September 11, 2012 | by Natesh Sood
In order to help protect their customer’s Android smartphones, Verizon Wireless recently launched a Mobile Security Android app in the Play Store. Working closely with Asurion and McAfee, Verizon’s latest app offers robust features to keep your handset safe. While the app is only available for Android smartphones running Android 2.1 or higher on Verizon Wireless, the app offers some notable features to keep your device safe from malware and viruses.
There are three version of the app: Verizon Mobile Security Basic, Verizon Mobile Security Premium, and Verizon Mobile Security Premium with Total Equipment Coverage. The last two versions are essentially the same, but Verizon Mobile Security Premium with Total Equipment Coverage is $1 cheaper per month if you have Total Equipment Coverage already. The Basic version is available for free, while the Security Premium version costs $1.99 a month per line.
Here is a general outline of the apps:
- Verizon Mobile Security Basic – Provides antivirus protection, powered by McAfee, to detect viruses and malware, and McAfee® SiteAdvisor® to identify and warn customers of suspicious websites. There is no charge to download Verizon Mobile Security Basic, but a Verizon Wireless data plan is required and data usage will apply.
- Verizon Mobile Security Premium – Includes the security features of Verizon Mobile Security Basic, as well as McAfee App Alert, which delivers information about which apps have the ability to access, store or transmit data to or from the device. Available for $1.99/month per line, Verizon Mobile Security Premium also provides recovery features from Asurion that allow customers to remotely locate, alarm, lock or wipe data from a lost or misplaced device using their My Verizon accounts.
- Verizon Mobile Security Premium with Total Equipment Coverage – Customers withTotal Equipment Coverage can add Verizon Mobile Security Premium for $1/month per line. Total Equipment Coverage combines the benefits of Asurion’sWireless Protection Plan for lost, stolen, and damaged devices, and Verizon Wireless’ Extended Warranty for mechanical or electrical defects after the manufacturer’s warranty expires.
Verizon Wireless customers interested in the Mobile Security app can check it out below.