McAfee Mobile Security received the highest score on the most recent mobile security test by independent testing lab AV-Test putting it at the top of the list of 26 security companies included in the report.

In addition, McAfee is announcing that McAfee Mobile Security has been updated with new privacy controls and the option for a monthly subscription for Android smartphone and tablet users.

Mobile devices have become an increasingly attractive target for cybercriminals who are now going to great lengths to insert infected apps into trusted sources such as Google Play. According to the recently released Mobile Security: McAfee Consumer Trends Report, the average consumer has a one in six chance of downloading a risky app.

The newly released AV-Test results demonstrate the commitment McAfee has toward providing consumers with the most comprehensive security and privacy solution on the market.

McAfee Mobile Security scored 100 percent, or a perfect score of 13 out of 13, across the four different areas tested.

For example:
* Android malware detection rate – McAfee Mobile Security detected all samples and malware families in the test;
* False positives – zero false positives were reported;
* Power consumption – McAfee Mobile Security does not reduce the battery life of a device; and
* CPU consumption – McAfee Mobile Security does not slow down the device during normal usage.

The newly enhanced version of McAfee Mobile Security offers flexibility with a monthly subscription option and is designed to combat the privacy threats associated with risky apps. It is now equipped with the most robust privacy protection technology available to consumers and is the only security solution that not only scans app permissions, but also checks apps for associations with risky URLs.

It also offers App Lock, which allows Android users to protect installed apps against misuse by locking them with the same PIN that’s tied to their McAfee Mobile Security account.

“The privacy issues associated with apps are confusing and endless – a single Android app can ask for over 100 different types of permissions,” says Ari Jaaksi, senior VP and GM, mobile engineering and operations at McAfee.

“We want to make sure that consumers don’t have to keep up with the sophisticated techniques of today’s cybercriminals. As demonstrated by our perfect score in the AV-Test mobile security report, McAfee does the work, so that our users aren’t leaving a trail of personal information or data for hackers to dig into.”

McAfee Mobile Security has reached over three million downloads in the Google Play store and is available in over 30 languages to users across the globe. To date, McAfee has signed close to 100 mobile partnerships, including Sprint, Airtel, SingTel, NTT Docomo and SoftBank Mobile.

McAfee is also working closely with Intel to expand its presence across emerging platforms and markets so that mobile users everywhere can enjoy the robust privacy protection features offered by McAfee Mobile Security and recently launched with Safaricom in Kenya.