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Verizon has just launched a mobile security service powered by McAfee with a whole bunch of useful security tools. The free version provides protection against spyware keyloggers, and potentially harmful sites that are visited in the native Android browser. For $1.99/month (or $1/month if you have Total Equipment Coverage already) you gets you remote tracking, audible alarm sounding, locking, and wiping, along with App Alert, which flags apps that are accessing personal data. 

While I'm not personally concerned about viruses in the traditional PC sense, there's plenty of malware out there that's worth protecting against in some form or another. How do you guys make sure your personal data is safe from malicious apps? Is it worth paying a monthly fee for protection?

Head on over to Verizon for more information or to sign up for Verizon Mobile Security.

 
There are 20 comments

radgatt says:

Can they fix the my Verizon app instead?

moosc says:

What is wrong with my Verizon? It works as advertised

radgatt says:

The widget doesn't auto update like it used to.

BIGsinner says:

Why should I pay for this when Avast Mobile does the same thing for free?

tailsthecat3 says:

Security software is unnecessary. Just like task killers/managers, etc. But good for them taking money from idiots.

icebike says:

Exactly.

Considering what a mess McAffee makes of Windows, and what a performance penalty it imposes, why in the hell would you want this on your phone?

Yes an occasional bad-app might slip thru into the Play store. But Google can fix this any time they want by allowing users to manage the permissions the app may use.

Don't want it accessing your contacts, uncheck that box. If some game app can't run without access to your contacts, you probably don't want it.

gaguy says:

It's kind of a broad statement saying "Security software is unnecessary". Do you mean it's unnecessary for you given your situation, or unnecessary for everyone?

As an example, in my line of work we write software for handheld devices and a lot of businesses in our industry have a strict policy against Android due to security concerns. The fact is, there are a lot of users that don't pay close attention to or simply don't understand what they download. Those users benefit from security software.

*I* even am hesitant as to which apps I download due to some (Probably for a valid reason) requesting questionable privileges. The fact is, it's very easy for someone to write an android app that asks for a specific privilege that is justifiable for that app but use the privilege for harm. Even if Google is made aware of the app, the damage could already be done to thousands of devices (Or more) before it can be removed.

In my opinion, the Play Store should have the option for apps to be reviewed by a third party (Google or other) and marked as safe. Users will then have the option to choose weather or not they want to trust apps that aren't and enterprises can choose weather or not their users have that option on work devices. I don't think going to the extent that Apple has taken is the right direction, but as is now, Android is not as safe as most would like to believe.

MrSmith317 says:

I'm going to agree with the "elitists" above. You can't drive unless you pass a test showing that you've learned to do so properly. You can't operate on another human being without years of study and testing. Yet, you can give away a decent chunk of your money and conceivably the money of others on a PC/smart phone without knowing a darn thing about them. McAfee is horrible for everything it touches. The good AV/Security applications don't bog down your PC/phone. They make it faster.

From an end user standpoint, if you're scared to download something, then don't. Better safe than sorry. If you absolutely need that adult app or that specific GTA IV clone then understand that it comes with risks. Risks that are not Google's fault or the fault of the phone manufacturer. The blame is squarely on the person that clicked "install".

/soapbox

glazedfaith says:

First of all, let me say that I agree with most of what you're saying. But your driving test, med school, PC/smartphone analogy is absolutely idiotic and makes you look bad. The only, and I do mean only, reason you have to go to school or take a test to drive a car or perform delicate surgical procedures on a human being, is because when you do either of those things, you wield power over the life of at least one, if not many, other human beings.

That being said, I completely agree that the installer should beware of any risks involved with installing an app, but security software is not a bad idea for everyone; McAfee, on the other hand, is a name that I would never want to see on any device I own ever again.

gaguy says:

I'll first say that I agree that McAfee is a bad choice and I'd never put it on any device (PC, Mobile, etc). That being said, the comment I was originally responding to stated "Security software is unnecessary" and I personally believe under many circumstances, it is necessary and named one in my response. Enterprise business can be a large part of Androids user base and companies feeling like they can't trust (Without some software on the device to lock it down, such as a security app) the operating system as it is, is not good for Android.

bdbraaten says:

Lookout Mobile security gives me the features I'm looking for (remote tracking and remote alarm if lost) and doesn't charge for it. Why would I pay Verizon for it instead?

moosc says:

Battery killer first McAfee bundles with your PC and now they take control of phones. Stick with lookout and you'll b fine.

KTMKTM says:

More bloatware.

dozx says:

Kaspersky for me. They have a free version. I would never use McAfee on my PC, sure not putting it on my phone. Besides, if it works like other Verizon apps, I would just disable it too. Does anyone use VZ Navigator? I didn't think so....

Losingit says:

Yet another app/feature that Verizon will sell to the un-educated smart phone users out there. Next thing you know Verizon will add a new surcharge to any new smart phone to help pay for "app development and improvement" for these types of apps/features.

dscribe says:

Verizon employ reads this and says, "Wow, what a great idea! I think I'll suggest that!"

XenIneX says:

McAffee? On my phone? Oh yeah, sign me up for some of that...

DO NOT WANT.

rgeezy91 says:

they better make sure they specify for high end devices because low range android phones wouldn't be able to cope with a memory hog like that.

typhon62 says:

I wouldn't put McAfee on my PC or phone if they paid ME $10 a month. If I had $10 for every McAfee messed up computer that I've tried to fix over the years...

Its not just McAfee, its all the big take complete control over your system security suites out there.

pank says:

If you pay for the insurance you already have all the lost phone features of this for free
https://www.mymobilerecovery.com/public/verizon/index.html

Download the mobile recovery app, it has lock, wipe, sound, etc. that is all included with your asurion plan...
If you still want the virus/malware protection get Lookout or some other free app that does the same thing.