Android security becomes opportunity for McAfee

Android security becomes opportunity for McAfee

Summary: McAfee will extend its wares into smartphones and tablets as mobile security moves to the forefront. Android tablets and smartphones apparently are the next growth market for anti-virus protection.

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McAfee on Tuesday said it will extend its wares into smartphones and tablets as mobile security moves to the forefront. Tablets and smartphones apparently are the next growth market for anti-virus protection.

And given Android devices are quickly becoming a popular attack vector, McAfee is doubling down on that platform.

Specifically, McAfee announced McAfee Mobile Security and WaveSecure Tablet Edition. The general idea is that the software secures mobile devices as they swap between consumer, work and personal usage.

Mobile security software is likely to find a niche as enterprises increasingly have to manage more bring your own device schemes.

The McAfee Mobile Security software suite, which will cost $29.99 a year, focuses on protecting a device if stolen or loss and protecting from malware. The suite offers:

  • Backup and data restoration;
  • Remote locking;
  • Alarms in case a device is stolen;
  • Remote data removal;
  • Anti-malware software and phishing detection;
  • A portal to manage multiple devices.

WaveSecure, which is $19.99 a year, also focuses on Android and aims to find stolen devices and preserve critical data.

Topics: Security, Software

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  • RE: Android security becomes opportunity for McAfee

    Why should the consumer buy a solution for a problem that can be easily avoided by choosing a more secure smart phone platform. The android scenario is an utter mess with so many manufactors doing their own stuff. Lot of average consumers are jumping into andorid without fully aware of the potential problems.
    owlnet
    • I don't disagree with your point RE: Android security but...

      ...I do disagree with it being "easily" avoided. People have chosen Android over WP7 or iOS for a reason. That reason maybe due to carrier preference, price plan costs, phone costs, ideology...whatever! But they may not have been able to choose a different platform.

      Personally I choose Android, and I'm happy with it. What I am not happy with is Google's virutally hands-off approach to security in regards to apps and the Market Place. This is something they need to sort.

      I have Lookout Mobile Security loaded on my phone, and to be honest I don't notice any difference in performance (apart from when scanning a newly downloaded app) or battery life.
      DevJonny
      • RE: Android security becomes opportunity for McAfee

        @DevJonny
        google's aproach to everything is "HANDS OFF" look at youtube. when google bought the company, the sites quality declined, and the technical support STOPPED
        jokerkmk@...
      • RE: Android security becomes opportunity for McAfee

        I get your point but I don't think anything will change. Google won't change their hands-off approach. You really did not notice any difference in performance after installing the lookout mobile security? wow that's crazy. Mine is way slower now! <a href="http://www.suchmaschinenoptimierungx.de">Suchmaschinenoptimierung</a>
        SuMamichi
    • RE: Android security becomes opportunity for McAfee

      @owlnet First off, not everyone wants a locked down limited device. Secondly, most of the malware was related to and targeting shady apps from the jump. They didn't target high profile apps that your average consumer uses like Evernote, etc.

      In the end Android will prevail the same way Windows has prevailed over the Mac. Openness always wins.
      derrickisONLINE
      • RE: Android security becomes opportunity for McAfee

        @derrickisONLINE
        Sure. Windows is open? You've got an interesting definition of open? Where can I download the source?
        dhmccoy
      • RE: Android security becomes opportunity for McAfee

        @derrickisONLINE

        Not this time my friend. Apple learned it's lessons from the past. They trust NO ONE now. The negative aspects of Android's openness outweigh the positive aspects.
        HappyXWindowsUser
      • RE: Android security becomes opportunity for McAfee

        @derrickisONLINE Android is FAR less open that you would like to dream it is. The fact that the malware targeted shady apps up to this point doesn't mean anything. You like to down play it but Apple got FAR more abuse for the recent MacDefender malware that affected far fewer users than those affected by Android malware.
        non-biased
    • RE: Android security becomes opportunity for McAfee

      Personally, I was given a Samsung Galaxy S for work and I hate it. It's laggy, it takes forever to boot up if you ever turn it off, it seems to often have trouble grabbing known wifi connections when I change locations (i.e. work and home), and some apps (like the ZDNet reader for instance) often (like 1/3 of the time) crash and you have to wait for it to finish crashing before you can do anything with your phone (sometimes up to 20 or 30 seconds). On the other hand, my friend's iPhones never give them any of these problems. That being said, there are some legitimate reasons for buying an Android phone (Torrent-FU being one of them). As for security, although Android has nothing even near as secure as the iOS App store, I've heard that the Amazon Android app market is more secure than the Google app market.
      HappyXWindowsUser
      • RE: Android security becomes opportunity for McAfee

        @Maconvert Which Galaxy S phone do you have? I have the Epic 4G and don't have any of these issues. In fact, boot the phone next to someone using an iPhone and see who is off and running first. You may have just gotten a lemon. I've seen friends' iPhones randomly lock up and have to do a full reboot. At least on Android you can force close it and continue on. This is just my experience though I guess.
        brent@...
      • RE: Android security becomes opportunity for McAfee

        @Maconvert & brent@... I have seen comments in the past comparing boot times but have always wondered, why does anybody care? Apart from when I fly somewhere my phone only gets turned off once a month or so.
        non-biased
    • RE: Android security becomes opportunity for McAfee

      @owlnet
      I fully agree that phones are no way to go for 100% safe browsing on any of the networks. however.....how many of you also notice that MCAFEE DOES NOT pick up half the virus' and rootkits it should. I only use DR. WEB, and have never had any problems getting rid of ANY virus. Im just saying that maybe MCAFEE should step up there software before hopping on as one of the first companies to travel to smartphones. not to mention.....what happens if your data gets breached....WILL MCAFEE BE HELD RESPONSIBLE. or will it be blamed on the PASSWORDS that we choose. either way, i just dont trust letting a single device on a centralized network have that much control over evrything, when MCAFEE claims to "SECURE" all of your most sensitive data. We all have more data on our phones that would be devastating if we lost it; not so much our PC's at home. if we cant close all of the loopholes that are already in place....how do we expect to close new ones any faster. focus on current issues for a while. force the hacker and cracker communities to try something new, so they wont keep bending us over in the same places and at the same times. STEP UP YOUR GAME MCAFEE BEFORE I INVEST ANOTHER DIME INTO YOUR SOFTWARE.
      jokerkmk@...
  • RE: Android security becomes opportunity for McAfee

    Or just get it for free from AVG. Their Android solution work just fine...
    JackD33
    • Or Lookout Mobile Security...also free

      :)
      DevJonny
  • ePolicy Orchestrator integration

    OK, but how will the Android app integrate with ePolicy Orchestrator for enterprise deployments?
    Your Non Advocate
  • RE: Android security becomes opportunity for McAfee

    $30 a year! Screw that. What a joke.
    WindowWasher
  • I'll Make Sure I'll Avoid It

    If their mobile software works as well as their PC software, then I'm definitely NOT there.

    I don't need my smartphone turned into a brick, like they turned my computer into a doorstop.
    CptMatt
    • RE: Android security becomes opportunity for McAfee

      @CptMatt Agree 100% with you on the McAfee Bloatware Andriod. If it performs like my desk top they will have to pay me to use it.
      Warpdriver
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    MuratCan
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