Verizon teams with McAfee, Asurion for Android security app

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Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) is rolling out Verizon Mobile Security, a new application designed to protect Android smartphones from loss, theft and cyber attacks.

Optimized for devices running Android 2.1 and higher, Verizon Mobile Security comes in three options. The free Verizon Mobile Security Basic provides antivirus protection powered by digital security provider McAfee--the app also integrates McAfee's SiteAdvisor tool to identify and warn customers of suspicious websites. Verizon Mobile Security Premium, priced at $1.99 a month per line, includes all of the Basic app features while adding McAfee App Alert, which alerts subscribers to apps with the ability to access, store or transmit data to or from the device. The premium option also touts recovery features from Asurion enabling customers to remotely locate, alarm, lock or wipe data from a lost or stolen device.

Verizon adds that customers signed up for its Total Equipment Coverage protection plan can add Verizon Mobile Security Premium for $1 per month per line. Total Equipment Coverage protects users in their event their devices and accessories or lost, stolen, damaged or subject to mechanical failure after the manufacturer's warranty expires. Total Equipment Coverage pricing begins at $6.99 per month per device.

Subscribers can download Verizon Mobile Security from the Verizon Channel in the Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Play storefront. If consumers select the Verizon Mobile Security Premium option, Verizon Wireless will directly bill the service to their account each month.

McAfee previously teamed with Verizon Wireless rival Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) for the similar McAfee Mobile Security and McAfee Family Protection Android Edition apps. The security firm has identified more than 13,000 distinct pieces of mobile malware so far in 2012, up from less than 2,000 in all of 2011.

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