Google has made some significant changes to Google Play Protect for protecting Android users from unwanted and malicious apps.
The company has launched the Google Play Protect feature in 2017, it performs the following functions:
- It does a safety check for apps before users download it from the Google Play Store.
- It also checks for potential harmful apps available from the other sources
- It warns and detect potentially harmful apps, and removes malicious apps from your device.
- It warns about apps that violate our Unwanted Software Policy by hiding or misrepresenting important information.
In a blog post, Google said that Google Play Protect has protected over 2 billion devices every day.
“Google Play Protect is the technology we use to ensure that any device shipping with the Google Play Store is secured against potentially harmful applications (PHA),” stated Google’s blog post. “It is made up of a giant backend scanning engine to aid our analysts in sourcing and vetting applications made available on the Play Store, and built-in protection that scans apps on users’ devices, immobilizing PHA and warning users.”
Google has enabled Google Play Protect by default for all Google Play users, but a user can also confirm that Google Play Protect is enabled by going into the Play Store, tapping, and tapping Play Protect.