Verizon Wireless Offering Android Security Apps
Verizon Wireless today announced two custom-made security applications for Android devices. The apps were created through a joint venture between Verizon Wireless, Asurion, and McAfee and are meant to help protect consumers from malware and other threats. Verizon Mobile Security Basic is a free app that provides anti-malware protection and uses McAfee's SiteAdvisor tool to warn smartphone owners about potentially suspicious web sites. Verizon Mobile Security Premium adds a number of features, including details about which apps are accessing, storing, and/or transmitting user data to/from the device. It also adds the ability to remotely lock, wipe, or locate a lost or stolen device. The Premium version of the app costs $1.99 per month per device. Verizon customers who are subscribed to the Total Equipment Protection insurance plan can add Verizon Mobile Security Premium for $1 per month.
Google Play Protect Now Securing Android Devices
Play Protect, a security tool Google announced earlier this year, has made its way to many of today's Android smartphones. Play Protect is a set of features that Google created to keep Android phones safe from malware and other malicious applications.
T-Mobile Device Insurance Plan Adds ID Protection
T-Mobile today rolled out a new option for those seeking to protect not only their expensive smartphone, but themselves. The new Premium Device Protection Plus monthly insurance plan adds McAfee Security for T-Mobile with ID Protection.
T-Mobile Adds Free AppleCare to Its Device Insurance Plan
T-Mobile today improved its monthly insurance program by offering AppleCare at no additional cost. Customers who subscribe to T-Mobile's Premium Device Protection and Jump!
Verizon Discontinues Free Content Filtering Service
Verizon Wireless this week retired its content filtering service. The tool was initially made available to account holders in order to prevent devices from accessing certain types of content via the web and the Google Play Store.
Verizon Says Its Pixel Will Receive System Updates At the Same Time as Other Pixels
Verizon Wireless will not stymie system updates for the Google Pixel phones, according to Ars Technica. Earlier this month, Google said Verizon would be responsible for pushing system updates to its variants of the Pixel and Pixel XL.
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