Verizon and McAfee have extended an agreement to give consumers more choice and control over their devices' security.
Announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the companies said that multi-device security packages are now offered to over nine million Verizon FiOS Internet and High Speed Internet customers.
Powered by McAfee, Verizon's Internet Security Suite Multi-Device platform is a central management console that brings PCs, laptops, Macs, and Android smartphones and tablets and their protection under one umbrella. The software aims to protect consumers against malicious apps, software and Web pages, protect their identities, and keep Internet banking as secure as possible.
"With the number of devices in households and small businesses on the rise, coupled with the steady rise of identity theft and other cybercrime, easily accessible cross-device security is vital to maintaining a worry-free computing environment,” said John Giamatteo, senior vice president and general manager of McAfee consumer business.
"Through our agreement with Verizon we have a tremendous opportunity to work together to help millions of people protect their devices, data and identities, wherever they are.”
The service is now available for consumers at a price of $6.99 per month, or $11 a month when purchased as part of a Verizon-based package. Small businesses can buy the Verizon Multi-Device Internet Security Suite for $5 per month.
In addition to this announcement, McAfee said at Mobile World Congress it now offers extended free versions of security software for consumers using Android and iOS devices.
The firm says that its McAfee Mobile Security software is now available for free in 30 languages, as part of an Intel initiative to boost security across the board. The free version of McAfee’s security app for Android now unlocks security extensions for Intel-based mobile devices, and an iOS application is also available.
McAfee Mobile Security now provides kernel-level security extensions through integration with Intel Device Protection Technology, according to the company. This technology helps to proactively block and secure devices from malware delivered through malicious applications and websites.