Today McAfee, part of Intel Security, and LG Electronics announced that
the new LG G3 will come pre-installed with a version of McAfee Mobile
Security that includes a new anti-theft feature designed to protect
users from unauthorized factory resets. The Kill Switch provides users
the ability to disable their phones remotely in the event of device loss
or theft. The software allows content to be wiped to prevent personal
information from being compromised.
Smartphones have become a target for criminals of all types because of
the monetary value they hold and the vast amount of personal data
consumers store on them. According to Creighton University, Americans
spend about $580 million replacing stolen phones each year1.
The growing prevalence of malware is also a concern for mobile users. McAfee's
Consumer Mobile Security Report findings show that the total Android
"zoo" of mobile malware rose 197 percent between December 2012 and
"We are working with McAfee to offer a customized version of its
award-winning mobile security software that leverages built-in LG
capabilities to make security an integral part of LG G3," said Dr.
Ramchan Woo, head of smartphone planning division of LG. "The
implementation of the Kill Switch feature is just one of several
specific measures we are taking to ensure that our users can easily and
comprehensively protect themselves from the growing threat landscape,
both physical and online."
Through a multiyear global partnership, LG G3 is now equipped with a
distinct version of McAfee Mobile Security to provide users with an easy
and comprehensive way to protet themselves from security and privacy
threats and identity theft. Antivirus, data backup, remote lock and
wipe, and remote tracking are all available through the McAfee app for
five years at no cost.
The Kill Switch feature offers an added layer of protection by allowing
the user to retain control of the device even in the event it's lost or
stolen. The McAfee Mobile Security lock screen blocks factory resets and
rooting attempts, requires password authentication, and can be
controlled by the user from the device or the a web console.
"We are working with LG to build and implement unique security measures
that empower users to live a safer, worry-free digital life," said John
Giamatteo, senior vice president and general manager, McAfee consumer
business. "Partnering with global mobile leaders such as LG is one of
the many ways that we're working tirelessly to deliver innovative
solutions that enable safer mobile computing for consumers."
McAfee Mobile Security has been pre-installed and the Kill Switch
feature automatically activated on LG G3 phones starting May 28th.
All other LG users may download McAfee Mobile Security for free on the Google
McAfee Mobile Security
McAfee Mobile Security for Android is designed to prevent privacy
invasions, data loss, identity theft and lost or stolen devices. In AV-Test's
most recent effectiveness test for mobile security products, McAfee
Mobile Security received a 100% detection score for the second time this
year and was given a top ranking among the 30 vendors that participated
in the independent test.
McAfee, part of Intel Security and a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel
Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), empowers businesses, the public sector, and
home users to safely experience the benefits of the Internet. The
company delivers proactive and proven security solutions and services
for systems, networks, and mobile devices around the world. With its
Security Connected strategy, innovative approach to hardware-enhanced
security, and unique Global Threat Intelligence network, McAfee is
relentlessly focused on keeping its customers safe. http://www.mcafee.com
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1 Crieghton University: https://www.creighton.edu/publicrelations/newscenter/news/2014/april2014/april12014/duckworthkillswitchnr040114/
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