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McAfee WaveSecure iOS Edition
McAfee tries to cash in on features Apple will offer for free

When most techies think of McAfee, they think of pre-installed Windows bloatware, wasted CPU cycles, and costly subscription services. However, the company also has a portfolio of software products that target smartphone users.

McAfee's latest software release comes in the form of WaveSecure iOS Edition. The WaveSecure app can be installed on Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) and is aimed at backing up a user’s important personal information in the case of theft or accidental damage.

“We are excited to extend our platform coverage to one of the most popular operating systems for mobile devices on the market,” said Todd Gebhart, co-president, McAfee. “Consumers use their mobile devices to hold some of the most important details of their life. McAfee WaveSecure software works seamlessly to secure, back up and wirelessly restore content on the device via the online portal. So even if the device is lost, stolen or damaged, or even if users accidentally delete their data, the data remains safe and easily accessible.” 

McAfee claims the app "wirelessly back up contacts, photos and videos as well as remotely track the location of their iPhone."

If this functionality sounds familiar, it's because most of this functionality is either already available (or will soon be available) for iOS. ICloud is currently in beta testing and will be available with iOS 5, which is launching this fall -- it will backup photos, documents, apps, books, contacts, calendar data, and will also track the location of your iOS devices. ICloud will also perform full device backups and give users 5GB of storage space for free.

If you for some reason have a problem with "free", McAfee is offering WaveSecure iOS Edition for $19.95 at the Apple App Store.

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By GulWestfale on 8/15/2011 11:37:59 AM , Rating: 4
i'm going to laugh at people who buy that, just like a i laugh at people who buy the 'it made my computer slower by 500% but it's not a virus' norton.

free antivirus programs and a healthy dose of common sense have always been better than the paid scams, um i mean, alternatives.

RE: lol
By Flunk on 8/15/2011 12:06:15 PM , Rating: 5
I think you're being fairly unkind to Norton, I've seen a lot of installs of Norton that only make the computer twice as slow as normal.

RE: lol
By LSUJester on 8/15/2011 12:20:12 PM , Rating: 5
What is this "common sense" you speak of and why would someone want it?

The internet is always safe, so I can click anything I like without repercussion. Just last week I downloaded a one of a kind picture of Megan Fox making out with Scarlett Johannson. Turned out not to be real, but the idea of it was so awesome that it made my hard drive delete itself and the password to my online bank account get changed.

Also, all of my money has disappeared, but I don't think that's related.

RE: lol
By Omega215D on 8/15/2011 5:19:07 PM , Rating: 3
My Common Sense is tingling!

So rare that it's a super power...

RE: lol
By Mitchy on 8/15/2011 12:46:31 PM , Rating: 2

RE: lol
By chick0n on 8/15/2011 2:06:01 PM , Rating: 1
That simply means you either have some garbage comp, which even word will make it 500% slower. or the last time you use Norton was at or before 2008.


RE: lol
By GulWestfale on 8/15/2011 2:11:50 PM , Rating: 2
i am important, i can use all caps !!1!1!

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