January 24, 2012

Introducing Lookout Labs’ Mobile Threat Tracker

Here at Lookout, we like to push the boundaries of mobile. That’s why we started “Lookout Labs,” an initiative that enables our team to quickly create and launch new mobile products. Many of you have already had the chance to find a lost phone with Plan B, or learn a little more about Carrier IQ with our detector app; both were concocted in Lookout Labs. Today, we’re excited to introduce our Mobile Threat Tracker: (available for download on the Android Market). This interactive 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. With the Lookout Mobile Threat Tracker, you can now see the threats that Lookout identifies and catches every day. This app should answer some of the questions we get all the time: “Are there really mobile threats?” “How many mobile threats are there?” “What are the most common mobile threats?”

In the Mobile Threat Tracker app, tap on the information icon to see the names of the top three trending threats. Tap on a name to learn more about that threat. This 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.

Behind the Mobile Threat Tracker

As an engineering intern at Lookout, I love reading the stories that Lookout users submit to our company. It’s pretty cool to hear how Lookout has saved the day for our users by finding their lost or stolen phone, backing up their precious data, or blocking them from downloading a malicious app. I thought it would be interesting to build an application showing the many threats that Lookout detects across the world, telling the story of these individual users at a macro level. This was the idea behind the Mobile Threat Tracker. The Mobile Threat Tracker shows a globe against a starry backdrop where each flying spark is a mobile threat we’ve detected and blocked. With a swipe of your finger, you can travel through time to see mobile threat activity, and learn more about the top threats Lookout protected against for the current week. This data is updated hourly so you can see mobile threats appear and disappear over time.

We hope you enjoy using the Mobile Threat Tracker to see the mobile threats Lookout protects against across the globe. Download the app from the Android Market today: Mobile Threat Tracker. We’d love to know your thoughts, too: feedback@lookout[dot]com. Be sure to stay tuned for more innovative projects from Lookout Labs!

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