Lighter, faster McAfee’s promise for 2014

McAfee is the latest security vendor to update its lineup of consumer Internet security software offerings for 2014, and this year the promise is promising a suite that is lighter and faster.

Increased power and performance with a lighter and faster footprint were the goals with the 2014 products, said McAfee. In addition to improved performance, McAfee has added McAfee Live, a cross-device solution for protecting both data and identify across mobile devices, be they a laptop or a smartphone.

The 2014 products also have an upgraded McAfee AM Core malware scanning engine, with improved detection capabilities against zero-day threats, keyloggers, and Trojans. McAfee has also reengineered certain product components to improve scanning speed through enhanced CPU utilization and smaller threat signature files.

“By continually enhancing the core security components of McAfees consumer portfolio, we are working to ensure our customers stay safe from the barrage of pervasive online threats and in a way that maintains the speed and performance of their devices,” said Alan LeFort, vice-president of consumer product management at McAfee, in a statement. “Our 2014 line allows us to further deliver on our promise to effectively and efficiently protect the digital lives of connected users around the globe.”

McAfee is also focused on cross-device security and support with its McAfee LiveSafe service, The service includes Personal Locker, which uses face- and voice-authentication technology to retrieve sensitive files.

The 2014 offerings include AntiVirus Plus 2014, Internet Security 2014 and Total Protection 2014.

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