Security and malware have been really hot issues in the world of Android, but for all the wrong reasons. Many have sensationalized Android’s problems with malware, despite the the fact that the problem is extremely minimal and completely eliminated with the smallest amount of common sense. Either way, Google takes security very seriously and has now updated Verify Apps, its security scanner.
Previously, Verify Apps would scan every app that you installed outside of the Play Store. (The Play Store apps are scanned with their own system). With the latest update, Verify Apps will continue monitoring apps on your device to make sure they don’t pull tricks on you that weren’t detected when it was installed.
Google explains that potentially harmful apps are very rare, and that the risk is miniscule. But the company will make Android as safe as possible nonetheless. Verify Apps works well; fewer than 0.18% installs occurred last year after a warning was given due to the scan. With a huge majority of people heeding the warning, it’s an effective safety measure.
Android may be safe, but making it safer is definitely appreciated. As long as you don’t go to random websites and download APKs that have unknown contents, you’ll be safe. Just in case you do manage to do something silly like that, Google has your back. Do you have any experiences with Verify Apps? Leave a comment!