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LG Partners With McAfee to Bring Anti-Theft Feature to LG G3

Kill Switch Protects Against Unauthorized Factory Resets and Device Rooting to Combat Mobile Device Theft and Resale (image: the JoshMeister/ Flickr)

Kill Switch Protects Against Unauthorized Factory Resets and Device Rooting to Combat Mobile Device Theft and Resale (image: the JoshMeister/ Flickr)

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. June 11, 2014 (Korea Bizwire)–Today McAfee, part of Intel Security, and LG Electronics announced that  the new LG G3 will come pre-installed with a version of McAfee Mobile  Security that includes a new anti-theft feature designed to protect  users from unauthorized factory resets. The Kill Switch provides users  the ability to disable their phones remotely in the event of device loss  or theft. The software allows content to be wiped to prevent personal  information from being compromised.

Smartphones have become a target for criminals of all types because of  the monetary value they hold and the vast amount of personal data  consumers store on them. According to Creighton University, Americans  spend about $580 million replacing stolen phones each year1.  The growing prevalence of malware is also a concern for mobile users. McAfee’s  Consumer Mobile Security Report findings show that the total Android  “zoo” of mobile malware rose 197 percent between December 2012 and  December 2013.

“We are working with McAfee to offer a customized version of its  award-winning mobile security software that leverages built-in LG  capabilities to make security an integral part of LG G3,” said Dr.  Ramchan Woo, head of smartphone planning division of LG. “The  implementation of the Kill Switch feature is just one of several  specific measures we are taking to ensure that our users can easily and  comprehensively protect themselves from the growing threat landscape,  both physical and online.”

Through a multiyear global partnership, LG G3 is now equipped with a  distinct version of McAfee Mobile Security to provide users with an easy  and comprehensive way to protect themselves from security and privacy  threats and identity theft. Antivirus, data backup, remote lock and  wipe, and remote tracking are all available through the McAfee app for  five years at no cost.

The Kill Switch feature offers an added layer of protection by allowing  the user to retain control of the device even in the event it’s lost or  stolen. The McAfee Mobile Security lock screen blocks factory resets and  rooting attempts, requires password authentication, and can be  controlled by the user from the device or the a web console.

“We are working with LG to build and implement unique security measures  that empower users to live a safer, worry-free digital life,” said John  Giamatteo, senior vice president and general manager, McAfee consumer  business. “Partnering with global mobile leaders such as LG is one of  the many ways that we’re working tirelessly to deliver innovative  solutions that enable safer mobile computing for consumers.”

McAfee Mobile Security has been pre-installed and the Kill Switch  feature automatically activated on LG G3 phones starting May 28th.  All other LG users may download McAfee Mobile Security for free on the Google  Play Store.

McAfee Mobile Security

McAfee Mobile Security for Android is designed to prevent privacy  invasions, data loss, identity theft and lost or stolen devices. In AV-Test’s  most recent effectiveness test for mobile security products, McAfee  Mobile Security received a 100% detection score for the second time this  year and was given a top ranking among the 30 vendors that participated  in the independent test.

About McAfee

McAfee, part of Intel Security and a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel  Corporation (INTC), empowers businesses, the public sector, and  home users to safely experience the benefits of the Internet. The  company delivers proactive and proven security solutions and services  for systems, networks, and mobile devices around the world. With its  Security Connected strategy, innovative approach to hardware-enhanced  security, and unique Global Threat Intelligence network, McAfee is  relentlessly focused on keeping its customers safe. http://www.mcafee.com

Source: McAfee (via BusinessWire)

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