Google has launched Google Play Protect, a new security service that will help to keep your Android device safe from malware and harmful apps.
Google Play Protect monitors your device to keep it safe free from potentially dangerous malware.
Play Protect is built into all Android devices with Google Play and running Google Mobile Services 11 or later, which includes all of Google’s most popular apps such as Gmail, Chrome, Google Maps, YouTube, Google Docs, and Google Translate.
“Today we introduced Google Play Protect—Google’s comprehensive security services for Android, providing powerful new protections and greater visibility into your device security, Google said in a blog post.
“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.”
Google also announced the release of a ‘Find My Device’ app, which allows users to easily locate, lock, ring and erase a lost Android device.
The app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and is being rolled out to all Android devices over the coming weeks.
Google also revealed the lengths it goes to ensure malware is kept out of the Google Play Store.
Google says its scans more than 50 million apps every day and any harmful ones are removed.
Google also users machine learning to detect if an app is behaving unusually and will remove it if it believes to be a threat to users.
The new security features come after two dangerous forms of malware were found in the Google Play Store and believed to have infected millions of Android devices.
The strains of malware dubbed Judy and Xavier were discovered to be present in at least 41 apps and infected 8.5 millions and 36.5 million users, respectively