McAfee: Mobile Security

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McAfee: Prevent mobile security threats to Android in 2019

Protect your Android device from viruses and malware.

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What is McAfee: Mobile Security?

McAfee Mobile Security is one of the best antivirus and security tools available for Android. Its purpose is to keep your device secured at any time. This is done by providing different layers of security. Among the apps features are virus removal for android, antivirus agent, privacy tools and theft protection.

Start using Mobile Security on your Android

McAfee Mobile Security

Mobile Security by McAfee can be installed and used very easy. To start using the app in its full potential you've to grant it several permissions. Grant access to know apps installed on your phone, your specific location, let it read your contacts and phone number, and have access to your camera and storage. It will also need to permissions to modify system settings, change Wi-Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, start in background and display pop-up window. I know that the app requires access to significant number of permissions but this is how a security app can guard your device from all threats.

Get the most of McAfee Mobile Security

McAfee Mobile Security

Grant wide set of permission to you assure that your Android is protected from any attacks. Allow Accessibility permissions to instantly fix threats from the home screen widget. Turn on Draw over other apps to be able to lock sensitive apps so they're safe from prying eyes. The app can track and manage the amount of data your apps use by having App usage permissions allowed. It can also warn you against Wi-Fi threats when you allow it to use your Location.

McAfee Mobile Security free features

  • Device Lock Security and Thief Cam: This feature can be used to lock your device after 3 failed passcode attempts and use the selfie camera to take a picture of the person trying to unlock it.
  • Anti-Spyware: Prevents thieves from gaining access to your personal information and phishing you.
  • Remotely Wipe Data: Reset your phone to factory settings or just wipe your private data.
  • Locate, Track, and Alarm: Find your phone on a map, trigger alarm sound and track its location.
  • Anti-theft Uninstall Protection: The can can be locked so thieves can't uninstall it from your device.
  • Privacy Check: It shows how much personal info every app has access to.
  • Backup: The option to backup and restore your device.
  • Battery booster: Get the most of your battery.
  • Memory Booster: Free memory from background apps.
  • Storage Cleaner: Remove clutter and get more space.
  • Track Data Usage: See how much data your apps use.

How to scan your Android device with McAfee

McAfee Mobile Security

The first thing you can do with this app is to perform a scan of your smartphone. This can be done by tapping the blue square on the top of the app. When started the app will check if your Wi-Fi and apps are safe. This is a real quick scan but will give you sufficient information of your security status.

Deep scan apps and files for viruses

McAfee Mobile Security

Mobile Security can perform a Deep scan of your device's contents. It scan all apps and files found in your internal and external storage. If any threat are found McAfee with alert you. If you scan is complete and your apps and files look good, there is nothing to worry about.

Why to scan your device?

Scanning for viruses and other threats keeps your device and data safe. McAfee will regularly scan your device and warn you when virus or a threat is found, so you can remove it. Viruses can steal your personal or financial info, hold your data for ransom, spy on your device, and make calls or send spam from your device.

Get to know your scan info

McAfee Mobile Security

The Scan Info will give you all information from performed scans. If the scan has found some viruses or threats here is the place to look them. Be sure to have always updated virus definitions to ensure full protection. Virus definitions helps the app to find the latest threats during a scan. You can setup many setting about scanning process. They include:

  • Real-time scan - Enable or disable it to automatically scan your device based on scan options.
  • Scheduled-time scan - Set a date and time to scan your device.
  • Auto update - Set a date and time to check for updates of virus definitions.
  • Scan options - Scan all apps of chosen ones. Scan potentially unwanted programs. These are app apps that access your private info without your knowledge. Scan all files in your internal and external storage.
  • Notification - Be notified about malicious apps and files.

How to find your stolen Android device

McAfee Mobile Security

Anti-theft solution from McAfee can help your protect and recover your phone if it is stolen or lost. If you device is lost you can go to your McAfee Mobile Security web account to find it, lock it, wipe it and more. You can set a variety of options to protect your phone from thieves:

  • Thief protection - Activate device administrator to fully protect your device and your privacy. To do this you've to go to Settings > Security > Device Administrators > McAfee Security and activate it as device administrator.
  • S. O. S. - Automatically saves your device's location when you battery is low.
  • Thief Cam - Sends a photo and location of anyone who tries to break into your device or app.
  • Auto-lock - Lock your device when its SIM card is removed or network connection is lost.
  • Lock alarm - Sets off an alarm when you lock your device using McAfee Mobile Security.
  • Airplane mode lock - Locks your device automatically when it is set to Airplane mode.
  • Change lock message - Edit the message your device displays when it's locked.
These settings will give you control and prevention against thieves. You will be able to perform all actions to locate, lock or track your device from web. If you want to lock your Android device make sure that you remember the 6-digit PIN you've created when starting using the app. This way you'll be able to unlock you device. Otherwise it can stay locked and you may have to reset it to factory settings.

Locate your Android phone with McAfee

McAfee Mobile Security

Finding your phone is easy like a child game if you have enabled locating your device in Anti-theft protection. If your device is stolen, you can locate it on a map or by using a text message. Here is how to locate your phone in 5 steps:

  1. Sign in to McAfee Mobile Security website.
  2. Click Locate
  3. Locate device to see current location of your device.
  4. 1 hour - track your device's location on a map for one hour.
  5. 6 hours - track your device's location on a map for six hour.

How to turn on Theft protection

McAfee Mobile Security

Theft protection helps protect your phone or tablet if it falls into the wrong hands. You can perform Remote factory settings to return your device to its default factory settings so a thief can't get your data. The Thief cam takes photo of anyone using the wrong password to unlock your McAfee Mobile Security or Android lock screens. The Theft protection is turned on by default. If you want to turn it off follow these 4 steps:

  1. Go to your device Settings.
  2. Select Security, then Device administrators.
  3. Turn off McAfee Security and enter your McAfee Mobile Security PIN.
  4. Deactivate device administrator

How to use McAfee's Thief Cam

McAfee Mobile Security

If someone has your device, Thief Cam will email you a photo of the person holding your device and their location. It works in these ways:

  • It's automatically set to turn on if anyone tries to break into your it using the wrong PIN, pattern, or password more than 3 time in a row (this number can be changed in settings).
  • You can turn it on by visiting your web account.
  • Make sure that you've set up device administrator and Android screen lock for this feature to work.

How to boost the performance of your device

McAfee Mobile Security

Memory Booster is another cool feature from this app. It lets you improve performance by freeing up memory from background apps. With a single tam you can clean memory by closing your open apps.

Improve your battery life

McAfee Mobile Security

Battery Booster is a tool to get more time with your phone by improving its battery life. Get more from your battery by closing apps and turning off settings that drain power. You can toggle on and off brightness, auto sync, screen timeout, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and vibration. Turning off these can greatly impact your battery life. Some of the Battery Booster settings include:

  • Auto Extend - When your battery level is low, you can turn off vibration, set screen brightness to auto and screen timeout to 15 seconds.
  • Set Auto Extend Battery Level - Set the desired percentage of battery at which the Auto extend shall be enabled.
  • Sync control - Reduce how often your apps and services check for new info.

Clean your phone and free some space

McAfee Mobile Security

Storage Cleaner is another feature to remove clutter and get more space. It scans your smartphone for app caches files, photo and video thumbnails. You can also view all the space each app takes on your device and uninstall it. Downloaded files are also inspected and sorted by size for your convenience.

Ensure Safe Wi-Fi environment

McAfee Mobile Security

This option lets you see if your Wi-Fi network is safe. When performing a scan of your device it also check the status of your Wi-Fi. This way you can connect with confidence to any Wi-Fi. Safe Wi-Fi warns you when you connect to unsafe or unprotected network. This way you will know when your privacy is at risk. The tool with alarm when your Wi-Fi is hacked or let you learn when your Wi-Fi has no password or encryption.

Privacy checker for Android apps

McAfee Mobile Security

Privacy Check is awesome feature that rates your apps based on how much personal info they access and share. With this measurement you can know better how to protect your privacy. You can trust only the apps you know well, and uninstall the apps you're not sure about. This tool lets you view each app's Data Exposure. It is based on how much personal info an app access and shares compared to other similar apps. You can also view detailed info about what permissions and ad libraries (this is the hidden code in an app that uses your personal info to show you customized ads) each app uses.

Don't forget to backup your device

McAfee Mobile Security

Backup your device is essential to protect and save you data. McAfee can protect your personal info in case your device is lost, stolen, or damaged. Remember to back up your data when you start using the app. This way you can restore it in case of emergency. You can backup contacts for free, but for media and other stuff you've to buy the Pro version.

Track Data Usage

McAfee Mobile Security

Tracking Data Usage is great too so see how much mobile data your apps use. You can view data for daily usage or historical ones for the current month. There are option to view downloads and uploads data for specific app. You can also set data limit to prevent running off mobile data.

Get your Activity Report

McAfee Mobile Security

McAfee will give you overall Activity report of how it protects your device. It consists of security scan reports, privacy check reports, and status of your battery, backup and GPS. This way you can know how many threats has been removed and how much memory is freed up.

Get professional protection with McAfee Mobile Security

McAfee Mobile Security

Aside from all these free features McAfee has a Pro version with some cool stuff inside. It is has monthly and yearly plans with 7-day free trials. Available are Standard and Plus plans and the only difference in them is the option to backup media if you pay for a Plus plan. McAfee Mobile Security Pro has following features:

  • Wi-Fi Guard: Get privacy and protection from hackers with secure VPN technology. Bank, shop, and email worry-free - even on public Wi-Fi.
  • Safe Web: Block dangerous websites and links that can steal your personal info.
  • App Lock: Sharing your device? Lock up sensitive apps and control what your guests see on your device.
  • No Ads: Get great security app without the ads.
  • Media Backup: Keep your memories safe. Back up your photos and videos to the cloud.

Overall impressions

McAfee Mobile Security is great virus removal tool for Android. It provides complete antivirus protection for your smartphone or tablet. You can learn more about it at McAfee Mobile Security's website or het support here.

It's been nearly 2 years of safe and secure usage of the free version of McAfee Security. I have seen and used numerous versions of this app, each better than the previous. To me McAfee Security have proved that they know what they are doing. I also now require the additional tools that one doesn't receive with the free version so that's why I have subscribed to the pro version. I think that I had a pretty good run on the free version, so I will see if the paid for version really is worth it.

- Roderick McSwan
Editor Veselin Nedeff Editor
Veselin Nedeff
Requirements Require Android 4.2 and up
Categories Productivity, personal, security, antivirus,
Size 29M
Version 5.20
Release Date Jul 18, 2019
Author McAfee LLC
Downloads 338


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