Samsung Galaxy S10 to Come Pre-Installed With McAfee

Feb 26, 2019 11:07 EST
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McAfee has announced at MWC 2019 that it is extending its partnership with Samsung to pre-install anti-malware protection powered by McAfee VirusScan onto the Samsung Galaxy S10. All Samsung devices before the Galaxy S10 had a version of "anti-malware protection powered by McAfee VirusScan" baked into it. But, one had to switch it on manually by navigating into the device Settings. You'd also receive notifications to switch the service on from time to time. The Galaxy S10, however, won't ask the user for confirmation and run the McAfee VirusScan service on its own.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 will also be the first device to come with Samsung Secure Wi-Fi. The service encrypts some sensitive information on unprotected WiFi networks. According to a survey conducted by McAfee, 45% of the participants said that identity and privacy are their biggest concerns for online risks, and 20% said that they would use unsecured Wi-Fi to make an online purchase.

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Secure Wi-Fi is only available in the USA for T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular and in some select European markets. Samsung will provide 250 MB of monthly data at no cost under this service, along with the option for users to purchase unlimited daily or monthly bandwidth (pricing details not known yet). The service should make its way to other regions in the coming months.

Another question here is just how exactly does McAfee's "anti-malware" service work. In its current form, Android has plenty of protections such as Google Play Protect in place that should secure most, if not all users from common security flaws. Thankfully, the number of apps on the Play Store engaging in shady behaviour are much lower compared to last year. It is virtually impossible to get rid of them all, but one can rest easy that at least 5/10 flashlight apps downloaded from the Play Store won't ask for call log and SMS access. Realistically, the only way one can get 'infected' nowadays is by downloading APKs from shady third-party websites.

News Source: Businesswire

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