March 29, 2012

Growing Up: The Maturation of iOS and Android OS Infographic

It’s hard to believe that just five years ago iPhones and Android phones didn’t exist. Mobile techonology has taken the world by storm, but just how far has mobile innovation come? Take a look back in time to see the progression of the Android and Apple operating systems and view the major milestones along the way.

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Category:   Android  •  Apple  •  Lookout News
March 28, 2012

You’re a Winner! Or Are You? The Walmart Gift Card Scam

We’ve all seen them – those brightly colored ads letting us know we’ve won an iPad or a gift card, or that we’re the lucky 1,000,000,000th visitor. Perhaps out of curiosity, perhaps hypnotized by the prospect of a magical $500 Walmart shopping spree or the thought of all the TV shows you could watch on your free iPad2, some of you have even clicked on one of these ads. Whatever the reason, we’d just like to remind you that when it comes to these ads, you are not a winner. It’s not a reflection of you as a person; these ads are phishing scams that play into your hopes in order to profit.

You’ve probably spotted these types of fake giveaway ads on your desktop before, but they’re now popping up on mobile phones as well. To learn how to spot these scams, take a look at how the “Walmart Gift Card Scam” works:

Category:   Lookout News  •  Privacy  •  Security
March 23, 2012

Want Mobile Security Resources? We Got ‘Em.

We’ve gotten some great feedback and compliments on our Mobile Lost & Found, which launched yesterday with some very nice press coverage. (We grinned at Bloomberg’s post title “Lose Your Smartphone? Check McDonald’s. Or the Dojo.”)

You may have noticed the report launched within the new Lookout Resources section of

Resources is the new home for all of Lookout’s original reports (like Mobile Lost & Found, the 2011 Mobile Threat Report and 2011 App Genome Report), coverage of top mobile threats, and Know Your Mobile articles and infographics for everyday smartphone fans.

Category:   Lookout News  •  Privacy  •  Security
March 22, 2012

Mobile Lost & Found: Your Phone’s Favorite Hiding Places

Today we’re excited to announce Mobile Lost & Found, an interactive website that let’s you see the top cities for phone loss, discover the places where people lose their phones the most, and understand the financial impact of lost phones around the globe. Have you ever lost your phone? Not a fun experience, is it? Losing your phone is more than just a hassle – it’s expensive. If everyone who misplaced their phone didn’t ever recover it, we estimate lost phones could cost U.S. consumers more than $30 billion in 2012! Last year alone, we helped 9 million people locate their phones worldwide – that’s a phone every 3.5 seconds!

Since phone loss can have such a huge impact on our wallets and everyday lives, we got to thinking: what kinds of places are people losing their phones? Are there some cities around the world where you’re more likely to lose a phone? How much could the phone loss problem cost people? To get some answers, we analyzed our 2011 lost phone data from Lookout’s 15+ million users worldwide, and created the Mobile Lost & Found to let you explore what we uncovered. The Mobile Lost & Found is a part of our new Resources website, where there is a ton of information on how to get started with your smartphone and what you can do to keep it safe.

Here’s a peek at what we found:

  • In the U.S. people lose a smartphone about once a year.
  • People in Manchester, England have the highest likelihood of losing their phone out of any other population in the world.
  • Phones are more often lost at night. Two-thirds of phone loss happens between the hours of 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. local time. And one of the top places to lose your phone at is a bar or pub – we’ll let you draw your own conclusion as to why!
  • Coffee shops, offices, bars and restaurants top the list as the most common venues to lose your phone in the U.S.
  • Unsurprisingly, more phones are lost during festivals and celebrations. During Christmas, more than $11 million dollars worth of phones were lost.
  • During the week of Carnival (aka Mardi Gras), more phones were lost around the world than during your average parade-less, bead-less week. Party-goers in Cologne lost 30% more phones and in Paris, 72% more phones were lost.
  • The top U.S. cities for phone loss include (Interestingly, many of the cities with highest rates of lost phones also were in the top ranks for the FBI’s most recent crime stats):
    1. Philadelphia
    2. Seattle
    3. Oakland
    4. Long Beach
    5. Newark
    6. Detroit
    7. Cleveland
    8. Baltimore
    9. New York
    10. Boston

To help you avoid the mental and financial burden of losing a phone, we recommend you set a passcode on your phone (that way if you lose your phone no one can steal your data), and download an app with a phone locator feature, like Lookout.

We hope you enjoy exploring Mobile Lost & Found! Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Category:   Android  •  Lookout News  •  Missing Device
March 21, 2012

Lookout CEO John Hering: One of The “10 Disruptive Individuals Reshaping the Mobile Industry”

Mobile technology is changing the way we interact, do business, and navigate through our everyday lives. In this cutting edge industry, specific individuals are building companies that will not only impact the mobile world—they will redefine it. Who are these “Mobile Movers”? VentureBeat recently released a list of the top 10 “Disruptive Individuals” who are reshaping the mobile industry, and Lookout’s CEO John Hering was singled out for his innovative approach to mobile security. Long before people even recognized the threat of malware or spyware to mobile phones, and armed with an understanding of the vulnerabilities associated with mobile computing, John built Lookout, a company that now protects millions of smartphones around the world.

Congratulations to everyone who was featured in VentureBeat’s “Disruptive Individuals” list–it’s an honor to be distinguished as one of the players reshaping the mobile industry.

Help us spread the word and cast your vote! Visit VentureBeat’s website and vote for John Hering as the “most disruptive mobile tech innovator in 2012.”  Thank you!

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Category:   Lookout News  •  Security
March 16, 2012

Tax Season Is Phishing Season

Tax Day is approaching fast, and the phish are really biting this year. Scam artists are hard at work trying to trick tax payers through fraudulent phishing emails and links. Recently, a scam rocked the web that sent  emails masquerading as Intuit and their TurboTax product. The phishing e-mail claimed to come from the tax software provider and offered a deceptive subject line stating: “Your order confirmation” to trick users into believing the email was legitimate so they would share their financial information.

This time of year it’s particularly important to be on the lookout for these types of phishing scams. Mobile users need to take extra care to think before they click since people are more likely to open these types of email scams sooner when they have mobile, on-the-go access to new messages. So how can you avoid taking the phish bait? Check out these tips and you’ll be pushing that delicious earthworm aside in no time.

Why are smartphoners more susceptible?

Category:   Android  •  Lookout News  •  Phishing  •  Privacy  •  Security
March 12, 2012

Lookout for Android Is Now Available in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese!

Shhh. Do you hear that? That’s the beautiful sound of mobile security “en español” and “em português.” Lookout for Android is available in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese from the Google Play Store (formerly known as Android Market).

With eight countries and five languages down, our global mobile security mission has been a huge hit. Brazilians and Spanish speakers now join Canadians, Australians, Brits, Germans, the Japanese and the French in enjoying a better user experience through a localized Lookout app with all the same great security, missing device and backup features. Lookout Premium is also available for the most complete protection for US$2.99/month or US$29.99/year.

Who knows what Lookout’s travel plans hold next? Let’s just say we have unlimited frequent flier miles.

Category:   Android  •  Lookout News  •  Security
March 7, 2012

Lookout for Android – Get It on Google Play

Yesterday, Google rebranded the Android Market as Google Play. As TechCrunch reported, “what started as just a standalone app store has quickly grown to encompass e-books, music, videos.” The new brand name is targeted to imply that you can discover, rent or buy and store all your music, books, movies and apps in one place, and access it from any device, not just from your Android.

So, the Google Play store is the new home for Android apps, including Lookout Mobile Security. We’ll miss the super cute green Android robot guy, but we’re excited for all the growth in the Android ecosystem that prompted this change. We’re rolling out changes soon on the Lookout website to make it clear that Lookout for Android is available to download for free on Google Play.

What do you think about Google Play? Have you seen Google Play app replace Android Market on your phone yet? Join the conversation on our Facebook page.

Category:   Android  •  Google Play  •  Lookout News
March 7, 2012

PC Magazine Editors’ Choice Award: Lookout Mobile Security

We’re honored to announce that Lookout was named PC Magazine’s Editors’ Choice! The review describes our product as “powerful, triple-threat protection against almost anything that can go wrong with your Android!” PC Magazine also highlights Lookout’s ease of use, appealing interface and non-alarmist approach to security. We’d like to thank PC Magazine for this prestigious award, and also thank our users—your feedback and support enables us to offer such a great product.

We’d love to hear your thoughts! To write your review of our app, please visit and share your feedback about our product.

Category:   Android  •  Lookout News  •  Security
March 2, 2012

Infographic: Battery Saving 101

When it comes to smartphones, good battery life is important. How important? 59% of smartphone users rated battery life as essential in deciding what smartphone to purchase. So how can you get the most mileage out of your phone’s battery? Check out our “Battery Saving 101” infographic to learn tips and tricks to keep your phone running strong!

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Category:   Lookout News