If you use an android phone or considering to buy a new one, you must have thought of once about how safe it is to you. With all the news about mobile applications stealing data from the user, it has raised alarm amongst many Android phone owners and has been ever since become the perpetual reason for worry.
So here is what most people are unaware of, Google, the current owner of Android, already has a solution to this problem called Google Play Protect which could ease your worry.
Play Protect is an efficient solution from Google to keep your device safe and secure by removing/disabling an app that threatens your security. Though Play Protect came around May 2017, it doesn’t mean that Google was doing nothing at all. Play Protect can be taken as the amalgamation of Google’s Verify Apps and Bouncer, which could be date back to 2012 and integrated it into the Google Play Store App(Market for Android app).
Now let’s take a look into the key features of Play Protect:
If Play protect finds any kind of fault, while scanning an app in the pre-install scan or in a periodical scan, it notifies the user.
In most cases, it notifies the user after removing the malware. In other cases, it sends the user a notification asking to remove the harmful app/malware, meanwhile keeping it disabled.
As mentioned earlier, Google Play won’t let any user download any malware app through the market Play Store. New android phones in the market have a feature “Unknown Sources” turned off, which prevents users from installing the app, that isn’t available on Play Store.
So, if any user installs an app via unknown sources, still Play Protect scans the app for any potential threat in its periodical scan and may ask the user for the following information:
You can always trigger the Play Protect’s scan soon after installing an app from unknown sources. All you need to do is:
Though Google and Android provide us security on various levels, data loss happens even after that. To avoid such a situation, we must take care of the following things:
With that said, I hope what you read just now ease your mind and you can use your android phone without any worry of personal data theft.