Google has now started to roll out Play Protect anti-malware security suite to all eligible Android devices worldwide. It was first announced at this year’s Google I/O event and basically performs a background check on installed apps to see if there are malicious apps to prevent users from getting affected.
While Android has been performing such background checks for a number of years now, the whole process has been made a lot more visible to the user with the release of Play Protect. Previously, there was no way to know if Android has performed any security check on installed apps and if yes, then when it was the last time it was performed. With this global rollout, users will be able to get all these information easily. All you need to make sure that your device is running Google Mobile Sevices 11 or higher to get this new feature.
To check if Google’s Privacy Protect has become available on your Android device, you simply need to visit Settings -> Google -> Security -> Verify Apps. If you have received the feature, you will see an interface similar to the one shown in the screenshot below.
You can see that there are a bunch of toggles which you turn on or off to enable/disable certain settings. It is completely up to you if you want to enable both or any but it is recommended to keep both toggles on. While it is hard to tell if Google Play Protect will prove to be any good in detecting malicious apps before they do any significant harm, it is surely good to know that Google is actually making things a little more visible.