McAfee Uses Infographic to Scare Android Users into Downloading WaveSecure

McAfee has put together a little infographic earlier this week to let you users know just how easily your personal information can be compromised should you lose your phone.  According to them, people just don’t “get” how serious an issue mobile security is and that folks tend to tune out whenever the subject is brought up.  So how does McAfee get your attention?  Take a prison visit, Scared Straight tactic and hit you in the face with facts.

For those of you who don’t think you’ll ever lose your phone, you’ll want to think again.   At the most recent Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany there were nearly as many cell phones (320) left behind as there were wallets (410).  Additionally, an additional 10,000 cell phones are stolen every month in London alone.  Stopping to think for a moment, there is an awful lot of stuff that we put on our phones aside from personal pictures and media.  Stuff that would take more than just a few phone calls to fix.

If you haven’t downloaded some form of mobile security for your Android handset, you seriously should think about it. If not McAfee then someone else.  WaveSecure is one of the better apps we’ve come across in this area and it offers some pretty nice features.

  • Remotely lock down your device
  • Wipe out important data stored on your mobile to protect your privacy
  • Back up your data from your phone or remotely on the web
  • Access your data online from anywhere. Restore your data to a new phone
  • Locate your lost phone and plot the locations on a map
  • Track SIM card

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5 Comments

  1. Durr
    February 17, 14:17 Reply

    Never been a big mcafee fan. This app only makes it worse. I’ve been using mobiledefense.com app for a while now and its never disappointed me. Mcafee is garbage compared to them. On a side note, I’ve been in IT for several years and mcafee as a company has always bothered me. But don’t take my word for it. Try it for yourselves. Just do everyone a favor and post your opinion like me.

    • John
      February 17, 15:53 Reply

      Not that I’m a McAfee fan either, but in their (and others’ ) defense, they do have a product that is available to the public. I’d love to give mobiledefense a try, but their site has its download link reporting ‘closed beta… we’ll email you’ since before I ever found them.

      I use a combination of LookOut (free version) and Tasker (best android app ever) to allow me unprecedented abililties to control my phone remotely.

  2. thecolor
    February 17, 14:26 Reply

    keep in mind, this app is free to “download”, the use of the application is not… SO, technically, this app is NOT free!

  3. Usman
    February 17, 20:48 Reply

    I’m so glad I uninstalled WS when I heard they got bought out by McAfee.

  4. The Doctor
    February 18, 08:49 Reply

    I’ve been using Wavesecure for about a year now. My biggest complaint about it is that it degrades the responsiveness of Android v1.6 and v2.1 enough to make the keyboard irritating to use sometimes. I’m considering getting rid of it for that reason.

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