Android warning – important setting to turn on now for billions of users

Android users have been told that one simple security setting could protect them from crafty hackers trying to steal personal details.

Hackers use dodgy apps which spread viruses once downloaded from the Google Play Store.

Once downloaded, hackers could steal your online passwords or even rinse your bank account.

Google Play Store does have a system to try and remove certain apps from the store and our phones, but it’s still important to be careful when downloading new apps to our phones.

Google’s free tool to help you avoid getting caught out should already be loaded onto Android phones, but it is still important to check.

Google Play Protect is a service that claims to help keep your apps safe and your data private, The Sun reports.

Apps and devices are checked for harmful behaviour, and Google Play even scans apps before they are downloaded.

Harmful apps are even deactivated or removed if they are to be found harmful once downloaded.

The alert service also sends Android users privacy alerts about apps that can get user permissions to access personal information.

Just last month, iPhone and Android users were told to delete specific apps from their mobile phones because they could potentially steal their data.

The dangerous apps have managed to get onto the App Store and Play Store by disguising themselves as popular services such as photo editors, mobile games and VPN services.

However, Facebook has put out an alert after discovering a data hack related to more than 400 apps.

The “malicious” Android and iOS apps are “designed to steal Facebook login information and compromise people’s accounts”.

How to turn on Google Play Protect
Google Play Protect is normally switched on already but if you want to be sure, follow the simple steps below.

Open the Google Play Store.

Tap your profile icon in the top right.

Find Play Protect, then select Settings.

Ensure Scan apps with Play Protect is on.