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Verify Apps to routinely scan Android phones against potentially harmful apps

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Extending its security services for Android, Google announced on Thursday that its very own Verify apps will routinely run scans of applications on user’s devices in order to protect them against harmful apps.?

“Building on Verify apps, which already protects people when they?re installing apps outside of Google Play at the time of installation, we?re rolling out a new enhancement, which will now continually check devices to make sure that all apps are behaving in a safe manner, even after installation,” Rich Cannings, Android Security Engineer said in the official statement of Android.

Moreover, Cannings said that last year, Verify apps has been used more than 4 billion times to check apps at the time of install. He added that Verify apps will take that protection even further “using Android?s powerful app scanning system developed by the Android security and Safe Browsing teams.”

Verify apps is a security service that aims to prevent harmful software from being installed in the user’s device. It sends information identifying an app to Google once app verification is turned on during installation of application from any source. “If the app is harmful, Google may warn you not to install it, or it may block the installation completely. Google will also periodically scan for harmful apps that are already installed. For a potentially harmful app, you’ll be notified that you should uninstall it. If an app is known to be unsafe, Google will remove it from your device.”

Extending security services beyond Google Play, Verify apps will not only verify user’s applications prior to installation and warn about or block potentially harmful apps. Now, it will give users a constant on-device monitoring.

“As part of Android?s foundation, we built safeguards like application sandboxing, which confines apps, minimizing their ability to damage other parts of your phone,” Rich Cannings, Android Security Engineer said in the official statement of Android. He added that just like everybody’s home, “Google is offering a built-in ?service layer? to most every Android phone and tablet that?s constantly being strengthened, and it?s included for free. We?re adding to that service layer, further fortifying your Android phone or tablet.”

Google said that even if the risk of getting malware in the users’ phone is relatively small, they said, “we?re committed to making sure that the best available security protections are available to all Android users. This includes service-based protections such as Verify apps, as well as security features within the platform itself.”

This security is available on Android 2.3+ Google Play.

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