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McAfee announces free instant protection scan for mobile apps

Intel-owned McAfee scanner app gives smartphone owners the ability to see how much information their download apps have access to

By: Michael Hatamoto from May 20, 2014 @ 16:41 CDT

In an effort to help keep mobile users more secure, McAfee today announced the newest version of the McAfee Mobile Secure program that gives Google Android users a way to check apps that use data collection techniques. There is a growing need to try and keep mobile devices secure, especially with users granting access to a wide variety of personal information when installing apps.


Around 80 percent of mobile apps used today collect user location information, 82 percent know device ID information, and 57 percent track when devices are used, according to the McAfee Consumer Mobile Security Report. After a scan is complete, users are informed regarding how much information each app accesses and shares, and ranks the apps by privacy sensitivity.

"The personal data some apps collect can be beneficial to enhancing your mobile experience, however many apps are collecting more information than they need, putting your privacy and personal security at risk," noted Gary Davis, McAfee VP of consumer marketing, in a press statement. "McAfee Mobile Security is empowering users by letting them know exactly what information their apps are accessing, and helps them safeguard their identity and personal information."

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