McAfee announced over the weekend that it has entered into an agreement to acquire privately owned tenCube, the company behind the Android security application WaveSecure. McAfee, already a giant in the personal and business computer security sector with its line of Anti-virus, Internet Security, and Family Online protection services, has big plans for WaveSecure. In their press release from July 29th, McAfee "plans to offer consumers the most secure way to remotely control and protect mobile devices," offering "the integration of WaveSecure's technologies will expand McAfee's mobile security offerings and further strengthen McAfee's leadership in smartphone security."
With the ever-increasing consumer dependence on smartphones, WaveSecure found itself at the forefront of user security. "Mobile devices have become an extension of our lives," said Darius Cheung, CEO of tenCube. "Through this acquisition, McAfee can broaden its security capabilities and offer users protection and remote control of their phone, irrespective of whether it is in their possession. This means no more worries about the whereabouts of a phone or losing personal contacts, photos, and messages." The mobile service provides users with the ability to remotely lock down and wipe personal data from a phone in the case of theft, backup and restore data if a customer were to buy a new phone, and locate lost or stolen phones via GPS satellites by plotting locations of the phone's use on a map.
McAfee's plans for the mobile security service acquisition are:
- Expand McAfee's mobile security portfolio with technologies that allow users to locate, lock, and wipe their mobile devices, and back up, restore, and access their mobile data online
- Leverage McAfee's expertise at the endpoint and in the cloud, broadening its existing mobile security portfolio beyond anti-malware, data protection, web security, and family protection
- Deliver best-in-market mobile device platform support that focuses on a wide range of mobile operating systems, including Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, Windows Mobile, and Java-enabled devices
- Enable McAfee to develop and deliver scalable solutions through our network of global partnerships with mobile service providers and mobile device manufacturers
We'll have to wait and see what this acquisition means for current WaveSecure license-holders, such as myself, but for now this must have application remains on the market, and can be downloaded by scanning the QR code below.