Intel Security has announced that it will deliver its McAfee Mobile Security software pre-installed in the first Samsung smartphones running the Tizen open-source operating system. The latest version of McAfee Mobile Security for Android, iOS and Tizen devices enables consumers to run instant privacy and security scans, as well as allowing users to easily remove the apps that may pose the most significant risks.
According to Intel Security, their recent research has found that the manipulation of legitimate mobile apps and services has played a key role in the expansion of mobile malware, highlighting the need for robust security options to detect threats across multiple operating systems. One of the most common behaviours of mobile malware included collecting and sending device data to build a profile of the owner’s behaviour. Another threat associated with device hijacking makes the mobile device into a bot and installs other, even more malicious malware.
“With mobile malware samples up, we firmly believe that security should be seamlessly integrated into telecommunications,” said Sean Duca, Chief Technology Officer Asia Pacific, McAfee, part of Intel Security. “By including our software on new operating systems like Tizen, security is developed in parallel with the ever-expanding technology landscape.”
In addition to running regular scans of your smartphone, Intel Security offers following tips to help safeguard your privacy either via apps or online:
• Prevent unauthorised access – Lock your device with a personal identification number or password
• Use comprehensive security software on your mobile device – McAfee Mobile Security (free to both Android and iOS users) offers a variety of protections, including ones to help Android users dodge harmful apps
• Avoid downloading apps from third parties – By taking this one simple step and only downloading apps from trusted online sources like Apple’s App Store and Google Play, you can lessen your chance of downloading a malicious app
• Don’t open a link or file from someone you don’t know – Whether you receive a link or file through email, social media or text message, it is always best to avoid opening attachments from unknown senders.