McAfee offers “unlimited” device protection for Windows, Mac, Android

Including smartphones, how many devices do you have in your home? Five, ten, twenty… what if you could have protection on every single one of them for one cost? Well now you can.

Unleashed by McAfee this week, the All Access 2013 pack is a new piece of security software designed for lots of devices, not just your home computer. Ditching the CD that used to come with every piece of security software, the McAfee All Access 2013 packs in a small registration card with a serial number that will add a year of protection for as many devices as you own to your account.

“Mobile malware has nearly doubled in the last quarter so it’s now more important than ever for us to extend security beyond the PC and protect all of our devices,” said Melanie Duca, McAfee’s Consumer Marketing Director for the Australia Pacific region. “Smartphones and tablets carry so much information and are so integral to our daily life – from contacting friends, capturing photos and accessing online banking – that we simply can’t risk them coming under attack.”

Features of this new version don’t just include the old regulars, such as antivirus, anti-spyware, a firewall, and anti-phishing, but also includes the ability to remotely backup and then wipe a mobile device, monitoring of instant messaging services, and a social advisor that tells you whether links inside Facebook and Twitter are dangerous.

Support for McAfee extends across quite a few devices, with PCs supporting Windows XP, Vista, 7, and the latest Windows 8 platform; Macs supported from OSX 10.5 and higher; BlackBerry smartphones from 4.5 onwards; and Google Android on smartphones and tablets extending over 2.2 “Froyo”, 3.2 “Honeycomb,” and up to 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich.”

You won’t find any support for Linux or Unix here – hardly surprising – and there’s nothing available for iPads or iPhones, nor is there for the version of Windows that appears on Microsoft Surface and some of the other new tablets, Windows RT.

Not all of the features will work on each platform, with anti-spam and instant message monitoring missing on Mac, but you do apparently get a one-year subscription for each device you’re protecting.

We’re doing our best to find out exactly what “unlimited” entails, but here’s hoping it really means unlimited, because we have a lot of devices here, and there are probably quite a few of you out there that do, too.

McAfee has made its All Access 2013 pack available in two different editions, with the “individual” pack retailing for $149.95 and the “household” edition for $199.95.

Interestingly, we’re not quite sure what the difference is, because if the individual edition includes protection for “all the devices you own,” what’s to stop you from installing the individual edition in your household?

We’re finding that out right now, but if the software has grabbed your attention, it’s hitting retail shortly.

Expecting much in the box? Don't be. There are two small cards and a serial number.