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Stop hackers, just turn on this Google Play Store setting on your phone NOW!

Now enable this setting on your Android phone to protect it from malicious attacks.

Android, the world’s most popular operating system, is used by billions of users around the world. The operating system is based on an open source platform and is therefore shared by numerous companies who all use slightly different versions of Android on their smartphones.

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However, because it is so common, it is also highly susceptible to malicious attacks. Every day, hundreds of apps are flagged for leaking consumer data or being vulnerable to cyber-attacks. These apps are then removed from the Google Play Store.

While Google closely monitors the various security measures it has implemented to keep your phone safe, sometimes it is impossible to stop certain malicious attacks. Google therefore strongly recommends that you keep the Google Play Protect setting.

Google Play Protect is a free service from Google that checks apps when you install them. It performs a security check on apps from the Google Play Store before downloading them. It checks your device for potentially harmful apps from other sources. When you enable the “Improve malicious app detection” setting, you allow Google Play Protect to automatically send unknown apps to Google.

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Enable Google Play Protect

Although Google Play Protect is enabled by default, you may have disabled it by accident.

1. To turn it on, on your Android phone or tablet and open the Google Play Store.

2. Tap the profile icon at the top right.

3. Tap Play Protect, then tap Settings.

4. Enable or disable Enhance malicious app detection.

If Google Play Protect finds a potentially harmful app on your Android device, it will notify you to remove the app. Just tap the notification and tap Delete. Play Protect will automatically disable the app until you uninstall it.

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