Smartphone apps gain added security, privacy features

Security vendor McAfee has released an updated version of its Mobile Security offering that now includes AppLock, a new feature focused on user privacy within their smartphone apps.

Designed as an all-inclusive security solution for Android smartphone and tablet users, McAfee Mobile Security also features an enhanced user interface. But AppLock is the main addition. Noting that most commonly used Android apps such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Gmail don’t always require a user to log in each time they’re launched, AppLock allows Android users to protect installed apps against misuse by locking them with the same PIN that’s tied to their McAfee Mobile Security account.

“From photos to emails to credit card numbers, our mobile apps hold invaluable data that is often left unprotected and vulnerable,” said Brenda Moretto, consumer sales manager at McAfee Canada, in a statement. “AppLock allows users to block nosy friends, thieves and hackers from invading their privacy and stealing personal information. And for parents whose children have access to their phones, it can be used to control which apps the little ones can access.”

A free trial of McAfee Mobile Security is available through Google’s app store, Google Play, and it can be purchased for $29.99 CDN. It’s also a free update for current McAfee Mobile Security subscribers.

Infographic courtesy McAfee.

Source | McAfee

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Jeff Jedras is a technology journalist with IT World Canada and a member of the IT Business team. He began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada and the channel for Computer Dealer News. His writing has also appeared in the Vancouver Sun & the Ottawa Citizen.

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