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Mobile security lab results place McAfee at the top

An Android report by AV-Test showed that this particular app had the highest rank for these devices.

According to the most recent mobile security lab report that was issued by AV-Test, it was the McAfee app that received the highest rank in a number of different areas for smartphones based on that operating system.

According to McAfee, its smartphone solution offers flexibility and enhances privacy protection.

In order to benefit from McAfee, a monthly subscription option is available. Its mobile security received the top score within the most recent tests that were conducted by AV-Test, which is an independent testing lab. This placed the app at the top of a list of 26 other leading companies that were included in the study in order to produce the report.

McAfee also took that time to announce that it has updated its mobile security app with new controls and features.

Mobile Security SolutionsThe company stated that its mobile security application now has boosted privacy controls, as well as the option to take part in a monthly subscription for tablets and smartphones based on the Android operating system.

The reason that this information is important is that smartphones and tablets are undergoing a growing mobile security risk as cyber criminals now go to greater length to infect apps that will be downloaded from trusted sources, such as the official marketplace at Google Play. According to a recently released report, the average consumer with an Android device has a risk of one in six of downloading an app with some type of malware or malicious elements.

In the case of the AV-Test results that have just been reported, it indicated that McAfee’s app can help to provide consumers with mobile security and privacy that is easy to use and that is effective. In the four different areas that were tested, the app was able to achieve a perfect 100% score of 13 out of 13. The company detected all of the malware family and samples in the test, it did not produce a single false positive, it did not reduce the device battery life, and it did not slow down the normal usage of the device.

Mobile security becoming too important to ignore

Mobile Security platformMcAfee report highlights risky applications and their impact on mobile security

Mobile applications are universally popular among mobile consumers. Nearly everyone that has a smart phone or tablet makes use of applications in some way, whether they be for browsing the Internet or checking email. Most of these applications are unassuming, offering simple services for literally nothing in return. A growing number of applications are becoming less altruistic, however, according to McAfee Labs, a leading security analysis firm. The firm has released its latest Mobile Security: McAfee Consumer Trends Report, detailing a troubling trend that has emerged in the mobile world.

Malicious apps find their way onto trusted marketplaces

McAfee notes that mobile platforms have become very attractive to hackers and other malicious groups that can exploit a person’s personal information. While applications have made the lives of consumers easier, they have also opened these consumers up to new threats that go mostly unnoticed. According to McAfee, more applications are being introduced to markets that contain multi-faceted scams, black market crimes, imbedded malware, and other threats. A significant number of these applications are finding their way to popular app stores, successfully sidestepping the security features that are meant to keep these marketplaces safe.

Education may be part of the problem

Education — or lack thereof — is part of the problem, according to McAfee. While many consumers have become more aware of the threats that exist in the world of mobile security, few understand exactly what these threats mean. Fewer still take steps to adequately protect themselves from these threats. Many consumers rely on large companies like Apple and Google to protect them from malicious attacks through various mobile security services offered by these companies, but the growing complexity and aggressiveness of these attacks is making it nearly impossible for such companies to stave off threats on their own.

Google Play reportedly falling prey to malicious groups

McAfee claims that hackers go through extraordinary efforts in order to insert their malicious application into trusted applications markets like Google Play. The firm notes that 75% of its McAfee Mobile users downloaded such applications from Google Play specifically. While Google regularly removes thousands of these applications from its marketplace, thousands more replace these applications on a nearly daily basis, making it difficult for Google to make significant headway concerning mobile security.