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McAfee All Access Review

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PROS / One license protects all of the devices that you own. The number is unlimited.

CONS / There are parental controls in the Windows module, but not in the other modules.

 VERDICT / McAfee All Access is competitive all-in-one computer protection software with strong malware detection and useful features.

McAfee All Access is all-in-one internet security software that lets you protect an unlimited number of devices – Windows, Mac, Android and iOS – with the purchase of a single license. While some competitors might include more features, when it comes to the most important computer protection considerations, McAfee is very good.

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The results of Windows computer security product testing by AV-Test in January and February of 2015 demonstrate that McAfee is very good at Windows malware detection. Furthermore it does not slow the host PC to any noticeable degree. Although it does not have some of the features found in other products within the category, McAfee All Access has a password manager and it protects you from websites that try to steal your identity. It also protects you from malware that tries to enter your PC when you plug in removable storage media such as a USB thumb drive. The software also conveniently suppresses alerts whenever it sees that you are gaming or using full-screen video. Absent from the Windows component are antitheft features and a file shredder.

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The Mac module includes antiphishing and a password manager. There are no parental controls or online backup. According to results published by AV-Test after March 2015 testing, McAfee produced excellent results in all three test areas. It detected malicious software at a high rate. It did not falsely label safe files as threats. And it did not slow down its host Mac enough to notice.

The mobile component in McAfee All Access supports password management for iOS. However there are far more features for Android. In addition to password management, Android features include antitheft, call blocking and antiphishing. There are no parental controls. There is an application advisor to alert you about apps that want to take too many liberties with your privacy. In terms of third-party test data that documents McAfee’s effectiveness on mobile devices, AV-Test reports that McAfee turned in excellent results during malware detection tests in March 2015.

As a subscriber you have an online account management dashboard where you can view details of your subscriptions, renew them or add to your list of devices under protection. You can opt in or out of auto-renewal. And you can update your profile. Although most of McAfee’s competitors provide similar account management functionality, a few of them go a step further to enable some limited management features such as initiating scans from the dashboard rather than from the device itself.

You can reach customer support by online chat, telephone and email. McAfee’s support website for consumer products is well stocked with helpful resources including product guides and a virtual technician. For various fees, it is possible to get 24/7 access to premium services such as virus removal and advanced troubleshooting.


Only one other multiplatform computer protection software product in our review protects an unlimited number of devices with one license. Each of McAfee’s operating system modules performs well. So if you have collected lots of computer devices around you, McAfee All Access would be a cost-effective way to wrap them in security.

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