In its annual Threats Predications report for 2013, security vendor McAfee says the development and deployment of increasingly sophisticated “ransomware” technologies that will lock up a mobile phone or tablet, and threaten to keep it that way until a ransom is paid, will be a prominent trend in 2013.
“The harsh reality of these schemes is that users have no way of knowing if their device will be unlocked even if they do meet the perpetrator's demands,” McAfee said in a release highlighting the report from its McAfee Labs group. “Since attackers hijack the users' ability to access data, victims will be faced with either losing their data [...]
Available for Android smartphones running Android 2.1 or higher, Verizon Mobile Security combines security capabilities of Asurion and McAfee.
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 [...]
The latest release is designed for Google Android-based smartphones and tablets as well as BlackBerry and Symbian smartphones. New features include McAfee App Alert, which McAfee says provides important information about what apps are doing with users’ personal information. Call and SMS filtering block unwanted numbers and spam texts. Behind the app is the McAfee Global Threat Intelligence network, which constantly analyzes global threat data to identify and quickly block new threats with over-the-air app updates, the company said.
Cost is $29.99 for new subscribers while it’s a free download update to current McAfee Mobile Security [...]
The beauty of the app is its simplicity. The app is clearly laid out and most actions can be sought and started in a few easy steps.
TabTimes found some of the most useful features to be the ability to lock the device, delete or restore contacts (either locally or even from your tablet’s linked email account), back-up data and agree to let the app have administrative rights.
This last function allows users to prevent the app from being uninstalled, enable factory data resets and monitor and act upon incorrect password attempts. Users can also introduce new ways of locking their device.
McAfee is currently offering a free 30-day trial on the app, which is [...]