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McAfee extends partnership with Samsung

Samsung has been preloading the McAfee anti-malware solution on their Galaxy smartphones for some years now. In case if you haven’t observed it, you can find it in the Device Maintenance menu in the settings, under the Device Security option. While some users may label it as bloat, Samsung believes it offers an additional layer of security to its users.

McAfee will come pre-installed on Galaxy S9

At the ongoing Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, McAfee has announced that it is extending its partnership with Samsung to safeguard its users from cyber security threats on smartphones, smart TVs, PCs, and notebooks.

Accordingly, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 8 will come pre-installed with anti-malware protection powered by McAfee VirusScan. Samsung will also pre-install Secure Wi-Fi, a VPN service which relies on backend infrastructure from McAfee. Previously, this app was apparently preloaded on the Galaxy Note 8 only in the US, but we’ve seen it come to devices in Europe and elsewhere through recent software updates. The Secure Wi-Fi VPN service will offer 250MB of monthly bandwidth for free, with the option to purchase an unlimited plan.

McAfee Security for TV, which was launched in the US and South Korea last year, will now come pre-installed on Samsung SmartTVs in 175 countries. Finally, Samsung’s 2018 PCs and notebooks will also come preinstalled with a 60-day trial version of McAfee LiveSafe, a cross-device security offering.

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