Adding to its ongoing efforts to fight malware, adware, ransomware and the likes, which are becoming increasingly threatening as smartphones and other devices connected to the internet are gaining popularity, Google has announced the addition of another security layer to Android devices.
Google Play Protect will now add to the prevalent security on the Google Play Store and Services on Android devices, which protect over 2 billion users worldwide.
The Google Play Store already had a feature called ‘Verify apps‘ which would analyze an app before it’s installed onto your device for potential threats.
Google’s new security feature, Play Protect, doesn’t need user intervention but is an automated security feature embedded into the Google Play services of every device which works in the background around the clock.
“Play Protect is built into every device with Google Play, is always updating, and automatically takes action to keep your data and device safe, so you don’t have to lift a finger,” the company stated.
Although cases of malware or ransomware on Android devices aren’t as common at the moment, Google has long been applying preventive methods to protect users from this threat and has added additional security features on Android Nougat to fight against it.
Google’s Play Protect feature not only provides greater security for your device but also increased visibility into your device’s security.
“Play Protect watches out for any app that might step out of line on your device, keeping you and every other Android user safe,” the company adds.
Not only does Google’s new security feature protect you from discrepancies found with apps downloaded from the Play Store but also from other sources.
Android OS includes Application Sandbox technology, which ensures that an app can not use data that is being stored by another app. Per se, if your device is infected with a fraudulent ransomware app, it won’t be able to access the data of other apps or even the system resources.
As part of the Google Play Protect project, Google has also launched the ‘Find My Device’ feature, which helps you find your lost Android device.
The Find My Device feature helps you locate, ring, lock and erase your Android devices — phone, tablets or smartwatches — remotely.
The company has confirmed that these features will be rolled out to Android devices over the next few weeks.