February 6, 2012

Smartphone and App Growth Soars: Infographic

Do you love your smartphone? Do you love downloading apps? If you said yes, you’re not alone. Smartphones have taken the world by storm! Check out this infographic to learn more about mobile device and app growth.

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  1. Karol Davis says:

    More smartphones, more reasons to have Lookout! With more phones, there will be more hackers, so an app like Lookout is mandatory!

  2. David Jonathan says:

    I just read https://www.mylookout.com/mobile-threat-report, and while it discusses the need for users to review the the permission requests made by apps during the installation process, no where does it mention that the way some of the Android permissions are grouped are themselves an invitation to malware.

    For instance, I started to install a streaming-audio app suggested by a well-known radio station, so I could assume the app is safe. The app requested the READ_PHONE_STATE permission, so that the app can mute the sound if a call is received.

    But READ_PHONE_STATE also tells the app your phone number, the phone number you are talking to, the IMEI (unique cell phone serial), serial of the SIM-CARD, etc. A streaming audio app doesn’t need any of that, but for malware masquerading as an audio app, READ_PHONE_STATE is a gold mine of information.

    READ_PHONE_STATE is an overly broad permission. WHY?

    • Amy says:

      @David, thanks for your message. You raise a good point about the broad scope of the Android permissions model. As you can probably imagine it’s a very difficult undertaking to develop a set of permissions that is concise, easy to understand, and yet detailed enough to describe individual data points around information collection. There’s no shortage of opinions on the current way that Android structures its permissions. Lookout provides Privacy Advisor as an alternate method to view application permissions in-aggregate, something that is difficult for users to view in the standard Android interface. At the same time, Lookout’s security team regularly analyzes applications that request suspect permissions for just the type of behavior that you’ve outlined. If an application is found to overstep its described functionality and collect overly personal information, we ensure that users are aware of this behavior by flagging it as malware or spyware. If you have any other questions/comments, please feel free to send them our way. Thanks!

  3. rodgers simaye says:

    lookout is the best antivirus so far for my android smart phone and i can’t just live without it.
    please friends try it and you will benefit a lot apart from preventing malware.
    It’s more than itself.

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