Google has just announced on its blog the arrival of new anti-malware defenses for Android devices. These protections are currently reserved for members of the advanced protection program.
Since its launch in 2017, Google continues to improve and perfect its advanced protection program. As a reminder, this initiative allows users whose data is sensitive (journalists, lawyers, politicians, activists, business leaders, etc.) to benefit from a higher level of security against piracy or Gmail account theft, for example.
With threats adapting and evolving, Google has no choice but to do the same. In this sense, the company unveiled this Wednesday, March 18 on its blog new anti-malware protections for Android devices.
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Google Play Protect permanently active
First action by Google, all Android devices with a Google account enrolled in the protection program advance will now benefit from Google Play Protect. For the record, Play Protect is an application developed by Google to scan and analyze more than 100 billion applications per day and to ensure the security of your Android device, as well as that of your personal data and your various applications. It will now be impossible to deactivate Google Play Protect if you are a member of the program.
Non-Google Play apps are prohibited
Still with the aim of effectively protecting Android devices, Google wants to block the installation of all APK applications not coming from the Google Play Store. Again, only smartphones and tablets with a Google account enrolled in the advance protection program are affected.
According to the company, it will still be possible to install applications available on the marketplaceand from manufacturers, such as the Huawei App Gallery, for example. It will also be possible to go via Android Debug Bridge. In addition, non-Google Play apps already on your device will not be deleted and users will still be able to update them.
The Mountain View firm said that users of the G Suite enrolled in the program will not be able to benefit from these additional defenses for their Android devices at the moment. In all cases, these new measures will be gradually implemented. To conclude, Google announces that other unknown protections destined for Google Chrome are also in the cards and should land in the course of 2020. As a reminder, Chrome had already received new malware protection tools in 2019.
Source: Google Blog