McAfee adds multi-factor authentication and cross-device support to all its 2016 antivirus security suites

The revamped lineup includes McAfee LiveSafe, McAfee AntiVirus Plus, McAfee Internet Security, and McAfee Total Protection.


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McAfee’s product line updates, announced Monday night, pack more than just a 2016 sticker and some security improvements. They also include some helpful features for anyone who wants to lock down their entire device ecosystem. The revamped lineup includes the usual bundles: McAfee LiveSafe, McAfee AntiVirus Plus, McAfee Internet Security, and McAfee Total Protection. 

The new security suites now work with Intel True Key, a multi-factor authentication app for added security at logins. (Intel owns McAfee.) The company is also extending its multi-device protection to all of its products, instead of just LiveSafe—the company’s complete security suite solution. That means if you get a subscription to any of the company’s security products you can also use them on your other devices, including Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS.

There’s also a new scanning feature that can check out all the devices connected to your home network to make sure they’re protected with McAfee security products.

Adapting to the times, McAfee is also adding security protection for Android Wear watches, while McAfee Web Advisor checks to make sure your anti-virus and firewall are up.

The new McAfee lineup is available now. Here’s the price breakdown. Full details of what’s included with each suite can be found on the McAfee website.

  • McAfee AntiVirus - 1 PC: $39.99
  • McAfee AntiVirus Plus - Unlimited Devices: $59.99
  • McAfee Internet Security - Unlimited Devices: $79.99
  • McAfee Total Protection - Unlimited Devices: $89.99
  • McAfee LiveSafe - Unlimited Devices: $89.99

The impact on you at home: McAfee's suites provide streamlined security solutions on a subscription basis, backed by a large, reputable company. If you’d rather not pay for McAfee’s protection you can put together a free or nearly free option. Then you can add programs and services like KeePass, LastPass, and SpiderOak encrypted online file storage for an even beefier lockdown.

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