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McAfee LiveSafe Editor's Review

Not so long ago, a majority of PC users relied on paid or free antivirus programs for safety from malware intrusion and attacks. This used to be the case with network users as well. However, in the last few years things have changed drastically. Nowadays, people use so many devices for web access and computing that a standalone security suite may seem inadequate for device and data safety. When you use devices like desktop, laptops, tablets and even smart phones for computing and web access 24x7, what you need is a powerful and all-encompassing security suite. To address changing user security needs, McAfee has come up with LiveSafe, an app that works as an umbrella of digital data security and offers protected cloud storage along with device data.

McAfee’s new LiveSafe is much more than a standalone internet security suite. It succeeds the company’s earlier offering All Access. Compared to All Access, the installation options have changed in LiveSafe. Now, users get to install a LiveSafe version of Internet Security from McAfee. The app comes with some useful and interesting features. The anti-theft option is now applicable for PCs along with mobiles. The SafeKey password management system is robust and Personal Locker offers added layer of safety for passwords.

Fortunately, the company is offering LiveSafe at a lowered rate of $79.99 per year for a household. Those buying selected tablet and PCs can get the app at a real bargain price as well. You can protect several devices in a household with the app. This is one area where McAfee runs ahead of competitors like Kaspersky and Norton. Norton 360 Multi-Device supports 5 devices for $99 while Kaspersky Internet Security - Multi-Device does the same. LiveSafe does not come with preset number of licenses. It faces close competition only from Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Complete (2014).

To activate LiveSafe subscription, you will have to log in to the online McAfee account and provide the product key. Thereafter, you can either install the protection on chosen device or send a link to a chosen device to be protected. The app’s online dashboard lets you check status of protected devices. When you click on any of these devices, the installed security components are shown and you get to see list of available components. Luckily, LiveSafe has superior compatibility with devices and orating systems. It supports Windows PCs, Apple Macs, Android phones, BlackBerry models and iOS devices. Windows Phone OS is however excluded as of now. The installation goes smoothly except when you have another security suite installed. Unlike other PC security apps that prompt you to uninstall the other third party app, LiveSafe proceeds to system shutdown or causes the infamous Windows BSOD.

The McAfee version Internet Security is near identical to the company’s Internet Security 2014 but the missing part is Mozy-powered online backup. Mac users need to install McAfee LiveSafe version– Internet Security for Mac. For Android Smartphones, there is McAfee LiveSafe – Mobile Security. BlackBerry users get only mobile security but not SafeKey. While McAfee doesn't focus on antivirus protection for the iOS devices, you can still use SafeKey on iPad or iPhone.

There is no denying the fact that McAfee has focused on Windows 8 users while designing the interface for LiveSafe. There is no small links and you get user friendly large buttons. In the app interface, there is a color-coded bar on top denoting computer security status. It also offers instant access to software updates and subscription status. LiveSafe comes with decent tech support and Intel-branded Ultrabook users get help hotline.

Where LiveSafe outshines the basic McAfee suite is password management segment. The SafeKey password manager is integrated into LiveSafe. Apart from LiveSafe administrator account, you need to create a separate SafeKey account for this to work. The SafeKey account can be installed on every device in household, tablet or PC. You can make several profiles for online form filling, which comes in handy for online purchases. SafeKey offers a provision to capture the data after you fill up a form for future usage. Once you make such profiles for form filling, your experience will be smoother for subsequent form usage online.

While getting protection from Android malware is a priority, it is essential that your Android security suite has options like anti-theft. McAfee offers solid anti-theft protection for Android device users with data backup as an add-on. The option to use anti-theft protection for computers is new in LiveSafe and it deserves praise. Of course, PCs with Intel’s new Anti-Theft technology embedded will be compatible with this feature. You have to use McAfee online console to install the Anti-Theft component and configuring the setup with an eight-digit pass code for unlocking is necessary. If the laptop is stolen, you can use the console to either lock it down or track its location.

If you are an avid fan of those sleek 007 flicks where futuristic gadgets hog limelight along with menacing gangsters, you will like McAfee's new Personal Locker feature deployed in LiveSafe. The features like voice recognition and facial recognition to log in and see protected documents are uber cool! You can store up to 1 GB of data using cloud storage in Personal Locker. However, the limitation is that Personal Locker will work on those apps that have microphone and camera. Some desktops may not qualify for it, especially older ones. Up to 3 months after account validity expiry, you can access data stored in this cloud security service.  

The setup is somewhat tedious, though. You will have to use a 6 digit pin, to begin with. Then you need a photo and there should be no glass, hat or grinning! For voice recognition, you have to record a particular statement thrice. The authentication involves 4 steps. You begin with the pin, followed by facial recognition and voice recognition procedures. To offer added safety against miscreants, the 4th step involves a second voice-recognition where users need to say a different sentence. While it seems cool and offers robust safety, in real life usage it can become tiring after a point.

While antitheft and secured cloud data storage are useful features, the core capability of a security suite is malware intrusion blocking and infection removal. In real world testing, McAfee LiveSafe offers superior protection from zero-day malware threats with a score of 97 percent. However, it is on par with some rivals and loses a few points owing to false positive detection. The scan customizations settings are top notch.

Positive Points:
Literally unlimited devices supported per user.
-  Superior malware protection and removal.
-  Anti -Theft and secured cloud data storage.
-  Intuitive interface.

Negative Points:
-  Installation is not as smooth as rival apps.
-  Prone to detecting false positives.
-  Personal Locker can be tedious to use.
-  Windows Phone OS not supported yet.

There is no denying that McAfee has come up with a commendable, all- inclusive security suite with LiveSafe. It offers superior protection for digital and cloud data. The price for what you get is nearly unmatched in its category. However, there are a few glitches that prevent it from emerging as the reigning king of digital security suites. The list of supported OS is impressive but omission of Windows Phone, an emerging Smartphone platform, is a dampener. The installation could be better and in real life usage scenario, Personal Locker can turn out to be tedious. Overall, McAfee LiveSafe fits needs of users with several devices or families with many PCs quite well and does not tax the wallet much.

Rating: 3/5

McAfee LiveSafe Publisher's Description

McAfee LiveSafe, You live your digital life. We keep it secure.

Cross-Device Antivirus
Identity Protection
Password Manager
Secure Cloud Storage

Free download from Shareware Connection - McAfee LiveSafe, You live your digital life. We keep it secure.

Publisher: McAfee, Inc. | License: Shareware | Price: 79.99
Version: 2014 | Platform: WinOther
Released Date: 03-08-2014 | Rating: 5 | Title: McAfee LiveSafe

Author Url: http://mcafee.com/
Program Info Url: http://home.mcafee.com/store/mcafee-livesafe
Download Url: http://home.mcafee.com/store/mcafee-livesafe

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