Google tweaks its Verify Apps security feature to show what’s been scanned
Google has long used its Verify Apps feature to target possible malware before it can affect our phones, but it has always been a behind-the-scenes service. Unless there was an app that Google labeled unsafe and prompted us to remove, there was no way to see if Verify Apps was actually, well, verifying apps.
Google is now starting to show its work. In addition to a detailed blog post that outlines how Verify Apps does its job, Google has tweaked the menu in settings to display a little more information about what it’s doing. Instead of an option in the the Security menu in Settings (or in the Google tab on Pixels and some other phones), Verify Apps now occupies its own tab. Tap it and you’ll see the same two toggles to “Scan device for security threats” and “Improve harmful app detection,” but you’ll also get a look at the last four apps it has scanned as well as the number of apps that were previously checked.