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Google Play Protect wants to keep your smartphone safe from fraudulent apps

By Peter Chu - on 20 Jul 2017, 12:27pm

Google Play Protect wants to keep your smartphone safe from fraudulent apps

There are well more than a million different apps on the Google Play Store, and Google wants to ensure that each and every one of them are clean from any harmful viruses or malware through its Play Protect security suite, which is currently being rolled out to Android devices running on Google Play Services version 11 and above.

You can check if your device currently has the Play Protect suite installed by heading to Settings > Google > Security > Verify Apps. The Play Protect page is where you’ll find a brief introduction to the security service, a list of applications that it has recently scanned. And because we live in a free society, there’s also a toggle for you to switch it off completely, though we’re not entirely sure why you would want to do that.

Play Protect will eventually find its way onto the Play Store, where you’ll immediately be able to determine whether an app is safe for download by checking if it has the “Verified by Google Play Protect” badge. There will also be a button for you to manually initiate a security scan, in the event that you are feeling a little paranoid.

Source: Android.com via Engadget.