McAfee announces 2015 editions of its antivirus and security suites

McAfee's latest security products are here. Do you need them? It depends on how much you value convenience.

If you're still paying for your desktop security suite, you'll be happy to hear that McAfee on Monday released the newest editions of its security suites.

The new lineup includes McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2015, McAfee Internet Security 2015, McAfee Total Protection 2015, and McAfee Live Safe 2015 for Mac and Windows.

Pricing was not announced, but Amazon has AntiVirus Plus 2015 for one PC listed at $40, Internet Security 2015 at $50 for one PC, and Total Protection 2015 at $60 for one PC. Finally, McAfee LiveSafe, a cloud-based service that encourages you to store sensitive data online behind voice and facial recognition authentication, will set you back $80 for access across all your devices--mobile electronics included.

Each price gets you a one-year subscription.

As for new improvements to the software, McAfee says it upgraded the malware detection engine across all its suites to "improve detection and device performance." McAfee LiveSafe also now lets you add new devices to your subscription with just one click, and McAfee says LiveSafe's biometric authentications will let you "safely store sensitive and personal information such as wills, deeds and passports in a secure cloud storage vault"--though I'd recommend thinking twice about putting any documents that sensitive in the cloud.

Is it worth it?

The last version of McAfee's LiveSafe suite impressed our reviewer, but if money is tight, it's also possible to cobble together a comparable security suite at low or no cost, albeit at the cost of McAfee's simplicity.

In fact, if you're running Windows 8 and RT, Microsoft's Windows Defender comes baked-in to your system offering real-time protection against spyware, viruses, rootkits, and other malware, online and offline system scanning and cleaning, and enhanced protection against rootkits and bootkits. Likewise, several free mobile AV options are available, and both Google and Apple are very efficient at keeping malware out of their official app stores.

If you need to store passwords and sensitive documents in the Cloud then check out LastPass for your password needs and encrypted cloud services like SpiderOak for storing documents.

LastPass is just $12 per year (or free if you don't need mobile device access) and you can get 2GB of SpiderOak's "zero-knowledge" encrypted cloud storage for the low, low price of nothing. McAfee's Personal Locker, part of the McAfee LiveSafe subscription, maxes out at 1GB.

The key to using LastPass and SpiderOak securely is to make sure your master password for each service uses a set of unique, random characters and is at least 10 characters long. You should also enable two-factor authentication on services where it is available.

That said, if you feel that suites like McAfee's do a better job at protecting your PC and mobile devices than the free or low-cost protection software - or you simply don't want the hassle of keeping tabs on several discrete security programs and apps - then McAfee's protection suites are probably worth it for you. If you're not sure, however, you might consider giving the free options a try first.

Join the CSO newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags mcafeeMicrosoftsecurityantivirus

More about AppleGoogleMicrosoft

Show Comments

Featured Whitepapers

Editor's Recommendations

Solution Centres

Stories by Ian Paul

Latest Videos

  • 150x50

    CSO Webinar: Will your data protection strategy be enough when disaster strikes?

    Speakers: - Paul O’Connor, Engagement leader - Performance Audit Group, Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO) - Nigel Phair, Managing Director, Centre for Internet Safety - Joshua Stenhouse, Technical Evangelist, Zerto - Anthony Caruana, CSO MC & Moderator

    Play Video

  • 150x50

    CSO Webinar: The Human Factor - Your people are your biggest security weakness

    ​Speakers: David Lacey, Researcher and former CISO Royal Mail David Turner - Global Risk Management Expert Mark Guntrip - Group Manager, Email Protection, Proofpoint

    Play Video

  • 150x50

    CSO Webinar: Current ransomware defences are failing – but machine learning can drive a more proactive solution

    Speakers • Ty Miller, Director, Threat Intelligence • Mark Gregory, Leader, Network Engineering Research Group, RMIT • Jeff Lanza, Retired FBI Agent (USA) • Andy Solterbeck, VP Asia Pacific, Cylance • David Braue, CSO MC/Moderator What to expect: ​Hear from industry experts on the local and global ransomware threat landscape. Explore a new approach to dealing with ransomware using machine-learning techniques and by thinking about the problem in a fundamentally different way. Apply techniques for gathering insight into ransomware behaviour and find out what elements must go into a truly effective ransomware defence. Get a first-hand look at how ransomware actually works in practice, and how machine-learning techniques can pick up on its activities long before your employees do.

    Play Video

  • 150x50

    CSO Webinar: Get real about metadata to avoid a false sense of security

    Speakers: • Anthony Caruana – CSO MC and moderator • Ian Farquhar, Worldwide Virtual Security Team Lead, Gigamon • John Lindsay, Former CTO, iiNet • Skeeve Stevens, Futurist, Future Sumo • David Vaile - Vice chair of APF, Co-Convenor of the Cyberspace Law And Policy Community, UNSW Law Faculty This webinar covers: - A 101 on metadata - what it is and how to use it - Insight into a typical attack, what happens and what we would find when looking into the metadata - How to collect metadata, use this to detect attacks and get greater insight into how you can use this to protect your organisation - Learn how much raw data and metadata to retain and how long for - Get a reality check on how you're using your metadata and if this is enough to secure your organisation

    Play Video

  • 150x50

    CSO Webinar: How banking trojans work and how you can stop them

    CSO Webinar: How banking trojans work and how you can stop them Featuring: • John Baird, Director of Global Technology Production, Deutsche Bank • Samantha Macleod, GM Cyber Security, ME Bank • Sherrod DeGrippo, Director of Emerging Threats, Proofpoint (USA)

    Play Video

More videos

Blog Posts

Market Place