McAfee modifies security services for mobile devices

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 29 June 2011, 11:29 Hrs
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Bangalore: McAfee today announced that it's extending its mobile device portfolio for consumers with McAfee Mobile Security and McAfee Wave Secure Tablet Edition. These mobile device offerings change the mobile security landscape by offering security safeguards that help consumers secure their mobile devices for personal use, commerce and work.

According to a mobile security report released last week by McAfee and Carnegie Mellon University titled, Mobility and Security: Dazzling Opportunities, Profound Challenges, respondents named their top three security concerns to be the loss of personal or work data through the accidental loss of a device, physical theft of the device, or loss of their data due to their device crashing. In addition, close to half of all respondents said they were using their smartphones both for personal use and work, demonstrating that consumers want more than just personal device security.

McAfee Mobile Security software, available for both smartphones and tablets, provides a comprehensive mobile security solution by combining three leading McAfee mobile security products: WaveSecure, VirusScan Mobile and SiteAdvisor for Android. It is ideal for users who want protection for their data and privacy in the event of loss or theft, protection against the growing threats of viruses and spyware targeting mobile devices as well as protection from Web based threats, such as phishing sites that probe for personal and sensitive information.

With McAfee Mobile Security, consumers can now access the following features and functionality in a single download:

Back-up and restore data to help protect sensitive information and irreplaceable photos. Even if the device is missing, it can be backed up before it is wiped clean of information.

Protection against misuse (such as excessive phone charges) as well as safeguarding personal data with remote locking capabilities

An audible alarm to help users find the device or disrupt a thief, and or pop-up a notification with instructions for returning the device

Remotely remove data from a lost or stolen device via the McAfee Web portal, mobile Web portal or via a SMS message from a buddy device

24/7 real-time anti-malware protection against viruses, worms and spyware, Trojan horses and battery sapping malware

Protection from malicious Web sites, phishing, identity theft, and credit card fraud when shopping online. Site Advisor software for Android provides color coded site ratings appear right next to the search results, allowing Android users to confidently browse and search the mobile Web.

Management of mobile device protection allows consumers to quickly execute needed security tasks, backup, locate, wipe, etc.via the McAfee Web portal and simple device interface

All backed by McAfee Labs with its 24/7 global presence and dedicated team of threat researchers
The WaveSecure Tablet Edition offers Android users with WiFi the ability to find their missing device with alarm and location tracking, prevent misuse with remote lock and wipe and preserve important memories and personal data with remote backup, even from a lost or misplaced device. Users can also trigger an audible alarm to help them find the device or disrupt a thief, and send a brief SMS message with instructions for returning it.

"With device growth eclipsing PCs, consumers need tools to not only protect their personal information, but also to provide safeguards for business data should they decide to use that device for work," said Todd Gebhart, senior vice president and general manager of consumer, small business and mobile, McAfee. It's far too easy to leave a mobile device in a cab or at the airport, which can mean lost photos, contacts and other important content. Also, the threats to mobile devices are in many ways the same as in the online world. Beyond device lost or theft, users can be hacked, infected or phished on a mobile device just as easily as they can online.

McAfee Mobile Security and Wave Secure software are available in the following languages; Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, French (European and Canadian), German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Swedish, Spanish (European and Mexican) and Russian. McAfee Mobile Security software is available as an annual subscription of $29.99 USD per year from McAfee and the Android Market. McAfee Wave Secure software is available as an annual subscription of $19.99 USD from McAfee and the Android Market.

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