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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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gtone339
gtone339

Clean Master Security better!

MStuart
MStuart

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Biransahin
Biransahin

McAfee is ok on the phone, it’s hidden and unobtrusive. But I hate McAfee on PCs. When I get a new Windows machine, if it’s there, and it usually I uninstall it. Like Norton, it’s worse than a virus, you need a special tool to completely uninstall it. I use ESET myself but there are other very good apps available too. Ok for the phone, rubbish for your computer, it just slows everything down.

MStuart
MStuart

How about prompt security updates instead?

Oh, no, those need developers and cost money. Better take it from Mcafee instead because phones these days are cheap so they need to make money somehow!

Biransahin
Biransahin

A monthly security update doesn’t protect you if a new virus comes out a week after the update. That’s why real time monitoring is important… Just like Windows updates, they don’t actually protect you from new attacks. Don’t you know how all this works??

MStuart
MStuart

Virus? On Android? You gotta be kidding.

mtbrown262626
mtbrown262626

No it was not only in the US iv ha it on my S6′ S6 edge’ S6 edge+’ S7 Edge and Note 7′ S8+ and currently it on my Note 8 all in the UK lol you don’t have your face right here.

samsungfan99
samsungfan99

Can’t they just use Knox to do the same thing?

Biransahin
Biransahin

Knox isn’t actually an anti virus program. It’s only function is to act like a vault to keep your documents encrypted and safe from others. Anti virus software is different.

Ryya
Ryya

Oddly we are simply able to install Samsung Max (Opera Max) and easily use the VPN with no limits at no cost. It’s a pretty fast VPN from the UK (Based in Paris). The only downside is that it doesn’t support P2P and video streaming is a little slow. I also don’t get the ads on the charging screen, that may be due to my location or the fact I’m using Disconnect Pro (likely).

Biransahin
Biransahin

But that’s a different subject. A VPN doesn’t keep your phone safe from viruses that arrive via apps, sms, or sites you visit. You can install up to 5 ad blockers on Samsung Internet and never see a pop up ad.