Lookout says 63% of us can’t keep up with mobile tech, nominate your “Tech Hero” in contest

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lookout_mobile_featureLookout Mobile Security‘s research has found that 63% of people just can not keep up with mobile technology. In a study group of more than 2000 people, one in three of them depend on someone who has a great deal of knowledge in the field. And of those that depend on a “Tech Hero,” 75% will turn to them for advice on what smartphone or tablet to purchase. These mobile tech-savy individuals may have accounted for $2.8 billion in the third quarter of 2013.

To reward these “Tech Heroes,” Lookout is holding a contest on Facebook. All you have to do is head over to their page and nominate your go-to for mobile technology. From there, nominees receive votes and become eligible to win prizes. The grand prize winner will be announced on January 7, 2014 and split $2,000 with their nominator. Leading up to that date, nominees will be randomly selected as winners for a few different devices. The four weeks prior will feature two Nexus 7 tablets, two Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watches, and two Samsung smart TVs.

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AT&T will preload Lookout security software on their devices from now on

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LookoutBloatware that comes preloaded on Android devices is usually quite annoying, and include apps that most people will never open. Regardless, Lookout says that from now on, they will be preloading their security software on all AT&T devices. Lookout has a 4.5 star rating on the Play Store, and has for a long time been a top notch security solution, so it’s definitely a welcome addition to bloatware, if that exists.

Google continues to say that anti-virus and malware prevention is unnecessary, but many other companies insist otherwise, as evidenced by this announcement.

Source: The Verge

 

Samsung set to announce antivirus software to be installed on all new devices

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According to a Wall Street Journal report, one of the announcements Samsung will be making today at the second episode of their Samsung Unpacked 2013 event is the installation of antivirus security software from Lookout Inc. on all Samsung KNOX devices in the coming month. The move appears to be part of Samsung’s attempt to protect business users from the reality that many, if not most, employees are using their personal phones for business purposes. The addition of the Lookout package is another step in that direction as the company tries to get protection out in front of the wall erected by other features on their smartphones. Samsung senior vice president Injong Rhee says, “Lookout is the leader in mobile threat protection and they are uniquely equipped to address business mobile security.” » Read the rest

Lookout Security app updated to provide hotfix for Galaxy S III lock screen hack

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Mobile security is being an increasingly big deal, and after that tricky little lock screen hack was discovered last week on a few Samsung model phones, it’s easy to see why. Fortunately, expert security application Lookout has released an update on the Play Store that temporarily patches this issue until Samsung can get a bugfix out to all of the afflicted devices.

Essentially, the hack involved trying to place an emergency call and accessing emergency contacts, then backing out to the home screen from the contact list. This would give the user full access to an unlocked home screen. Lookout has fixed that glitch by preemptively bringing the emergency dialer to the foreground when it’s running, which breaks the home button trick. This hotfix works on the Galaxy S III, Galaxy S III Mini, and the Galaxy Note II. Not a perfect solution, but hopefully this will hold people over until Samsung can personally fix the problem.

source: Lookout Blog

Lookout Gets Updated To Bring Lock Cam Functionality, Allowing Us To See Who Tried To Steal Our Precious Toys

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As our smartphones become more and more valuable to us, we need to find different ways to protect them or recover them quickly if they end up in the wrong hands. With this in mind, Lookout Mobile Security has recently been updated to give even more security and piece of mind for owners of various Android devices thanks to a couple of features. The first feature is the implementation of Lock Cam, which allows for users to see if their device has been stolen or if someone else may be trying to snoop through when you’re not around. The way Lock Cam works is that it takes a picture of anyone who enters an incorrect password three times into your Android lock screen with the front-facing camera on your device. Once that is done, owners of the vulnerable device then receives an email with the picture and the location of your device, giving you all the deets about who tried to access your device and where it happened. The second feature applies to premium subscription users where they can add a customized message of up to 300 characters to the Lookout Lock screen, so it acts as an SOS of sorts and helps the device find its way home to its rightful owner. Premium users can enable this cool feature by logging into Lookout.com from any smartphone or computer screen.

The latest update is now available for your Android device today, so head on down to the Play Store and grab it… now.

 

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T-Mobile and Lookout delivering Mobile Security Solution to protect customers’ devices

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Today, T-Mobile and the Lookout team have announced a partnership to bring customers an alternative mobile security solution. Lookout’s Automatic App Security will come pre-loaded on select devices this year on T-Mobile and is expected on most Android devices in 2013, securing smartphones and tablets right out of the box for free.

The second you turn on your T-Mobile Android device that has this pre-installed, your device will automatically be secured upon boot. According to T-Mobile and Lookout:

Lookout will scan all applications upon download, in addition to providing weekly scans for potential threats, using its Mobile Threat Network, the world’s largest database of applications. The user will be notified if the application is determined to be safe or not. If an application is identified as potentially harmful, Lookout will provide information and instructions on how to protect against the threat or uninstall the application.

These days, plenty of people are looking for extra ways to protect their mobile phones. After all, these phones are more like computers these days than actual phones. You can always pay $2.99 extra per month for additional features such as remotely locking your device or backing up photos. Do you guys see this as something you’d love to have or do you see it as something you don’t need and will just add to bloat-ware?

You can check T-Mobile and Lookouts press release after the break for further information!

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Lookout Mobile Security issues update to protect against dialer exploits

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Security is a major concern amongst Android users, and this week a major security vulnerability was found on Samsung devices which allowed handsets to be remotely wiped from the Dialer application. While Samsung says the issue has been fixed with a software update, it remains unclear whether or not other phones have been affected. Regardless, the mobile security experts at Lookout have rolled out an update to their official Android application, providing much-needed protection against malicious and hazardous phone numbers.

This makes Lookout Security & Antivirus the first application to successfully block the exploit. The protection works by scanning telephone links before they open. When selecting a telephone number, the service will proceed to warn you if the number is fake or malicious. It does require user input, however, as Lookout will ask if you’d like to scan the tel: link in question. As usual though, when making a selection you can set it as the default within the pop-up box. So, if you haven’t already updated to the latest version of Lookout, you can head to the Play Store link below. For those of you not currently using a security suite for your phone, now is probably a good time to start.

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Lookout Launches Updated Mobile Web Site, Makes Finding Lost Phones Easy

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Lookout Security and Antivirus has always been a great security suite that keeps your phone virus-free, helps you find lost phones, and securely backs up your data to the cloud. Now it got even better with the newly-revamped mobile web site, which allows you to find a lost or stolen device from any browser. The site has always had the ability to find a lost device, but the new layout makes it simpler than ever.

The new mobile site allows you to view your contacts, locate your phone through Google Maps, and remotely wipe and lock your device if you’re a Premium user. The redesign makes it very touch friendly since most people locate their lost phones from other mobile devices (usually a nearby friend’s phone as soon as the user first notices his phone is missing). You can even force your phone to “scream”, even if the sound is off, in case you lost your phone nearby.

So if you’re prone to losing things, or if you just want to be ultra-safe, download Lookout from the Play Store link or QR code below, and be sure to visit mylookout.com from a mobile device to check out the new site. 

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Lookout Labs Introduces Mobile Threat Tracker App

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Mobile security developer Lookout is looking to further innovate internet security on our mobile devices. Using the Lookout Labs (which is how the Lookout team creates and launches new products), they’ve gone ahead and introduced the Mobile Threat Tracker. The app allows you to zoom through time and watch as thousands of sparks light up the globe; each spark represents Lookout blocking a threat to protect a real user. The Mobile Threat Tracker is essentially an interactive means of seeing the threats that Lookout identifies and catches every day. Basically, the app should answer basic questions including “are there really mobile threats?” and “how many mobile threats are there?” There’s even the ability to see the names of the top three trending threats such as week’s top threat, RuPaidMarket, masquerades as a useful app but actually sends premium SMS messages without allowing you to opt out, or letting you know that you will be charged. Sounds awful familiar, doesn’t it?

The app is only compatible with Froyo+ devices, so if you don’t have Android 2.2, sadly you’re out of luck. You can find the Mobile Threat Tracker app in the Android Market today. So be sure to grab it in the Market or using the handy QR code provided to you below.

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European Premium SMS Toll Fraud Rising, Thanks in Part to RuFraud

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In recent months premium SMS toll fraud apps have been on the rise and have been primarily targeting users in Europe. Known as downloaders for for well-known third party software (i.e. an app like Opera Mobile) and can be primarily found on various file sharing sites and alternative markets.

This week, a new threat known as RuFraud, has come to light. It’s posted to the official Android Market and the first batch appeared as a string of horoscope apps with a hidden Terms of Service indicating charges. When you first use these apps you are presented with one option to continue, and this is presumed to be an agreement to premium charges buried in layers of obscure links. These short codes can affect users in the following countries:

- Russia,
- Azerbaijan,
- Armenia,
- Georgia,
- Czech Republic,
- Poland,
- Kazakhstan,
- Belarus,
- Latvia,
- Kyrgyzstan,
- Tajikistan,
- Ukraine,
- Estonia. » Read the rest

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