It is should be no surprise that every day, threats are targeted towards all desktops as well as mobile platforms. Unfortunately, Android in particular is known to see more malware opposed to other mobile operating systems, due to the ease of installing 3rd-party applications and software.
The threat level for Android is always a “win/ lose” situation. If you have unknown sources enabled to download files from the web, you are invulnerable against cyber attacks. However by only downloading software from trusted users, you may be introduced to less clutter. In any case, you have to owe it to great developers from companies like Kaspersky’s Mobile Security, for around the clock mobile security. Especially with some new improvements and tweaks that the dev team had upgraded under the hood.
Lookout Mobile Security has always been downloadable all over the world where 30% if Lookout’s users are international. Now features like find-my-phone, data backup, and data restore features that the U.S. have enjoyed are available in the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada with more to come. Their first overseas partnership is with Telstra giving its customers access to Lookout via the Android Market. Lookout is upping its game quickly with it’s recent move to the Android tablet arena and now pushing it’s feature internationally. If you haven’t signed up for Lookout yet, you should check it out. The free app provides security, data backup, and find-my-phone features, but Lookout Premium provides comprehensive security and privacy protection for $2.99/month or $29.99/year. More importantly, you can now register both your smartphone and tablet under the same account. Hit up the break for download links and the full press release from Lookout.
It is time for another TalkAndroid giveaway. This is one is from Lookout Mobile Security as they promote awareness during National Cyber Security Awareness month.
We are giving away five Lookout premium accounts valued at $29.99.
Full list of rules:
- Leave a post in this forum thread. It can be a simple hello or maybe your own tips or experiences with mobile security.
- Additional posts from the same user will be ignored.
- The contest ends 11:59pm eastern on October 8, 2011.
- Winners will be picked at random and contacted via email.
- Comments made to this post will not be counted, you must go to the forum link in rule #1.
Today is the first day of October, which means it’s the beginning of the baseball postseason, but it’s also the start of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. As our smartphones become more important in our daily lives, Lookout Mobile Security is reminding us that our smartphones are computers too. We aren’t using our phones for just calls or snapping a few pictures, we are also using them to bank, shop, and send valuable information. Unfortunately, that means our phones become a target for hackers. In fact, up to one million mobile phone users will be affected by mobile security threats in 2011.
It’s not all doom and gloom because Lookout Mobile Security is here to help and protect us. During National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Lookout will be running an educational series on its blog to help us understand how to protect our phones and personal information.
“We’ve already seen how PC users became a target for attacks, and we don’t want this to be the fate of mobile users. People can absolutely take steps to keep themselves safe on their mobile device,” said Kevin Mahaffey, co-Founder and CTO of Lookout. “With the proper knowledge people can protect their most personal device before mobile security threats become a larger issue.”
In addition Lookout is going to give Lookout Premium accounts to 5 lucky TalkAndroid readers, so look for our contest posting shortly.
Full Press release after the break:
Symantec, long-time provider of Antivirus and Security suites on the PC, announced today that their latest endeavor, Norton Mobile Security Lite, would be released for free on the Android Market to those in need of an antivirus solution.
The lite version offers the same trusted protection as that of the full version, but blocks the recovery features such as remote wipe or lost phone location. The full version comes with many other capabilities like malware and phishing protection, SMS and call blocking.
If you’re in need of an antivirus solution, check it out at the link here.
Our very good friends over at Lookout Security have announced the discovery of a new piece of malware that’s harassing some Android users. GGTracker seems to be sneaking itself into a few users’ ads, and disguises itself as an Android Market installation screen. While relatively low-risk, it does have the potential to rack up some “premium SMS” charges for infected users, potentially signing you for services that charge directly to your phone bill and usually require user interaction to sign up for. It’s been sighted masquerading as a battery optimizer packaged as ‘t4t.pwower.management,’ and in a porn app packaged as ‘com.space.sexypic’ – so if you see either of those, be wary. As always, the best protection is to download Lookout Mobile Security from our apps database or from the Android Market to make sure you’re completely protected, and the premium version will give you added “Safe Browsing” security that will check all browser links for security before directing you there. (If you don’t already have Lookout Premium, but sure and use our exclusive promo code to save yourself five bucks on the purchase.)
So be wary, practice safe browser practices, and make sure you have at the very least the free version of Lookout installed on your phone. They’ll watch out for you.
[via lookout – thanks Alicia!!]
In a statement made at MWC, Eugene Kaspersky (co-founder of Kaspersky Labs) said that he believes Android OS will consume 80% of teh smartphone market, leaving RIM and Apple to fight over the last 20% remaining, with Microsoft eating the crumbs off the table essentially. We know that Android has been hot and out-pacing many other mobile platforms in popular growth and activations as well, which may lend itself nicely to this type of prediction.
Eugene also said,”I believe that if Apple, BlackBerry, Microsoft don’t change their strategy very soon we will soon have the same mobile operating system landscape as we have with computers.” What he meant by that was the industry adoption of Windows PC’s, which left OS’s like Linux and Apple in the dust. Stephen Elop of Nokia mentioned that Android is a “black hole for innovation” for the wireless industry, but I’m sure he was just mad cause Google wouldn’t let Nokia mess with Android. I mean, why would you want to radically change something that is obviously out performing your own OS (symbian)?
Basically, it’s early to see if Eugene’s prediction come to light, but Android has definately been on pace to suggest those claims. Time will tell the tale.
By now, I’m sure most of you have heard of Lookout Mobile Security. They’re a company that provides security application for mobile devices, like Android, Blackberry and Windows Mobile. Now, I’m a huge fan of Lookout. In fact, as we speak, I’m backing my pictures up to their servers from my HTC Evo. But we wanted to get in a little closer with the Lookout team, find out about their product and the challenges they face. So, we scheduled a sit-down with Lookout Chief Technical Officer Kevin Mahaffey and Principal Security Engineer Tim Wyatt, and had a chat.
It seems like everyone’s trying to get on the Android bandwagon, and anti-virus and security companies are no exception. Security company AVG, makers of the well known antivirus program by the same name, has recently acquired DroidSecurity, the minds behind the Android app “Antivirus”, currently available in the Android Market. And, as of now, the Antivirus apps (paid and free) have been updated to include the AVG name.
The biggest competition to the new partnership on the Android boat will be Symantec, who recently incoporated their popular “Symantec” brand to the Android Market as well with their app, Norton Mobile Security. With more and more information being moved to mobile devices, it’s only a matter of time until we see a true flood of antivirus apps in the Market, but companies like AVG and Symantec will probably – and should – stay on top for while to come.
What do you think? Be sure to let us know in the comments, and hit the break for the full press release. All apps mentioned, including the new versions of Antivirus, can be found at our app database here.
Alright, before you panic, let’s all calm down and take a look at what’s going on here.
A security team named “Lookout”, who does have antivirus and anti-malware apps available for the Android platform, has said that there are a number of apps, all from the same developer, that are recording and sending out personal information from users’ devices to an unknown source somewhere in China, to include:
- browsing history
- text messages
- your SIM card data
- subscriber ID
- voicemail password (if it’s set to be entered automatically)
Is this a big deal? Absolutely. Should wallpaper apps be doing this? No way. However, there has been an unofficial response from Lookout concerning the uproar surrounding the situation, wherein Kevin Mahaffey, CTO for Lookout, Inc., states:
while the data the wallpaper apps are accessing are certainly suspicious coming from wallpaper apps, we’re not saying that these applications are malicious. There have been cases in the past where applications are simply a little overzealous in their data gathering practices, but not because of any ill intent.
While this is no justification for the problems surrounding the apps, it does clarify the possibility that this may simply be some slap-happy programming from an overly-zealous developer. Still, either way, we would recommend removing any of these apps in question. The list of suspected apps can be found here.