LG Adds Kill Switch

— June 12, 2014

The new LG G3, from LG Electronics will come pre-installed with a version of McAfee Mobile Security that includes a new anti-theft feature designed to protect users from unauthorized factory resets. The kill switch provides users the ability to disable their phones remotely in the event of device loss or theft. The software allows content to be wiped to prevent personal information from being compromised.
 
Millions Lost
Smartphones have become a target for criminals of all types because of the monetary value they hold and the vast amount of personal data consumers store on them. According to Creighton University, Americans spend about $580 million replacing stolen phones each year .
 
The growing prevalence of malware is also a concern for mobile users. McAfee’s Consumer Mobile Security Report findings show that the total Android “zoo” of mobile malware rose 197% between December 2012 and December 2013.
 
“We are working with McAfee to offer a customized version of its mobile security software that leverages built-in LG capabilities to make security an integral part of LG G3,” said Dr. Ramchan Woo, head of smartphone planning division of LG. “The implementation of the kill switch feature is just one of several specific measures we are taking to ensure that our users can easily and comprehensively protect themselves from the growing threat landscape, both physical and online.”
 
Through a multiyear global partnership, LG G3 is now equipped with a distinct version of McAfee Mobile Security to provide users with an easy and comprehensive way to protect themselves from security and privacy threats and identity theft. Antivirus, data backup, remote lock and wipe, and remote tracking are all available through the McAfee app for five years at no cost.
 
The kill switch feature offers an added layer of protection by allowing the user to retain control of the device even in the event it’s lost or stolen. The McAfee Mobile Security lock screen blocks factory resets and rooting attempts, requires password authentication, and can be controlled by the user from the device or the a web console.
 
“We are working with LG to build and implement unique security measures that empower users to live a safer, worry-free digital life,” said John Giamatteo, senior vice president and general manager, McAfee consumer business.
 
McAfee Mobile Security has been pre-installed and the Kill Switch feature automatically activated on LG G3 phones starting May 28th. All other LG users may download McAfee Mobile Security for free on the Google Play Store.

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