Tuesday, 21 August 2012 11:04

McAfee upgrades Android privacy protection in new Mobile Security

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A new version of McAfee Mobile Security helps Android device users keep control of their personal information.

Rather than simply reporting on app permissions, the new version of McAfee Mobile Security also uses a reputation database to check the possible destinations of data sent by apps.

This helps to prevent data being delivered to adware and spyware networks, according to company officials.

They also pointed out that comScore has found 33% of apps ask for more permissions than they need to perform the stated functions, and that according to the University of California Berkeley 97% of users do not understand the relationship between permissions and risks.

"Android apps can ask for 124 types of permissions - these apps could be invading your privacy and exposing your personal life," said Luis Blando, vice president of engineering, McAfee.

"With McAfee Mobile Security, consumers can now filter their App Alert notifications to just those apps that are using permissions of interest or concern to the user."

Other features include malware detection, 'safe surfing', SMS filtering, and anti-theft measures.

The $29.95 McAfee Mobile Security is available from Google Play, and also from McAfee's site which allows a free trial.

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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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