Lookout today announced the findings of its Mobile Privacy IQ study, a survey of smartphone owners in the United States, that examines data-based trends about our privacy mindsets and how they inform our perceptions, behaviors, and feelings toward privacy when using mobile devices.
What we found is that despite being increasingly tuned in to the importance of protecting the data on their mobile devices, a clear disconnect exists between people’s understanding of what it means to be privacy conscious and the actions they take in the real world.
Key findings include:
Interested in learning more? Read the full findings of Lookout’s Mobile Privacy IQ study.
FREAK is the latest in a line of recently uncovered vulnerabilities affecting the way communications are secured over the Internet. Specifically, it impacts SSL/TLS and stands for “Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys”. The bug allows an attacker to sit between your HTTPS connection and the vulnerable client or server and force you to use a less secure version of encryption. This downgraded encryption may allow an attacker to obtain your data.
No, Lookout’s infrastructure is not impacted by the FREAK vulnerability. Users are not at risk through Lookout’s product, however, that does not mean that your device itself is not otherwise vulnerable.
Unfortunately, like the Heartbleed and POODLE vulnerabilities, people need to wait for a patch from their carrier or device manufacturer to be released. Apple has released a patch for Safari on iOS and Mac OS. Google has promised a patch, but has not yet released one.
If you’ve received an official manufacturer or carrier update to your operating system, install it!
In the continued quest to build out the best leadership in the industry, Lookout has hired a chief marketing officer, Deb Wolf, and vice president of platform products, Santosh Krishnan.
Deb and Santosh will help Lookout seize the opportunity we have across both consumer and enterprise businesses by accelerating our ability to deliver innovative products and develop successful relationships with our customers. But what was it that brought these accomplished leaders to Lookout? It’s always best to hear directly from the source.
Unfortunately, even official app stores’ app-vetting systems are not perfect. Lookout has found 13 instances, or apps, with adware in Google Play, some of which pretend to be Facebook and have malware-like characteristics making it difficult to remove from the phone.
We alerted Google to these 13 instances and the company quickly removed them from the store. All Lookout users are protected against this threat.
Spring is here, which means it’s time to roll up your sleeves and do some serious cleaning. There’s more to tidy up than your house, though; your phone is probably overflowing with photos, apps and clutter you could do without. Here are six tips to help you freshen up your phone — once you’re done, your phone will thank you!
But we can’t do it without your help. We need your votes for Aaron’s RSA talk and here’s why:
The iOS App Store is not the impenetrable walled garden you think it is.
For years consumers have lifted up iOS as the safe mobile operating system. Comparatively, it does see much less malware than Android likely due to its rigorous manual testing of App Store apps and technological limitations that only allow approved apps on iOS devices. But to believe you’re 100 percent in the clear if you’re using an iOS device is a mistake.
Lookout has hired on a vice president of Federal Systems, Bob Stevens, as part of a company initiative to make the government workforce more productive through the secure use of mobile devices.
Today, the Blackhat movie hit theaters with its surprisingly realistic portrayal of hacking (save for the shanking and guns). But while we’re impressed with it’s accuracy, we know there are plenty of hacker myths that need to be aired.
2014 was the year of malware sophistication — new threats, monetization strategies, and distribution methods all surfaced and became legitimate issues.
That’s just one of our findings from this year’s Mobile Threat Report — Lookout’s deep dive into the world of mobile threats in 2014, which we are releasing today.
We looked into our dataset of the world’s mobile code, gathered anonymously from our 60 million sensors (our users!) around the globe. We analyzed this data and found a number of interesting trends:
And we expect that adversarial attention on the U.S. — a country that has traditionally flown under the mobile malware radar — will only continue in 2015.
Got thoughts on what next year might hold? Leave us a comment!
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