Leading cybersecurity firm McAfee is extending its partnership with computer maker Dell to launch a new cross-device software that will allow users to secure mobile devices along with PCs and laptops.
Cyberthreats against all the internet-connected devices are rising, compromising the confidential data of millions of users globally. McAfee Labs identified 3 to 4 new pieces of malware every second, which shows that users need to keep best security practices in place to reduce the risk of data compromise.
Following the extension of this partnership, Dell will provide pre-installed cross-device security software on PCs and laptops. Dell Consumer and Small Business customers who buy a new PC or laptop will be able to install the McAfee security software on their smartphones and tablets as well.
This will bring the security of PCs and laptops to the mobile devices as well, and secure them against emerging cyberattacks. McAfee is currently protecting over 500 million customers around the world.
“As cybercriminals’ become more sophisticated and pervasive, it is more important than ever to have active security on devices from the start,” said Terry Hicks, executive vice president, consumer business group, McAfee. “Our extended collaboration with Dell provides users with cross-device security software that helps them protect what matters most.”
“The extension of our collaboration with McAfee underscores our continued commitment to protecting consumers and small businesses as they enjoy all the benefits that today’s technology brings,” said Ray Wah, SVP, Consumer and Small Business Product Group, Dell. “We want our customers to connect with confidence, and McAfee helps us deliver on this vision.”
Further, the cybersecurity firm is also joining hands with Verizon to protect the devices connected to a home network, like internet of things (IoT) devices.
Today, an increasing number of consumers are opting for connected devices. On the other hand, the cybercriminals are looking for new ways to compromise these devices. As per McAfee Labs 2019 predictions, smartphones and tablets will be the target of cybercriminals in 2019 to get control of IoT devices.
McAfee will provide protection for home network via the Verizon Home Network Protection (HNP) which will fight against malicious websites, and offer parental controls.
“We are committed to providing the security solutions that help our customers enjoy their digital lives to the fullest,” said Darren Kaufmann, executive director, Verizon. “Together with McAfee, we can help ensure the home network is secure, and that parents have the peace of mind knowing they have the simple tools they need to provide a safe online environment for their children.”