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What is Google Play Protect

Google introduced its Android security namely ‘Google Play Protect’. It does not come with the downloaded app. It automatically installed with the update of ‘Google Play Services’. I have checked it works with Android Jellybean, Android KitKat and the next operating system such as Android Lollipop, Android 6,7,8.

What is Google Play Protect?

Google says to let it manage the installation of apps and the users should be in the peace of mind in the palm of your hand. It is a security blanket for your android device. It scans regularly for the installed app for security. It provides guidance to users when they download an app from Google Play Store.

It is an on-access security system. It never sleeps and continues to scan and protect your device. It works with Google Play services and sandboxing methods to keep your device safe. It updates on the background and those are the silent updates and it aims to provide the latest mobile security.

Find My Device:

It has ‘Find My Device’ as a device administrator to keep track of your device. Sign in to Google Account when the device misplaced. It can remotely lock your device. Display the message on the lock screen can even erase all data to clear data from the lost device. What it enables you to control the data within your reach and even if the device misplaced, stole or lost you can control your data and keep it safe and private.

They provides full control of your data with you from ‘Find My Device’. If they misplace it, it locks the phone so that your near and dear ones if they found your device will get this message and this makes your data locked until you get the device. If your phone lost or stolen then, you can erase data remotely and completely lock your phone to safeguard your private information.

Google Play Protect always runs in the background:

The power of Google and present in each and every Android device makes it powerful and in an estimation, it is fifty billion apps scanning done by ‘Google Play Protect’ in a day to make your life easier. Apart from this all android apps go through rigorous android application scanning and sandboxing before they appear with Google Play Store. When app developer violates Google term and conditions they are suspended from providing the app to Google Play Store.

This makes running on Google Play Store stubborn, and here security of users is paramount for Google. When you download the app it scans and approved by Google beforehand. Apart from this ‘Google Play Protect’ scans billions of apps daily in million Android devices to understand the behaviour of apps and from there it also detects the harmful behaviour of rogue apps.

Apart from this with the regular updates of Google Chrome for Android, and safe browsing is preinstalled with it, warning to visitors to unsafe sites so that you get warning about it and taken back to safer sites. This keeps your Android device safer and completely negate chances of downloading of malware from a web browser.

How to enable Google Play Protect on an android phone?
  1. First makes sure before downloading app enable ‘Google Play Protect’ from Google Play Store.
  2. Open your device’s Google Play Store app
  3. Tap Menu > Play Protect icon
  4. Download apps from Google Play Store only.
  5. Before downloading app do see recommendations from Google Play Protect.
  6. Add Google accounts for backing up your device.
  7. Set a screen lock.
  8. Go to device settings and then security and the device administrator and activate ‘Find My Device’ to allow to find my device to block or erase a lost device.
  9. In this way also Google Play Services cannot be uninstalled.
  10. Then last not the least update Google Apps to receive latest Google services.
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Tips for Protecting Data Privacy of Android Users

Since the computer and then smart phones and then mobile operating systems, the flow of data incoming and outgoing is enormous. Slowly, most of these processes become highly confidential since paperless transactions. Most financial and banking transactions goes on through mobiles and smart phones.

Now, most of these transactions need secure OTP (Onetime password) and that comes easily through smart phones and mobile numbers. The flow of data becomes largely in the highest number because of the presence of large numbers. It is important to secure data of individuals in greater density.

Android mobile operating systems are by most of the people. Therefore , the flow of data from various Android operating systems and the accumulation of data from these sources need a secure process to store these data.

Android has various apps to store and secure data. Most of these are from Google and it stays secure as always. I back most of Android secure settings up through Google Drive. To back up android setting so that in case any outrage occurs then easily from these setting phone recovery possible.

Open Google Drive for Android and then move to backups. There perform back ups. YOu can perform the backup of the android, settings and most of these are for the sake of wireless connectivity but you can make it in data connection. If you have similar Google account across multiple phones then other back ups is there at the heading of other back ups in Google Drive.

If you have WhatsApp account then it back ups in Google Drive too. I backs in this way, most precious data of yours such as security settings of Phone, wireless connectivity, all up, and back up to Google Drive.

Smart phone means advent of camera and taking screenshots at various intervals. Google has its Photos in this app all photos are backing up to its in optimised resolution, and then it synchronises to phone. Photos are synchronises to phone means, all images, show up in offline mode.

Google Photos provide back up and sink privately with secure protocol and back up photos to high quality free unlimited storage. If you want fast and secure back up, then choose express upload, which is fast back up at a reduced resolution. It compresses photos to 3MP. In high quality photos compressed to 16 MP. In express compression videos stays in standard definition.

One must go with the amount of speed of internet on has such as, for slow internet and limited internet value pack express back up is good. If one has faster internet and higher value pack and one wants to show up photos instantly, then express back up is also good idea.

In express back up of Google Photos synchronise images, appear instantly and reupload does not take place so it save internet, battery and provide faster photo browsing experiences.

What app is the popular social media app. One need to back up account periodically to secure data. When you change the handset and insert the same sim of WhatsApp account then, you need to install from back up and it comes from Google account of the android. In WhatsApp setting go to chat, chat backup and then to back up and it will back up information in Google drive.

In the case you are doing for the first time then coenct Google Drive to Whatsapp and authorise it and then connect it. Then choose backed up to Google Drive periods such as daily or weekly.

With Android 8 go to security status  and click on Find Device and then move to Google Play Protect and turn on scan device for security threats and improve harmful app detection. In this way, Google will regularly check apps and scan your device for any security threats and warn you about it if it is there periodically.

With the second option such as improve harmful app detection Google will send from time to time harmful and unknown app behaviour for google scan and if there is any such bad behaviour of app then Google will stop these app from running.

It will scan app which comes from Google Play Store and scans and then download to device. Sometimes harmful apps can appear and resurface as the malware and Google Play Protect checks these apps for such malwares and stops these apps. Google has unwanted software policy, and it checks these apps for such behaviour and it appears to have then it stops these apps from resurfacing.

If there is harmful app detection, then it warns users and sometimes removes these apps automatically from the user’s device. Do not install app from unknown sources. Download app from Google Play Store as all app scans in sand boxing environment to provide the secure and clean application environment.

Install Files from Google Play Store. It is from Google. It scans device for junk files that accumulate automatically and take unnecessarily space on your phone. It scans for duplicate files and WhatsApp media and provides suggestions for unused apps that is not in use for many days. In this way unused apps are uninstalled.

In this way, Android stay secure and smarter, and with all of above suggestions your android device secures your data and stores in google server famous for secure and long lasting. By using directions from Google such as the good application behaviour and to perform back up at correct time makes the application data and device runs in the secure and personalised environment.

Article updated on April 02/2019
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