Most of us download apps not only from the Google Play store but also from unknown sources. There is always a chance of malware or spyware associated with the download or even the during the app updates. Most users do not know that Google has already developed an inbuilt utility to protect Android systems from these suspicious attacks. This Android security tool is called Google Play Protect. Let’s see how to configure or enable Google Play Protect from real-time attacks
Step-1. Open settings from the Android screen. Now tap on Google.
Step-2. In the next screen, tap on Security and then Google Play Protect.
Step-3. In the Play Protect screen, you will see two options
- Scan devices for security threats. This option is enabled by default. Google will automatically scan all the installed apps at regular interval and notifies you in case of the detection of any harmful behavior.
- Improve harmful app detection. You need to enable this option in case you download and use apps from unknown sources. Enabling this option will send all these apps to google for scanning.
Google protect warns you about the detection of any harmful app and it will either send a notification to you to uninstall the app or automatically remove it considering the severity of the malware attack. If you download apps from external sources other than the play store, you must turn on the harmful app detection as explained above in this tutorial.