7 March 2014

Free McAfee Mobile Security apps keep mobile devices working

McAfee is making a full-featured version of its McAfee Mobile Security available at no cost in 30 languages as part of an Intel Corporation initiative to make security a more integrated part of the consumer experience. 


Android malware almost tripled from 2012 to 2013, according to McAfee’s third Consumer Mobile Security Report.  The latest version of McAfee Mobile Security, including the free version, is equipped with several new features that are designed to protect consumers against security vulnerabilities and address the problems created by lost or stolen devices. The new Wi-Fi Security feature allows users to connect to any Wi-Fi network with confidence, knowing that McAfee will alert them to any risky or non-password protected networks that they may be connecting to.

“We live in an unprecedented era of always-connected devices, where security and privacy protection are fundamental,” said John Giamatteo, Senior VP and GM, McAfee consumer business. “With free access to our award-winning mobile security product, consumers are free to experience everything this connected world has to offer, without fear of their personal information being compromised.”

McAfee Mobile Security is available for immediate download in the Google Play Store. According to McAfee’s findings from the 2014 Love, Relationships & Technology survey, consumers are sharing and storing more information than ever, without taking the necessary steps to protect their mobile devices. With privacy and identity in mind, McAfee Mobile Security for Android is designed to prevent privacy invasions, data loss, identity theft and device disappearances. 

It includes anti-theft, anti-virus, app protection, Web protection, call and SMS filtering. In AV-Test’s most recent effectiveness test for mobile security products, McAfee Mobile Security received a 100% detection score and was given a top ranking among the 30 vendors that participated in the independent test.

McAfee has also launched McAfee® Mobile Security for iOS devices recently, featuring a number of comprehensive protection options previously available only to Android users. Available for free, the software provides iPhone and iPad users with a secure vault for private content, secure camera, jailbreak detection, backup capabilities and more.

In 2012, 1.6 million Americans fell victim to smartphone theft, and stolen mobile phones cost consumers over US$30 billion*. To combat this, when there is suspicious activity such as multiple incorrect attempts to unlock the device, users can activate a new CaptureCam to snap a picture of the person holding the device. The picture, along with the location, is sent to the account owner, revealing who is in possession of the lost or stolen device. A new SOS feature will also save the last location of a device before the battery runs out.

*Press Release from San Francisco District Attorney’s Press Office: http://www.sfdistrictattorney.org/index.aspx?page=262