Google Play Protect Keeps Our Devices Secure
Earlier in the year, Google showcased the Google Play Protect suite. As you might expect from the name, Google’s Play Protect suite is a series of applications and features designed to keep your device and data secure. As it happens, Google Play Protect is essentially a rebranding of some existing applications and services, but the technology will make it more obvious that Google is checking for malware and suspicious behaviour – and proactively keeping our devices safer. Google Play Protect highlights one of the advantages of using the Google Play Store for your device apps: if you use the Play Store, you benefit from Google’s security software at the source. However, for those applications you may have downloaded from other sources, Google Play Protect can still scan these and will report any suspicious behaviour.
There are four key components to Google Play Protect. The first of these is how Google’s servers scan all applications on the Google Play Store, which means if you download an application from this official source, it has already been scanned. Whilst Google’s scanner is not infallible, this gives users some confidence.
The second part of Google Play Protect is a local device scan: Google Play Protect will scan the applications on your device as well as assess the behaviour of the handset, and will report if it notices anything suspicious. Play Protect also has the ability to block a suspicious application from running.
The third part of Google Play Protect is a feature that we’ve had with Android devices for some time, which is the “My Device” feature. We’d hope to never have to use this technology, which is a means of attempting to recover a lost Android device or to wipe it. My Device can show you your smartphone’s location, and you can present a message on the lock screen. You can even call the device from a browser, or if you believe that it’s been stolen, you can remotely wipe the device.
The final part of Google Play Protect is how the Google Chrome browser will warn customers if they are attempting to visit a website that is exhibiting suspicious behaviour, or has been reported as containing malware.
Google Play Protect is going to be more obvious for Android customers, especially for those devices running Android “O.” Play Protect will be an integrated part of the Google Play Services application and in the Google Play Store. It’ll be more obvious that the service has scanned the device and has either detected no issues, or has found something and is bringing it to your attention.