Verizon Wireless aims to address security concerns related to Google’s Android operating with a new Mobile Security app designed for Android smartphones.
Among other features, the app gives users the ability to remotely locate, alarm, lock and wipe data from a misplaced or lost Android device.
Verizon Wireless is offering three options starting with a free set of basic security features that's available via the Google Play store:
Verizon Mobile Security Basic – Provides antivirus protection, powered by McAfee, to detect viruses and malware, and McAfee SiteAdvisor to identify and warn users of suspicious websites. You’ll need to be on a Verizon Wireless data plan, but otherwise there is no cost to download Security Basic.
Verizon Mobile Security Premium – Includes the security features of Verizon Mobile Security Basic, as well as McAfee App Alert, which delivers information about which apps have the ability to access, store or transmit data to or from the device.
Cost is for $1.99/month per line. Verizon Mobile Security Premium also provides recovery features from Asurion that allow customers to remotely locate, alarm, lock or wipe data from a lost or misplaced device using their My Verizon accounts.
Verizon Mobile Security Premium with Total Equipment Coverage – Customers with Total Equipment Coverage can add Verizon Mobile Security Premium for $1/month per line.
Total Equipment Coverage combines the benefits of Asurion’s Wireless Protection Plan for lost, stolen, and damaged devices, and Verizon Wireless’ Extended Warranty for mechanical or electrical defects after the manufacturer's warranty expires.