McAfee launches iOS security software

If you own an iPhone or iPad you might think that your chances are slim that you might pick up a virus, at least compared to using an Android device. However, there's still a danger that you could lose your data or even lose your entire iOS device with the fear that someone else might access your private contacts and other information. Now, the well known security software maker McAfee (purchased by Intel earlier this year), has announced it will release a new iOS app called WaveSecure that's designed for the individual user for data and theft protection.

The $20 app will allow users to wireless back up an iOS's contacts as well as photos and videos. If you need to, you can also wireless restore your contacts even if those contacts are sent to an Android phone. If you happen to lose your iPhone or iPad, the WaveSecure app allows users to use a web-based solution to help track and locate a missing device. If you also feel that someone is going to use the info on your missing iPhone or iPad for nefarious purposes, you can also wipe out your contacts and restore them at a later date.

McAfee has previously released iOS security software for businesses (the Enterprise Mobility Manager) but this is the first time the company has released security software for general users of the iPhone and iPad. The WaveSecure app is available in a variety of languages from the iOS app store.

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McAffee should be put out of business for the crap they charge people for. The sorriest excuses for Anti-Virus solutions are created by this pathetic company! We used to have McAfee Enterprise here at my business and we compared it to a free solution (Microsoft Security Essentials) and McAfee failed to detect 6 infections that MSE did. A piece of **** is too nice of a description for it.

Like others say, I think it's really cheeky that they're cashing in on things that are provided for free. Part of me wouldn't be surprised if Apple reject it, but then again we've seen some odd things going in to the App Store lately, so it's anyone's bet. The problem here will be those users that aren't that tech savvy. They'll see a brand name like McAfee, and instantly buy it because they know it protects they're laptop.

kinetix63 said,
Like others say, I think it's really cheeky that they're cashing in on things that are provided for free. Part of me wouldn't be surprised if Apple reject it, but then again we've seen some odd things going in to the App Store lately, so it's anyone's bet. The problem here will be those users that aren't that tech savvy. They'll see a brand name like McAfee, and instantly buy it because they know it protects they're laptop.

All that they are backing up over wireless is contacts and files on the "camera roll" which is available in all apps. Given that, it will probably be approved. Apple will want their 30% cut off those $20 app sales from the suckers.

Gaara sama said,
useless pay $20 for it, it should be free .

Well, it is... iTunes and Find my iPhone already provide this for free, and more as it backs everything up not just contacts and photos...

So, McAfee is releasing a product for $20 that the iphone already does at no cost? Backup of photos and videos is already done when you plug in your phone and finding your phone is already done with Find iPhone. Neither of those options cost anything extra.

Merson316 said,
$20 for something Apple provides for free? iCloud and Find My Phone cover all of those things.

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Merson316 said,
$20 for something Apple provides for free? iCloud and Find My Phone cover all of those things.

You don't even need iCloud, iTunes can back all that up just fine on it's own. In a month or two it'll even do it over WiFi...

I almost feel like buying this app just to be able to leave a negative review to warn people...