Google Play Protect is the company’s newest tool aimed at helping Android users stay clear of any suspicious apps. The service constantly scans your Android phone or tablet and will alert you if there’s an issue.
Keep in mind, Play Protect is designed to scan and identify bad apps in the Play Store, not from third-party websites that host apps. The easiest way to keep your device safe is to install apps from the Play Store, and the Play Store alone.
Security remains a major concern in Android devices. At this year’s Google IO Developer Conference in May, the conversation revolved around a number of security-related tools to make the Android OS more robust. One of them was Google Play Protect, a security tool that will always remain active and warn users of bad apps. Unlike many of the security benefits which will be available with Android O, users won’t have to wait until October to enjoy the benefits of Play Protect . Google has started rolling it out on all Android devices.
To view the current scan status and make sure Play Protect is enabled go to Settings > Google > Security > Google Play Protect. Here, a list of recently installed apps, current harmful apps and the option to toggle the service on or off is shown.