Friday, 24 August 2012

McAfee All Access 2012 Household Review

I am not a very technical person (I leave that side of things to my capable hubbie), but I totally understand the importance of decent virus software to protect your computer.  I know the consequences if you do not, I once had a bunch of naughty viruses decide to party on my computer, they caused havoc, opening pop-ups all over the place, corrupting files and at their worst they like nothing better than running off with your personal information!  There are plenty of free to download virus protection on the net, but they are not as comprehensive as what is available to buy.  With viruses updating themselves at record speed to be more creative and sneaky in their attacks, you need maximum protection.  Would you leave your front door open and a sign saying help yourself… well not having virus software is basically doing the same!

I like the household edition because most households have a computer and a smart phone and in some even more.  We are not quite as fancy as some of our friends who have a tablet for each of their children!  Here the McAfee All Access 2012 Household shines, with this security suite you can protect up to five of your all-important devices (PC’s Macs, Tablets and Smartphones).  



I confess after my earlier spiel we actually did not even think about getting any anti-virus for our smart phone, how silly is that, considering you may be accessing sites like banking and personal emails when your out and about on the go, it is really important to show the same care you would for your home computer.  Earlier in the year there was many a news article about the direct link between smart phone usage and identity theft.  I let a sigh of relief out when the software removed a threat from our phone, how could we have not even considered it!

Some key McAfee features that can make you feel safer using a smart phone:

Complete Anti-virus, Anti-spyware, and Anti-phishing

This is the basis of most of the higher end security suites, it scans and clears and malicious coding found in emails, files attachments and SMS.

Safe Searching and Shopping

This great feature protects you against potential web threats by blocking risky links and phishing sites

Mobile Lock

With this handy feature you can remotely lock all data on your smart phone to prevent any misuse, which is especially useful if you lose your phone.

Remotely Wipe Data

With this element you can not only remotely erase all data on your phone but simultaneously backup data before to wipe commences.

Locate and Track

I wish I had this feature with my old phones, baby brain used to make it impossible to remember where I left the darn thing (that or the children sneak of and hide it!), if you lose your phone you can view its location on a map, send a SMS to prompt its return or make it scream by setting a remote alarm!  Hooray it was under the sofa all along!

The process to download and install this security suite was relatively easy. You need to create an account at McAfee's website input your product key and download via the account log in screen. For your smart phone you can input your telephone number and McAfee sends a free sms with a download link directly to your phone. It’s as simple as that!

McAfee is keeping my laptop safe and speedy:

Real-time Safeguards

Most security suites worth its salt has a real time scanner that assesses risks as they happen to help keep your pc secure.

Two-way Firewall

I have not really heard of a two way firewall I always thought they blocked incoming threats but this feature prevents malicious software from not only downloading but uploading too.

Pre-install Scan

As I said I have been infected with virus’s before but it always seems to be a struggle for hubby to get antivirus reinstalled, however this little gem helps remove infection from the moment software installs for the first time.

Fast Start-Up and Scan Times

The antivirus scanner is fast to load and runs quick without effecting the use of the computer.  No one wants to wait forever for a scan to complete, with it slowing down all your other programs especially if your busy trying to write a review to a deadline…

PC Tune-up

With McAfee “QuickClean” you can happily declutter your pc (browser files, unused applications and other un-needed files  get removed) – now we all love a bit of decluttering and freeing up memory giving the computer a much needed speed boost!  Shame it cannot get to work on my house next!

Game Blocking and Controls

Allowing you to block web-based and online play of PC games helps protect your children from chatting with strangers or limit the time they spend playing.  Now I will try and figure this one out on my own and block world of warcraft lol!  I will finally have my hubbie back!  Thank you McAfee, great for viruses and marital happiness!

This package costs £74.99 and provides one years cover for up to 5 devices with all of those great features I have outlined.  Purchasing this will definitely help your peace of mind as the parental controls feature is great for safe family surfing, you can relax knowing you are doing the best you can to protect your family.  It might seem slightly more than you would normally spend, but this level of security over 5 devices only works out at £14.99 per device, so for families with a multitude of technical gadgets this is a must!

Since installing the suite it has blocked over 6400 potentially malicious connections in just three days!  I think this is reason alone to head over to the McAfee website and find out more for yourself.



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