February 6, 2016

Employee Spotlight: Heinzel Factora on coordinating programs, people, and major products

In this series we’re highlighting some of our awesome employees and the work they do. In their own words, you’ll hear about our employees biggest wins, favorite moments, and reasons for doing what they do. Interested in starting a career at Lookout? Check out our open jobs.

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Heinzel Factora
Staff Technical Program Manager

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February 5, 2016

Security week-in-review: Danger, Will Robinson, we’ve been redirected

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It’s hard to keep up with the hundreds of security-specific headlines published every week.

So, we’re rounding up the top news that affect you, your business, and the security and technology industry overall. This week we explore regulations around data transfers, how much the data on a mobile device is really worth, and a number of noteworthy threats. Check back every Friday to learn about the latest in security news.

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February 3, 2016

The data on your phone is worth $14K: Learn more about the data on this addictive device

You love your phone. It’s the first thing you look at in the morning, one of the last things you look at before bed. You take it to the bathroom with you.

No, we’re not following you around; we’re just like you. We’re all addicted — 73 percent of us — to this little device. Mobile devices are like bionic extensions of our arms, connecting us to friends, helping us keep up with work, tracking our health, letting us bank from anywhere, taking important pictures, the list goes on. Each of those turn into precious data points that your phone accesses or stockpiles — indeed, the data on your phone is worth $14,000!  

However, for as critical to our everyday lives as they are, mobile devices as we know them are really only around a decade old. We believe it’s important to understand the impact of the mobile device, the huge amount of data it holds, and how we keep both safe. So, we surveyed over 700 people just like you.

Check out the results below and get smart about your mobile data and security.

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January 29, 2016

Security week-in-review: Attacks big, small, and not at all

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It’s hard to keep up with the hundreds of security-specific headlines published every week.

So, we’re rounding up the top news that affect you, your business, and the security and technology industry overall. Knowledge is power. Check back every Friday to learn about the latest in security news.

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January 29, 2016

Your phone will become more important than your password

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The password may be one of the worst security elements we have.

They are oftentimes easily guessed because we, as humans, are generally pretty bad at creating and remembering them. So, we use weak passwords across multiple accounts. We use simple passwords like “123456” or “password.” We share our passwords with our friends and family members (I’m looking at you, Netflix-share-ers).

The industry is also yet to find something better. The phone, however, presents new and exciting ways for companies to protect their accounts, which means the phone is also become a critical part of the hacker “kill chain.”

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January 26, 2016

Creating a culture of giving back

The team at the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in 2015. The team at the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in 2015.

It’s been almost two years since I moved from Boston to San Francisco to take on the CEO role here at Lookout. Of course, I expected some level of culture shock after spending the first 30 years of my career on the east coast. Still, I was unprepared for how different this city is. I quickly learned to substitute face-to-face customer experiences with a few clicks of an app for my most routine activities, including ordering weekly groceries from Amazon, take out from Postmates, and virtually everything else from Google Express. And, of course, Uber is now my primary means of transportation.

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January 25, 2016

Roasting RSA: Join us for a night of laughter & real talk on all things security

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Sometimes it’s better to laugh at yourself. Come join Lookout and a cast of security heavyweights at RSA as we roast the security industry while touching on the legitimate problems the world is facing from cyber-foes today.

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January 25, 2016

4 new threats to banking apps that show why app hardening is so important

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Four recently uncovered threats targeting banking apps shine new light on why all apps that handle sensitive data need to be secured from the inside out.

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January 22, 2016

Culture-builder: The history and the future of the Lookout Hackathon


Hackathons are in Lookout’s blood.

We first started holding Hackathons when we were a third of our size, aspiring to get the creative juice flowing across teams. Today, the Hackathon spans two-days in which employees leave the comfort of their teams and enter collaborations with new coworkers, serving in new roles. An engineer may become a product manager; a designer may use their skills in web development, all building awesome projects that oftentimes really do end up in Lookout’s products.

It’s one of our favorite times of year and this year, we wanted to highlight our Hackathon leaders: Namhee Koo, our current Hackathon coordinator, and David Richardson, the guy who started it all 4 years ago.

Hear from them why the hackathon is so key to Lookout’s culture, where it’s headed, and all the goofy stuff in between:

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January 21, 2016

Loss & Fraud: World Economic Forum cites mobile attacks in its ‘Global Risks Report 2016’

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The World Economic Forum is calling for immediate attention to mobile cyberattack in its ‘Global Risks Report’ for 2016 — a recommendation that echoes the rapid adoption of new technologies in business and government agencies and the great need for equal interest in the associated risks and protections.

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