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McAfee updates Mobile Security app to use approved apps list

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Mon Aug 20 2012, 12:34
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SECURITY OUTFIT McAfee has updated its Android Mobile Security app to include a list of approved apps.

McAfee's Mobile Security app for Android smartphones had previously warned users of what permissions were being given to apps and scanned for malware. Now the firm has updated the app to contact a database of approved apps.

According to McAfee the Mobile Security app checks with the firm's Global Threat Intelligence Network to report what data the app might be sending out. Just as before, the firm said the app also warns users about the permissions requested by the app, though Google already offers some of that information on its Google Play app store.

Luis Blando, VP of engineering at McAfee said, "Android apps can ask for 124 types of permissions-these apps could be invading your privacy and exposing your personal life. 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. Whether selecting new apps, shopping online, browsing social networks or employing mobile banking, McAfee Mobile Security protects the mobile user with security that is as simple as it is powerful."

Like almost every computer security software company, McAfee didn't hesitate in doom mongering, claiming it has seen "an increase in threats targeting Android devices". Surprisingly the firm provides good advice to Android users, suggesting they should research apps and their publishers before hitting install and only use reputable app stores.

Given that McAfee charge an eyewatering $30 for its Mobile Security app, users might want to brush up on Google's built-in permissions guide rather than buy what must be one of the most expensive apps on Google Play. µ


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