Mobile devices nowadays are larger than life: We take them to work, the grocery store, the doctor’s office, and pretty much anywhere else we want to stay connected. We use them from the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed. We browse the web, snap photos, check our email, even deposit checks to our banks through our smartphones and tablets. Mobile devices have made our lives convenient and connected, but with that availability of information our identity and privacy are also constantly on the move with us.
As our lives have gone increasingly mobile, so too have hackers and identity thieves. According to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Press Office, 1.6 million Americans fell victim to smartphone theft in 2012, with stolen phones costing consumers more than $30 billion. In addition to increased phone theft, there have also been significant increases in mobile threats such as viruses and spyware.
To address these growing concerns, McAfee has updated its McAfee® Mobile Security, which now offers enhanced privacy and backup features. This award-winning software provides protection against some of the latest threats to mobile security, including risky apps, location-tracking services, and Trojans such as Obad.a, which runs in the background on your phone. Now available in both basic and premium versions, McAfee Mobile Security allows you to specify data protection and security preferences, further enhancing the protection of your mobile device.
While mobile security can seem cumbersome when it comes to the convenience of using mobile devices, it’s critical to understand the severity of the threats currently targeting smartphones and tablets, and to be proactive about your devices’ safety. McAfee Mobile Security answers those concerns directly through minimal battery and memory demands and ease of use—all while working quietly around the clock to make sure your information is secure.
McAfee Mobile Security Basic gives you the flexibility to remotely manage your device from anywhere. Track your phone or tablet’s location and set off alarms that will help you either locate it or notify someone that your phone is lost. Also, you can backup and restore your contacts and text messages through this free app.
Additionally, with the premium version you’ll get up-to-the-minute protection from viruses, spyware and phishing scams:
- Close the door on risky apps and leering eyes. With McAfee Mobile Security, you will know which apps are asking for more access than needed, have the ability to share your apps safely with a selected audience, and filter out any unwanted spam.
- Remotely lock and wipe your personal information protecting downloads, contacts, and media on your device from being accessed by a stranger in possession of your phone.
- Stay virus free while browsing, texting, and downloading as the app constantly scans and monitors your mobile activity, and tackles all potential dangers before they become actual issues.
- Stay up to date on the latest threats and suspicious apps through the McAfee Mobile Security cloud. We assess several factors in determining app safety including: the reputation of an app and its developer as well as the store where the app is sold, inspects it for malware, and looks at its category, age, and usage.
McAfee Mobile Security is simple to manage and promises maximum protection for all of your personal data. For more information about this new product visit us online. And for the latest updates on consumer threats and mobile security, follow us on Twitter at @McAfeeConsumer and on Facebook and tell us what you think!