App Alert Beta: McAfee Introduces Android Security Solution
Article by George Norman
On 21 Sep 2011
McAfee, company that specializes in providing security software solutions for home and business users, has recently rolled out a security solution for the Google-developed Android operating system. Called App Alert and currently in Beta, the security solution can protect Android-powered smartphones as well as Android-powered tablets.

When the app launches, it scans the apps the user installed and informs him if the apps have access to personal data (contacts, message content, calendar, photos, and so on), if the apps use hardware sensors (microphone, camera, location mechanisms), if the apps can intercept various events, (calls, messages, key presses, and so on), and if the apps can transmit data to or from the device and what type of data connection they use.

Advertising

Once the app’s done with scanning the device, it assigns a graphical privacy access rating for each app reports access level detail; it uses a proprietary formula developed by McAfee. Based on that report you can then decide if you want to uninstall an app that seems shady or trust an app if you know it’s legit.

As Director of Product Marketing at McAfee, Lianne Caetano, put it, App Alert Beta helps users figure out if an app they installed is misbehaving. “McAfee App Alert secures and preserves your privacy by providing intelligence about the apps on your Android device. Apps are individually analyzed and graded to show you how they are able to access, store, and transmit your personal data,” explained Caetano.

If you would like to get App Alert Beta, you can grab it free of charge from the Android Market here. It works with smartphones and tablets powered by Android 2.1 through 3.0.

In related Android security news, ESET announced back in August that its ESET Mobile Security for Android app moved from Beta to Release Candidate (RC) and Trend Micro announced earlier this month that Trend Micro Mobile Security Personal Edition has been released to the public.



Tags: Android, Security, McAfee, App Alert, Android Market, ESET, ESET Mobile Security for Android, Trend Micro, Trend Micro Mobile Security Personal Edition
About the author: George Norman
George is a news editor.
You can follow him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter

I Hope you LIKE this blog post! Thank you!
What do YOU have to say about this
blog comments powered by Disqus
Popular News
By George Norman on 17 Aug 2017
With the blockbuster movie season upon us, Sony decided to celebrate the occasion with a sale: the Attack of the Blockbusters Sale that offers discounts of up to 50% (60% if you’re a PlayStation Plus member) on a ton of PS4 video games.
By George Norman on 17 Aug 2017
Samsung’s new T5 portable solid-state drive (PSSD) uses the latest 64-layer V-NAND technology, offers between 250GB and 2TB of storage capacity, has a lightweight and shock-resistant design that’s smaller than the average business card, and delivers industry-leading transfer speeds of up to 540 MB/s.
Related News
By George Norman on 02 Aug 2017
Countless online articles have been published to help you squeeze as much battery life as possible from your smartphone, and many companies have come up with mobile apps that will help boost your phone’s battery life – including, as of recently, Kaspersky Lab.
By George Norman on 09 Aug 2017
Android started out as an underdog, as the mobile operating system that nobody took seriously. Big-name tech companies laughed it off and critics said it would fail miserably, but Android proved them all wrong and become the powerhouse that it is today.
By George Norman on 14 Aug 2017
Opera Max, the Android app that uses compression technology to help you save data and get up to 50% more from your data plan, has been discontinued. The app is no longer featured on Opera.com and it’s no longer listed on Google Play.
By George Norman on 10 Jul 2017
Did you know that life is easier on iPhone? Put down the pitchforks for a moment and let me explain. And put out those torches as well...
Sponsored Links
Hot Software Updates
Top Downloads
Become A Fan!
Link To Us!
App Alert Beta: McAfee Introduces Android Security Solution
HTML Linking Code