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XDA Basics: Does your Android smartphone need an antivirus app?

Android is not just the biggest mobile operating system in the world, it's the biggest OS -- period. Such a large user base makes it a juicy target for cyber-criminals, which is why there are often reports about Android malware, adware, and other not-so-nice things. Such reports make people afraid and they rush to the...

Popular Barcode Scanner app caught infecting Android smartphones

A popular barcode scanner app with over 10 million downloads on the Google Play Store has been caught infecting Android devices with malware. The app, simply dubbed Barcode Scanner, has since been removed from the Play Store, but it likely still remains there on many of the infected devices. As the name implies, the Barcode Scanner...

Google Chrome will offer Advanced Protection users the ability to send risky files to Google for scanning

Google’s Advanced Protection Program is the company’s strongest security for “those who need it most.” This program can safeguard personal or business Google accounts of anyone at risk of targeted attacks, like political campaigns, journalists, business leaders, etc. While it’s not something most people need, it is available to anyone. Back in March 2020, Google...

Google’s Advanced Protection program now blocks sideloading non-Play Store apps

Google's Advanced Protection program is the company's strongest security for "those who need it most." This program can safeguard personal or business Google accounts of anyone at risk of targeted attacks, like political campaigns, journalists, business leaders, etc. While it's not something most people need, it is available to anyone. Today, Google announced some new...

Google partners with ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium to improve Play Protect’s detection of malware before it hits the Play Store

The Google Play Store is the central point of app distribution on Google's Android, enabling thousands of developers to distribute their apps to millions of users around the world. This high traffic medium thus becomes a lucrative channel for bad actors to propagate their own malware. Google realized the potential of abuse, and so, at...

Google Play Protect used machine learning to detect 60.3% of all Potentially Harmful Apps on the Play Store

Google Play Protect is Google's answer to the ever-evolving battle against malware. We saw it launch in May of last year, and since then it has undergone many changes and improvements. It also rolled out to many more devices following its initial testing phase. Play Protect works by scanning applications uploaded to the Google Play...

Google Play Protect Rolls Out to More Devices with Latest Update

At Google I/O earlier this year, the company announced a new service it would be providing to Android owners called Google Play Protect. In and of itself, this wasn't actually anything new that hasn't already been included in Android for years. Instead, it was essentially a rebranding of a few features that Google has provided...