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Google Play Protect helps keep malware out of your phone



A recently discovered WhatsApp bug allowed hackers to remotely install spyware on an iOS or Android device without the phone user even noticing. WhatsApp has already fixed the bug, both on its server and through an update to the app. If you have not yet updated the WhatsApp app, do so immediately .

The error and the subsequent fix are important reminder to check if your device is free of malicious apps.

Google Play Protect scans up to 50 billion apps every day to identify and remove malformed apps. When Google Play Protect first started, the service only scanned apps installed in the Play Store. Now every app installed on your device will be scanned, regardless of the source. Make sure Google Play Protect is turned on and learn how to scan on demand and review app updates before you install it.

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View the Details of the Last Scanning

  Playback Protection Settings Page

The Playback Protection Settings page allows you to scan when needed, view the time of the last scan, and view the scanned apps.


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To view the last scan status of your Android device and ensure that Play Protect is enabled, go to Settings > Security . The first option should be Google Play Protect ; Tip it on. On your Android device, you'll find a list of recent scanned apps, malicious apps found, and the option to scan your device as needed.

Play Protect should be enabled by default. However, it is best to visit the above options page and review.

Make sure an app is secure

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While installing an app from the Play Store, the Play Protect badge is under the progress bar to ensure that the app has been "verified" by Play Protect and can be safely installed at the time of installation.

Before you upgrade your apps

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After an app has been scanned and approved for the Play Store, it does not mean that a bad actor will not hide any nefarious in a future app update. Luckily, Google's "Updates" section in the Play Store shows you if any updates you're sure can be downloaded safely.


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