Mobile security app from McAfee hits 2.0

A new feature that lets you know what your apps are doing with your personal data, along with call and text message filtering, arrive in the second version of McAfee Mobile Security.

McAfee Mobile Security 2.0 (Credit: McAfee)

The latest update to McAfee Mobile Security opens a window onto app permissions and gives you a filter to screen out annoying communiques.

McAfee Mobile Security 2.0 (download for Android) arrived in the Android Market three days ago, and brings two new features to its already-robust set of options for Android, BlackBerry, and Symbian users. The new App Protection interprets how apps handle your personal and private data, and tells you whether those app permissions are risky. What it doesn't do is advise you what to do about those risks, but to be fair, none of the other permissions scanners available do, either.

The BlackBerry and Symbian versions will be available soon, according to McAfee. The BlackBerry version is due next Wednesday, although the Symbian version remains unscheduled.

There's also a new call and text-messaging filter that blocks calls and texts, based on a basic blacklist. Input a number, and never hear from it again. Features that have carried over from the previous version include antivirus scanning; anti-spyware and anti-phishing guards; Potentially Unwanted Program protection for preventing commercial spyware, adware, and dialers from taking root; and link scanning courtesy of the McAfee SiteAdvisor engine.

There's also anti-theft guards such as remote device lock, wipe, backup, and restore for securing a lost phone; unauthorized SIM replacement notification; phone locate and tracking; uninstall prevention; and an online management Web site that allows for full interaction with the McAfee interaction.

McAfee Mobile Security is a fairly solid security option for phones and tablets. It's available for free without restrictions for seven days, after which a one-year license will set you back $29.99. While that might sound high for the average app, it's not unusual for security apps. Lookout Mobile Security, for example, costs the same and offers similar features.