So, even if your device is lagging on security updates, you shouldn’t have to worry.
There’s also a human review process in place for anything that looks even a little bit questionable.
Google just started doing this a few months ago, mainly as a way to keep copycat apps and obvious scams from slipping through the cracks.
For example, your phone already antivirus protection built-in.
Your first line of defense is to simply not mess around with Android’s default security settings.
Leaving this disabled keeps you safe from virtually all Android malware, because there’s almost none of it in the Play Store.
There are legitimate reasons to allow unknown sources, though.
However, Android is by its very nature more secure than a desktop computer, so maybe you don’t need these security apps. The most recent Android malware report comes from Check Point, which says nearly one billion android devices have critical vulnerabilities in the underlying Linux kernel. It’s a legitimate security issue, but the reporting is, as usual, overly breathless and dramatic.
The PR certainly makes it seem like your phone is ripe for infection, but the real situation is much more nuanced.
We’ve all been programmed by PC malware, which can sneak onto your system simply because you visited the wrong website with a vulnerable browser.