A recently discovered WhatsApp error enabled hackers to remotely install spyware on an iOS or Android device, without even knowing the user. WhatsApp has already corrected the error, both on its server and through an update for the app. If you haven't updated the WhatsApp app right now, does it immediately .
Error and subsequent action is an important reminder to double-click that your device is free from malicious apps.
Google Play Protect scans up to 50 billion apps every day in an effort to identify and remove any bad apps. When Google first launched Play Protect, only the scanned programs were installed from the Play Store. Now it scans all apps installed on your device, regardless of source. It's a good idea to make sure Google Play Protect is enabled, learn to scan on demand, and double-check app updates before installing.
View latest scan information
To view your Android device's latest scan status and verify that Play Protect is enabled go to Settings > Security . The first option should be Google Play Protect ; push it. You will find a list of recently scanned apps, any malicious apps, and the ability to scan your device upon request.
Play Protect should be enabled by default on your Android device, but it is a good idea to visit the above setup page and double check.
Verify that the app is secure
During the installation of an app from the Play Store you will find the Play Protect tag during the progress bar, which means that the app is "Verified by Play Protect" and is safe to install at the time of installation.
Before updating your apps
When an app has been scanned and approved for the Play Store, it does not mean that a bad actor does not release anything cruel in a future app update. Thankfully, Google will show you at the top of the Updates section of the Play Store, whether or not downloadable updates are available for download.