Google launched Play Protect this summer to protect Android devices from malicious viruses. The service scans applications downloaded from the Play Store, as well as applications from other sources.
But Android users should not depend solely on Play Protect to defend their devices against harmful apps, warns the consumer protection portal Mobilsicher.de. They should also follow some basic security measures.
According to the experts, it is just as important to keep your operating system and applications up to date, as malicious software often takes advantage of security gaps in outdated versions.
A critical analysis of your apps can also go a long way. Who is the developer? What do the latest user reviews say? What access rights does the app demand? These three questions must be answered before you install any app. — dpa