MCAFEE Mobile Security Application


MCAFEE Mobile Security Application

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MCAFEE – Overview:

As a part of Intel Security, McAfee, Inc. is an american global computer security software company that is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and also the world’s largest dedicated security technology company. McAfee became a wholly owned secondary of Intel on 28th feb, 2011. 

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MCAFEE, considered as one of the better performing android mobile security application, when need ed in the mobile, have to go for registering via the SIM and on a tablet, MCAFEE mobile security application asks to provide the email address and additionally, insists to create a device-access PIN that allows to access the tablet remotely through a web portal, locate and track it. MCAFEE mobile security application’s data backup and recovery is handled smoothly and the online portal allows to view what the apps are accessing and changing. MCAFEE mobile security application’s  Web Protection module comes with blacklisted unsafe sites that helps to make surfing safer.     MCAFEE mobile security application’s initial scan was extensive with more than 35,000 items and includes a separate app protection module groups installed apps by the type of information, so that it can access the device in a neat way of highlighting the risks that has been agreed when installing the android apps.
Out of 102 installed apps in the device, MCAFEE mobile security application raised 29 apps to check it to either trust or remove. MCAFEE mobile security application scans risky sites, checks access to and ability to make calls and share personal data, checks emails and contacts as insisted. 

In the MCAFEE mobile security application, media backup is supported as the usual contact backup option but there’s also an auto-backup option to sync everything once a day when the tablet is being charged. It is found that MCAFEE mobile security application alone seems to restore the contacts when compared to other mobile security applications.
MCAFEE mobile security application comes with device lock and remote wipe but there is no locating feature mentioned on a map. MCAFEE mobile security application’s smartphone version is bundled with adds call and SMS filtering features.                                                                                                                    top 

MCAFEE – Features:

  • Exclusive MCAFEE Active Protection technology
  • Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware
  • Two-Way Firewall
  • MCAFEE SiteAdvisor
  • Scan Time
  • Memory Utilization
  • Installation
  • Home Screen
  • Idle Timer & Scheduler
  • Alert System
  • MCAFEE QuickClean
  • MCAFEE Shredder
  • Disk Defragmenter                                                                                                          top

MCAFEE – Highlights:

  • Keeps precious and personal device safe
  • Antivirus scanner
  • Uninstall protection
  • Preserve your privacy
  • Multi-User App Profiles
  • App Alert
  • App Lock
  • Call and SMS Filter
  • Find and protect your phone if lost or stolen
  • Locate
  • Lock
  • Remote Wipe
  • Backup and Restore
  • CaptureCam
  • S.O.S
  • Wi-Fi Security
  • Web Protection                                                                                                    top

MCAFEE – Technical Details:

General Features
Publisher MCAFEE
Publisher web site
Release Date
September 24, 2014
Date Added
September 24, 2014
Security Software
Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 8, Windows XP
Additional Requirements
File Size
File Name
Security Type
Mobile Security
Security Features
Antivirus Protection
Malware Protection
System Monitor
System Requirements
1 GHz processor or higher
800 × 600 or higher resolution
256 MB RAM or higher for Windows XP (512 MB recommended)
512 MB RAM for Vista/Windows 7 (2GB recommended)
200 MB of available free drive space
Internet connection
Supported Operating Systems
Windows XP (32-bit) with Service Pack 2 (SP2) or higher
Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit)
Windows 7 and 8
License Model
Free to try
30-day trial
Total Downloads
Downloads Last Week
Wholly owned subsidiary
Security software
John McAfee
2821 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, California, United States
Area served
Key people
Michael DeCesare
Data Protection, Database Security, Email & Web Security, Endpoint Protection, Mobile Security, Network Security, Risk & Compliance, Security-as-a-Service (Security SaaS), Security Management, Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
Min Space
Supported Browsers
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or later
Optional: Mozilla Firefox 2 or later
Online Management Portal Browser Support
Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher
Firefox 3.5 or higher
Safari 3.0 or higher

MCAFEE – Setup and Interface:


MCAFEE Mobile Security Application – Setup and Interface

MCAFEE mobile security application’s setup is just like a breeze as it can be installed via the Google Play app store or McAfee website that will eventually lead back to Google Play app store. Once the installation is over, the program will ask the user to create a 6-digit PIN, through which some of the MCAFEE’s privacy features can be modified and regulated. After this, the app gets permission to become a device administrator and with this permission, the app can then be a authorized for:

  • the screen-unlock password
  • track incorrect unlock attempts
  • performs a quick factory reset (anti-theft protection)
    MCAFEE mobile security application’s home screen looks busier than the other mobile security apps. This app comes with many features and presents a lot of information. The screen contains five main buttons:
  • Security
  • Privacy
  • Web Security
  • Backup
  • Find Device.
    On tapping on any of these buttons, three buttons can be seen:
  • a gear for settings
  • an “i” for information
  • a question mark that links to a very thorough help page.
    MCAFEE mobile security application is the only mobile-security app that offers access to its customer-support documentation.                                                                                                 top

MCAFEE – Detection and Performance:


MCAFEE Mobile Security Application – Detection and Performance

When compared to other mobile antivirus applications, MCAFEE mobile security application scored highest for the combined protection and usability in the tests that were conducted by German lab AV-Test.
MCAFEE mobile security application comes with 100% detection of the 2,191 pieces of malware AV-Test whereas Avast Mobile Security & Antivirus came with the scores such as 99.4 % and 98.7 %.
When tested by downloading the well-known EICAR test virus into Samsung Galaxy S4 via the Chrome browser. MCAFEE mobile security application allowed to download the file but when scanning process was initiated, MCAFEE mobile security application reported the file as potentially malicious. This is the only app that give warnings immediately as soon as when tried to download EICAR file. After detecting the malware, MCAFEE mobile security application provided a detailed report about the scanning of the file and gave the way whether to keep or remove the test malware.
It is noted that the Samsung Galaxy S4 achieved a big performance hit while running a malware scan with MCAFEE mobile security application. Before installing MCAFEE mobile security application, it is recorded that the smartphone scored of about 2,145 on Geekbench 3 that rised to 2,293 after the app was installed. Full scanning process takes about full three minutes.
When compared to other mobile-security apps, MCAFEE mobile security application slowed the smartphone down the most with a performance hit of only 130 points from 2,166 down to 2,036 that is followed by Avast with 626, Norton with 656 and Kaspersky with 774.                                                                                    top

MCAFEE – Anti-theft and Data protection:

MCAFEE mobile security application’s anti-theft features are situated under the Find Device tab and the options included are:

  • Locate – find the phone or tablet via GPS
  • Lock – lock the screen by using the MCAFEE PIN
  • CaptureCam – takes a device picture of its user with its front-facing camera
  • Wipe – delete all the user data.
    The mentioned features can be activated through the MCAFEE Web portal, except CaptureCam, that takes a photo automatically after too many failed unlock attempts or sends a lock message to the phone and someone would be responds to it. The app also sends CaptureCam photos to the email address that had been registered with MCAFEE account.
    MCAFEE mobile security application’s unique feature called “Buddy List” lets to specify the people to whom to to be notified about the device lost and who will serve as backups in case if the PIN is forgotten.
    MCAFEE mobile security application’s backup tab allows to take back up files to MCAFEE’s cloud servers and also takes back ups of the:
  • text messages
  • call logs
  • contacts
  • media files – photos and videos.
    Additionally, the data can also be restored from the cloud to the device or wipe the user data from the phone or tablet.                                                                                                                top

MCAFEE – Download:

Google play

Click on Google Play

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