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Shopping Comes to Google Assistant on Google Home

To help you keep up with your busy schedule and shop for the things you need, Google is introducing shopping with Google Assistant on Google Home.

To set it up, go to Google Home app, navigate to “More settings” and then scroll down to “Payments.” From there, set up default credit card and delivery address, and you’re ready to shop—just say “Ok Google, how do I shop?” or “Ok Google, order paper towels”.

Starting today, “you’ll be able to order from participating Google Express retailers, including Costco, Whole Foods Market, Walgreens, PetSmart, Bed Bath & Beyond and more than 50 other national and locally available retailers,” wrties Google.

Google says, that through April 30, 2017, when you shop via Google Home, you don’t have to worry about additional service or membership fees.

And, more new features and purchases for other apps and services will be enabled in the coming months, said Google.

Shop with Google Assistant on Google Home
Shop with Google Assistant on Google Home

In a blog post today, Google talks about Android security “Potentially Harmful Applications (PHAs)—highlighting fraudsters’ common tactics, and how they shield from these threats using ‘Verify Apps’—one of a key defenses against PHAs.”

“PHAs, are Android applications that could harm you or your device, or do something unintended with the data on your device,” explains Google.

“Verify Apps, is a cloud-based service that proactively checks every application prior to install and subsequently rechecks devices regularly to determine to help ensure safety. Sometimes (very rarely),” “Verify Apps will remove an app without asking for removal confirmation.”

“Verify Apps checks more than 6 billion installed applications and scans around 400 million devices per day. Ongoing protection from Verify Apps has ensured that in 2015, over 99 percent of all Android devices were free of known PHAs,” Google stated.

To stay clear from harmful apps only install from a trusted source, and be sure to enable Verify Apps on your Android device.

Some examples of PHA include:

  • Backdoors apps that let hackers control a device by giving them unauthorized access to device data.
  • Billing fraud apps charge you in an intentionally misleading way, like premium SMS scams or call scams.
  • Spyware apps collect personal information from a device without users consent
  • Hostile Downloads: Apps that download harmful programs, often through bundling with another program
  • Trojan apps appear benign (e.g., a game that claims only to be a game) but actually perform undesirable actions.
verify apps shield you from potentially harmful applications
Verify Apps Shield you from Potentially Harmful Applications
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