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McAfee Offers Free Instant Protection Scan For Mobile Apps That Overshare Personal Information

Press Release   •   May 22, 2014 10:34 SGT

Santa Clara, CA / Singapore – May 22, 2014 – Today McAfee, part of Intel Security, announced the latest version of McAfee Mobile Security that now enables consumers to instantly run free privacy and security scans.  These scans allow users to identify apps that are oversharing personal information. It also scans for and removes malware and looks for other security threats. McAfee makes it simple for users to perform these scans as soon as the product is installed. McAfee Mobile Security also allows users to easily remove apps that pose significant risks.

According to McAfee’s Consumer Mobile Security Report, 80% of mobile apps today collect location information about users, 82% know the device ID, and 57% track when people use their phones.  Additionally, the apps that aggressively and often unnecessarily collect data leverage potentially dangerous ad libraries, and 35% of these apps contain malware.

“Smartphone users download apps so regularly that it is easy to forget how these apps collect information – at times even putting its users at risk,” said David Freer, Vice President, Consumer – APAC at McAfee, part of Intel Security. “Keeping this in mind, McAfee Mobile Security helps users better protect their personal information and inform them of the kind of information their apps have access to.”

McAfee Mobile Security’s privacy scan provides key intelligence about the apps users have installed on a smartphone or tablet.  The scan determines how much information each app is able to access and share, then ranks them by level of privacy sensitivity, while also checking for risky URL associations.  When an app behaves significantly different than others in its category, the level of risk is raised and reflected in its privacy sharing score. At the conclusion of the privacy scan the user can uninstall suspicious apps with one-click. 

The most worrisome permissions are apps that read users’ subscriber ID from their smartphones and tablets, anything that gets users’ precise location (as opposed to Wi-Fi network or cell tower), and anything that reads or tracks text messages that can contain private messages and information like online banking transaction authorizations.  To provide a deeper level of protection, the new version of McAfee Mobile Security instantly scans Android apps, files, SD cards and Internet downloads for malware using a method optimized for mobile to be light on resources and battery life.

McAfee Mobile Security

McAfee Mobile Security for Android is designed to prevent privacy invasions, data loss, identity theft and lost or stolen devices.  It includes anti-theft, antivirus, app protection, Web and Wi-Fi protection, along with call and SMS filtering. In AV-Test’s most recent effectiveness test for mobile security products, McAfee Mobile Security received a 100% detection score for the second time this year and was given a top ranking among the 30 vendors that participated in the independent test.  McAfee Mobile Security can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store.

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About McAfee

McAfee, part of Intel Security and a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), empowers businesses, the public sector, and home users to safely experience the benefits of the Internet. The company delivers proactive and proven security solutions and services for systems, networks, and mobile devices around the world. With its Security Connected strategy, innovative approach to hardware-enhanced security, and unique Global Threat Intelligence network, McAfee is relentlessly focused on keeping its customers safe. http://www.mcafee.com

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