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Mobile ringfence thwarts smartphone theft

McAfee : 12 June, 2013  (New Product)
Smart Perimeter by McAfee creates a ring fence between mobile phones to alert users when breached in order to prevent loss or theft
Mobile ringfence thwarts smartphone theft

McAfee has released Smart Perimeter as part of the new McAfee Mobile Innovations app, which provides enhanced protection for consumers against lost or theft of mobile devices.  Smart Perimeter thwarts this activity by creating a perimeter that allows devices to track each other and alerts the user immediately when their Android smartphone or tablet moves out of the pre-defined range created among devices.

The Smart Perimeter feature, created jointly by Intel and McAfee, solves challenges associated with multi-device growth. The McAfee Mobile Innovations app is a free application that is available today in the Google Play marketplace.

According to recent research, 60% of US consumers own a smartphone and 39% own a tablet, and half of consumers say they would rather lose their purse or wallet than their smartphone. Despite that fact, a mere 20% of multiple device owners have security software on their smartphones and even fewer (13%) have security on their tablet.

“The McAfee Mobile Innovations app will help us to obtain users’ input on device and web security, as well as strengthen anti-theft and privacy measures to protect personal data,” said Lianne Caetano, director of consumer mobile product marketing at McAfee.

The suite of capabilities in McAfee Mobile Innovations app today addresses a variety of threats to users on mobile devices. Features include:

* Smart Perimeter – Prevents theft or loss of consumer devices by creating a perimeter that can enable devices to track each other and alerts the user immediately. By linking multiple devices together, users are alerted when they are separated by more than 30 feet via an alarm helping consumers to quickly identify and recover their devices.

* Safe QR Code Reader – Ensures QR codes are safe for browsing and alerts users of malicious codes at the point of scanning.

* Data Vault – PIN protects private photos, videos and documents from prying eyes, locally on devices (Note: The app user will be prompted to download McAfee Mobile Security — to use the data vault feature - no purchase is required).

The McAfee Mobile Innovations features are currently in public beta in English and will allow users to test and provide feedback via email or community forum to the McAfee Mobile Security team in order to shape and enhance future versions of the app.

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