McAfee announced this week it is going it alone. It will spin off from Intel and become an independent cybersecurity company once again.

Intel bought McAfee in 2011 with the goal of more tightly linking security to Intel's chips. While Intel will retain a minority stake in the new security company, the move is intended to let McAfee concentrate on cybersecurity to better solve problems facing its users, said Gary Davis, Chief Consumer Security Evangelist at McAfee. "Being an independent company will give us a much more vocal presence," Davis said.

McAfee tools span Windows and Android security apps to password managers.

TPG, a private investment firm, will own 51 percent of McAfee. Intel will retain 49 percent.

Clifford Colby follows the Mac and Android markets for He's been an editor at Peachpit Press and a handful of now-dead computer magazines, including MacWeek, MacUser, and Corporate Computing.