McAfee scans mobile apps

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Add privacy features for mobile security software.

In brief: McAfee has added privacy features for its mobile security software to protect against suspicious apps.

The App Alert technology checks against a URL reputation database, part of McAfee's Global Threat Intelligence Network, and reports the apps that are associated that may be sending personal data to risky sites, such as adware and spyware networks.

"Android apps can ask for 124 types of permissions - these apps could be invading your privacy and exposing your personal life," McAfee engineering vice president Luis Blando said.

“Consumers can now filter their App Alert notifications to just those apps that are using permissions of interest or concern to the user."

It follows the removal of BitDefenders' Clueful app from the Apple App Store. The reasons behind the takedown were unknown after the anti-virus company signed a non-disclosure agreement.

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