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(Pocket-lint) - McAfee is one of the biggest names in antivirus and PC protection and this year's update to its software packages comes with several new features including improved password protection and a warning when visiting websites which could potentially take over your machine. 

Part of the appeal of the improved password protection is for iOS users - iOS apps and browser windows can now have fully filled in user account information and passwords. 


McAfee Total Protection is available in three pricing tiers - single device, individual and family. The top tiers include encrypted storage and you can protect mobile devices, too. 


The package includes a native VPN as well as new protection against social media and online scams - particularly important at present because of Covid-19 scams. McAfee now annotates social media feeds across six major platforms – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Reddit, and LinkedIn.​ 

The company reckons that 60 percent of dodgy links shared via social media were shared by a friend or family member, making them more likely to be opened. Research also showed that 27 percent of social media users have received a dodgy link via social messaging services and a further 20 percent have fallen victim to fake discounts or deals via social channels.

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Machine learning is also enhanced with this release of McAfee Total Protection to better detect emerging threats as well as adding protection against so-called file-less threats. There's also an improved interface, too. 

“Now, and looking to the future, consumers will continue to need improved, integrated, intuitive protection for all aspects of their digital lives- from working to shopping, learning and entertaining from home,” said Jesús Sanchez-Aguilera, consumer head at McAfee.

​McAfee says the average user now spends 6 hours and 43 minutes per day online on their devices.

Writing by Dan Grabham.