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Protect your Android device against theft, viruses with McAfee Mobile Security

by Caitlin M. Foyt

Smartphones aren't cheap. That's why it makes good sense to want to protect your investment.

McAfee Mobile Security is a service that protects your phone from viruses, backs up your data (contacts, photos, videos, call history, etc.) and even allows you to locate your phone on a map in case it's lost or stolen.

After a seven-day free trial, if you decide this is something you need in your life, you can buy a one-year subscription through the app's website: for $29.99.

You've probably got a pile of paid monthly services stacking up (Netflix, Hulu, The New York Times digital subscription, Pandora, etc.), which might make it difficult to justify spending even more cash. I look at McAfee Mobile Security, though, the same way I look at my AAA auto insurance. You might not think about it or use it very often, but when you need it, you're really glad you have it.

If your phone is lost or stolen, you can see where you phone is on a map. You can access your phone's data at any time through the app's website. The app also tracks when a new SIM card has been inserted into your device, and tracks your phone's call log. If you're still not able to get your phone back, you're able to wipe all of your phone's data — to prevent friends and family from being harassed, or embarrassing text messages and photos from being shared with strangers.

Like I mentioned earlier, the app also does a bit of preventive maintenance to make sure you don't pick up any viruses or lose any valuable information. McAfee has its own color-coding system, which is designed to alert you to potential viruses, browser exploits or other malicious websites. This way, you know which sites to avoid.

I have used McAfee on my own computer for years, so I was already a bit familiar with how this program works. Even so, the average user won't have any issues figuring this out. You mostly just follow the step-by-step directions through setup. Even better, this app works so you can set it and forget it. It takes care of the hard parts all by itself.

Download the free Appolicious Android app