Can Google protect your phone from malicious applications?

By Techpads | Last Updated: July 14, 2017- 7:46 am
Google Panic Detection Feature

Google wants to help Android users protect their devices from dangerous applications that can potentially launch a cyber attack on them.


Google wants to help Android users protect their devices from dangerous applications that can potentially launch a cyber attack on them. They plan to build this feature into the Android 7.1 Nougat OS. This feature, which has been named ‘Panic Detection’, will allow users to quickly exit an application before it can cause any damage to their devices.

As soon as the user clicks on a link, and the Panic Detector feels like something is wrong with it, the page opened by the link will immediately be shut down. If users themselves feel like something is wrong with the app that they have opened, they need to press the back button four times.  By pressing this button, all currently running apps will be shut down in order to help the system regain control of the phone. In the cases where the users are unable to exit the application, Android will use its overriding ability to gain control. Users will then be required to uninstall the dangerous application.

While the feature is currently not available on Android phones, the company does have plans to carry out test runs and launch it in the future. Google has taken a big step towards ensuring that our phones are safer from cyber attacks but it is yet to be seen why such dangerous apps are allowed to exist in the Play store to begin with.