to let the option enabled as it is by default to avoid any harm.
How will it protect Your Device?
Google Play Protect is designed in a way that it will take care of the device from security aspects by blocking the rogue developers. In order to stay free from any harm, you need to listen to any notification from the feature carefully as it will notify you after the canning of the app in case it has something suspicious. However the feature does not work on the third party source from where you are installing, but yeah, it will earn you about third party installation.
Google has also made sure that these malware creators do not sneak up into your device via updates. You will see a notification saying ‘ No problem found’ in the update list of your Google Play Store.
Google is working hard to make the things right in order to make sure that the Android user feels more secured while downloading the app from the store. Recently, after the attack of the malware, Google abandoned a large number of suspicious apps from the Play Store.
Ariana Johnson currently working with MAD to share her pinpoint views and observation on latest mobile app tweaks. She has been exploring the tech world for years and worked for many tech leading platforms earlier.