Most of us download apps not only from 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 of the users do not know that Google has already developed an inbuilt utility to protect the 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 device for security threats. This option is enabled by default. Google will automatically scan all the installed apps on a regular interval and notifies you in case of 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 on 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 malware attack. If you download apps from external sources other than play store, you must turn on the harmful app detection as explained above in this tutorial.