About Shields



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SecureAnywhere Mobile contains active protection features called shields, which immediately alert you if they detect a potential threat or vulnerability. The following list describes each shield type.

Install Shield

  • Alerts you if a new or updated application contains a potential threat, and blocks it from installing.
  • SecureAnywhere Mobile provides options for either removing it, that is, sending it to quarantine, or ignoring it and continuing with the download.

File System Shield

  • Alerts you if the memory card in your device contains a potential threat, including threats that may launch when you restart or power on your device.
  • If it detects a threat, it provides options for removing it, that is, sending it to quarantine, or ignoring it.

Execution Shield

  • Alerts you if a suspicious application or file tries to install or start on your device.
  • If it detects a threat, it provides options for preventing the item from running, that is, sending it to quarantine, or ignoring the warning and allowing the item to run.

Dialer Shield

  • Blocks websites from dialing phone numbers that can cause suspicious or damaging activity, such as exposing your device's International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number, wiping your device, and so on.

Unknown Sources Shield

  • Alerts you if the Unknown Sources setting is enabled.
  • The Unknown Sources setting is a feature of your mobile device, available from Settings.
  • If enabled, it allows you to download applications that are not part of the Android Market.
  • On AT&T devices, the Unknown Sources setting always appears secure, which means the setting is disabled.
  • Premier/Complete versions only.

USB Debugging Shield

  • Alerts you if the USB Debugging setting is enabled.
  • The USB Debugging setting is a feature of your mobile device, available from Settings, which allows you to communicate with a computer over a USB port.
  • Connecting via USB can make the mobile device vulnerable to malware that could be downloaded over this port.
  • Premier/Complete versions only.