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McAfee's award-winning security scan defends against the latest cyberthreats in your apps, Wi-Fi connection and files to prevent viruses, malware and ransomware from infecting your Android devices.
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In the past, cybercriminals focused mostly on hacking laptops and desktop computers. With today’s high usage of mobile devices, cybercriminals have shifted their intentions onto smartphones and tablets.
Cybercriminals know that consumers are using their mobile devices for banking, shopping, and interacting on social media. It’s no surprise, then, that cybercriminals are aiming their attacks on Android devices through the open network connections or malicious websites. Our personal privacy is now under attack.
Since Apple does not release its source code to app developers, the code on the iPhones and iPads cannot be modified by their owners. This is considered to be a “closed system” which is more difficult to hack; therefore, Apple’s iOS is considered to be the more secure of the two as explained by How-to Geek.
Android devices lend themselves to owners modifying its open-source code. This may cause a weakness in the device’s security, luring hackers to find it. And, since Android is popular on a global scale, it powers many mobile devices, enticing cybercriminals to figure out its vulnerabilities. Android devices, then, are more at risk of becoming victim to malware and viruses.
Like computers, Android devices may be susceptible to unwelcome spyware, malware, viruses, phishing and even ransomware that can hold your device hostage until you pay a fee. That’s why there’s McAfee Mobile Security — a powerful antivirus that can stop malicious viruses in their tracks. Along with unmatched protection, the app can also improve the overall ease of use of your device.
McAfee is one of the biggest names in software around the world, protecting users on a number of devices. With just one tap, users can scan their devices for dangerous or infected apps, giving you comprehensive protection against viruses, spyware and other harmful digital enemies.
The Android operating system is the most widely used in the world. Of course, this also means that it can be the most vulnerable. It’s important to have high functioning security apps and tools installed on your device to fend off predators that target Android due to its widespread usage.
Malware can infect your device via fake or harmful apps. These apps are often disguised in the Google Play store or sneak into third party apps without you knowing.
Tech Radar reports that Android often struggles with updating its security features, which makes it easy for hackers to invade. These updates are critical in fixing bugs or other vulnerabilities and close any entry points to cyberattackers. These delays in finding and updating security issues make it especially important that you install an antivirus that can quickly detect issues and protect your data.
The term “virus” is taken from the PC world, referring to a program that can replicate itself by latching onto another program. Android phones don’t get viruses in the technical sense, but they are vulnerable to malicious virus-like software that can wreak havoc on your system.
Though mobile “viruses” don’t actually replicate themselves, they can cause a whole host of problems like the ones mentioned above. Because of this, special antivirus software has been developed specifically for mobile devices to target these unique threats.
The primary role of an antivirus app is to scan other apps on your Android device and verify their status against a list of known compromised apps. The antivirus app also looks for “rooted” devices, where unauthorized users have accessed information on your device.
McAfee Mobile Security supports Android smartphones and tablets OS 4.2 and later including Android 10. Android Watch features are supported with OS 6 and later. Android 5.1.1/6.0 users must grant accessibility to enable Widget, App Lock, & Guest Mode. Thief-Cam and SIM-card lock features are not available on Android 10 (Q) devices.
McAfee Mobile Security is the ultimate protection for your mobile life that offers award-winning security and privacy protection for your mobile devices with three tiers to choose from based on your needs. Our mobile security product warns you about risky websites, phishing links and malicious apps so you can browse, shop and bank with confidence. When you’re connected to public hotspots or unsecure Wi-Fi, we’ll alert you, so you can connect to Wi-Fi Guard VPN and keep your data private. McAfee Mobile Security also protects your device if you lose it, allowing you to find it on a map, take a picture if someone tries to unlock it and wipe the data if it falls into the wrong hands.
Safe Web is available in the Standard and Plus plans.
Wi-Fi Guard VPN is only available in the Plus plan.
We’ve outlined the quick and easy steps to start protecting your Android device:
If you’re like most mobile device users, your Android phone contains a lot of your personal data: email, passwords, credit cards, phone numbers and GPS tracking to name a few. All of these things can be compromised by cyber attackers, so it’s essential to minimize any vulnerabilities. We’re making it easy to get the protection you deserve — take advantage of our free trial today and enjoy greater peace of mind every time you use your phone.
Visit the Google Play store and search for McAfee Mobile Security. From there you can download the app for free.
After you download McAfee Mobile Security for Android, follow the on-screen instructions to install the application. You can use your existing McAfee account email address and password, or you can select to create a new account. Your mobile device and data are then protected for as long as you subscribe to McAfee Mobile Security.
You can cancel your subscription purchased through our website by contacting customer support at service.mcafee.com. For purchases made on the Google Play Store you can cancel directly on your device.
No, McAfee Mobile Security Standard and Plus plans will only give you access to McAfee Mobile Security and entitled to only one device.
No. Your McAfee Mobile Security subscription can be used on only one device.
Yes, however, you must use the same account credentials. Ensure that you have all required credentials, including your McAfee email address and password, and the McAfee Mobile Security PIN, during activation.
At McAfee, we have seen a rapid growth in threats against mobile devices. Cybercriminals are attracted by the richness of data available from our mobile devices, such as banking credentials, photos, and sensitive personal information. That is why we put security at your fingertips providing peace of mind to you for your personal digital life. McAfee Mobile Security combines industry-leading security and award-winning antivirus with anti-theft protection into an all-encompassing integrated bundle, so you can prevent malicious activities, protect your online privacy, and recover from a lost or stolen device.
It’s scary to think that someone could hack into your phone, but even scarier that you might not even know it’s happening. Most malware attacks happen in stealth mode. You may unknowingly download a harmful app or provide your sensitive information. In many cases, users find out their phone has been hacked when they receive surprise charges.
This is why it’s so important to have an antivirus software working on your behalf. Antivirus apps scan your data and content to detect threats or issues.
If you don’t have an antivirus, there are a few signs and symptoms you can keep an eye out for:
Malware is a portmanteau of “malicious software”, which is software that’s designed for nefarious reasons. It steals money or information from the user, or may secretly take control of your device. It may track your location without you knowing, or take your files hostage and charge you a fee to get them back (this is referred to as ransomware).
There are several ways a harmful app can impact your device. Here are a few examples (but there are tons more!):
If you’ve gone through the above list of symptoms and some of them hit too close to home, you might have a virus. The good news is you’re not stuck living with its effects. Here’s how to scan your phone for viruses:
The short answer is yes, you can take a do it yourself approach to uninstalling malicious apps. Here’s how: