June 29, 2012

5 Things Lookout Loves About Google I/O 2012

Yesterday was the second day of Google I/O, the humongous developers conference held every year in San Francisco. Thousands attend for the amazing keynote speeches, code labs, technical sessions, product demos and free gadgets.

As developers for the top Android security app, a few Lookout employees attended Google I/O and wanted to share their thoughts of what they liked best of all the new Google announcements.

  • “The skydiving was cool. I ordered Google Glass already.”

In the opening keynote speech, Google executives introduced Android operating system version 4.1, nicknamed Jellybean, as well as Nexus 7 tablet and Nexus Q (see below). But the splashiest announcement was for Google Glass, a glasses headset that can be used for live streaming audio and video, announced by Google co-founder, Sergey Brin. Attendees watched a live streaming Google+ Hangout from Google Glass-wearing skydivers, who jumped out of a blimp to land atop Moscone conference center. Google Glass devices were made available to I/O attendees for pre-order, and Lookout engineer Anbu is 359th in line! Watch the opening keynote speech on YouTube.

  • “Hooray for Nexus 7 and Nexus Q… and swag!”
Category:   Android  •  Google Play
June 28, 2012

Lookout CEO Takes The Stage at Uplinq 2012

This year, Qualcomm invited our CEO to give the keynote address at Uplinq 2012 Mobile Developer and Application Conference. This morning John took the stage to discuss three pivotal components of mobile software development: the user, design, and technology.

By putting the user first, and focusing on building a product that solved problems for users, John was able to grow Lookout to over 20 million users in just a few years time.

John explained that another key component to building successful software involves design. Your mobile device is your most personal computer—John knew that if people were going to embrace mobile security, it would have to be very easy to use and well designed. People choose apps that are intuitive and aesthetically appealing; it’s imperative to make design a part of the development process when building mobile apps.

Finally, many apps request a host of permissions and amass large amounts of data. Developers should be mindful of the information they collect. By using data responsibly, mobile developers bolster consumer confidence and drive the success of the success of the mobile ecosystem.

Check out the Uplinq website, for more information about this year’s developer conference.

*Photo Courtesy Qualcomm Inc.

Category:   Lookout News  •  Privacy  •  Security
June 28, 2012

On the Eve of Google I/O, We Partied Our Apps Off!

This week thousands of people traveled from near and far to attend Google I/O 2012 in San Francisco. And to kick off this much anticipated event, we threw a party!

We invited our friends, fellow developers, and press to join us for a night filled with good food (can you say Le Truc sliders?), music, and goodie bags. We also had a photo booth so folks could snap shots with their friends as pirates, superheroes, the Android guy, or even Lookout’s famous shield. We saw some fun pics show up in the Twitter feed for #partyyourappsoff.

We had an awesome time. A BIG thanks goes to everyone who came out to join in on the fun. We will see you all next year!

Category:   Lookout News
June 27, 2012

Planning an Overseas Vacation This Summer? Download These Travel-Tested Mobile Apps

If you’re planning a fantastic adventure abroad this summer, let us be the first to wish you “Bon Voyage!” But before taking off, you may want to load up a few great apps that will make traveling overseas a breeze. These apps will help you make sense of new languages and currencies, navigate like a local, learn interesting facts about the sites around you and capture and share memories as soon as you create them. Just be mindful of possible roaming network data charges and use password-protected WiFi when you can.

Google Translate Does that sign say we should or should not drink the water? How do I ask where I can charge my cell phone? With Google Translate, language is no longer a barrier. The app instantly translates text in 64 languages. You can even use speech-to-speech conversation mode to talk with others in another language. Available on Android (free)

XE Currency Keep your travel budget under control—or at least know exactly how many US dollars you’re blowing through. Whether the price you’re looking at is in Euros, Pesos or Rupees, XE Currency can instantly convert over 180 currencies using the most up-to-date rates.  Available on Android (free), iPhone and iPad

Category:   Android  •  Apple  •  Lookout News
June 22, 2012

Security Alert: CI4 SMS Bot

Lookout has identified a new SMS bot (a mechanism that allows for automatically sending SMS messages) that thus far has been distributed via email spam campaigns. When downloaded, the malware – which we’ve dubbed CI4 – sends identifying information off the infected device to a remote server. CI4’s most unique trait, however, is that it employs Twitter to obfuscate the data transmission channel: CI4 acquires its command and control host address from algorithmically generated Twitter accounts. Lookout has notified Twitter of the affected accounts and all Lookout users are automatically protected from this threat.

How it works

Category:   Android  •  Lookout News  •  Security
June 22, 2012

Lookout Hosts Mobile Security & Privacy Meetup in SF

Are you interested in mobile security or secure app development? In three weeks, Lookout will host San Francisco’s Mobile Security & Privacy Meetup at our office in the Financial District!  On July 11th, at 6PM, our own Lookout security team will show developers and security pros how to reverse Android applications. It’ll be a great way to learn how to secure your own apps or research vulnerabilities.

There are still a few spots open, but they’re going fast. You can register on Meetup.com.

As an added bonus, TWO lucky attendees will win a pass to this year’s DEFCON 20 Ninja Party!

Even if you can’t make it to our first meetup, join the Meetup.com group to find out about upcoming events. Future meetups will focus on issues around app security, how developers can protect their users, privacy best practices and more. Hope to see you there!

Category:   Android  •  Lookout News  •  Security
June 21, 2012

The Results Are In: We LOVE Our Smartphones!

Some might say that people are literally infatuated with their smartphones. And they might be right! Today we released our Mobile Mindset Study – a data-based exploration of our attachment to smartphones and the new behaviors our devices are driving.

We commissioned Harris Interactive to poll more than 2,000 Americans on how much they use, where they use and how they feel about their phones, and we uncovered lots of interesting trends.

We check our phones all of the time…

Our attachment to smartphones is driving quirky (and sometimes risky) habits…

Category:   Lookout News  •  Security
June 19, 2012

Lookout Family Now Available For Sprint Customers!

With more and more kids owning smartphones, mobile phone protection is increasingly important to parents.  Today we’re excited to announce Lookout Family, part of Sprint Guardian, a new service that makes it easy for Sprint customers to protect their children, and every mobile device in the household, with security and safety applications.

With Lookout Family, parents can safeguard their families against mobile threats including bad apps, spyware, and phishing links, in addition to tracking down lost phones and backing up precious data like family photos. Lookout Family is now available by visiting go.lookout.com/family on a Sprint device, or by visiting Sprint Zone on certain devices.

At Lookout, we recognize that entire families — not just adults — are using smartphones. Everyone needs to be kept safe and secure. Here are some tips to help parents keep their child’s smartphone experience safe:

  •  Hold a family meeting. Schedule some face time with your child to discuss the family terms of agreement for their new smartphone or tablet. Make them aware of the risks associated with using a mobile device such as malicious apps, phishing links, texting spam, and unsafe websites.
  • Set a password. Setting a passcode on your child’s phone serves a first line of defense – if the phone is lost or stolen, snoopers will have a harder time accessing personal information.
  • Guide kids to make smart downloads. Ask your child to run apps they want to download by you for approval and check to see that the app is made by a reputable developer. Even better, only download apps from trusted sources, like the Apple Store and Google Play. Having a security app installed will serve as an extra layer of protection against downloading a bad app, if your child makes an impulsive download.
  • Teach them to safely surf. Just because your child appears to be digitally savvy, logging many more hours online than you, don’t assume they’ve got it all under control. Ensure that your child understands the risks of surfing the mobile Web. Tell your child not to go to website they don’t know and ask them to check a site in question with you before visiting.

Do your kids have smartphones? Tell us in the comments section!

Category:   Lookout News  •  Security
June 15, 2012

Win a Ticket to Party Your Apps Off Before Google I/O

Apple’s WWDC conference has ended, but luckily there’s another great conference coming up in San Francisco, Google I/O. And even cooler is that we’re throwing an awesome party the night before the conference starts, and we want YOU to join us.

Our shindig, Party Your Apps Off, is going to be pretty fun. The Lookout team and our good friends, family, journalists and fellow app developers will all be there.

  • When: June 26, 2012, 8 PM
  • Where: Secret (and awesome!) downtown San Francisco location
  • What: Food trucks, drinks, swag (for the first folks through the door) and some of the coolest people you will ever meet. AND a chance to win a ticket to the ultra exclusive Ninja Party at DEFCON in Vegas in July.
  • Why: Because you’re already in San Francisco, and you love Lookout, Google, Android… and parties!
  • How: Leave us a comment before June 21st telling us why you (and your plus one) want to Party Your Apps Off with us. Note: This is not a pass to the conference, and it doesn’t come with a hotel room or transportation. And you gotta be over 21, ‘mkay?

We will randomly pick 20 winners to get two tickets each to Party Your Apps Off. In exchange, you better take some fun photobooth pictures at the party that we can share here on the blog.

Category:   Lookout News
June 15, 2012

Beating Breach Week

It’s been a rough June so far for passwords. News erupted that LinkedIn, eHarmony, and Last.fm passwords were exposed in what’s been dubbed “Breach Week.” About 6.5 million user passwords were leaked in total, which can be especially troubling if you use the same password for multiple accounts. Why would someone want to get a hold of sensitive user data? Some perpetrators may do it for the “fame” or a challenge, others may use the stolen data for financial gain. Whatever the intent, there are many ways to protect yourself and your sensitive information.

Use a strong password, and change it every few months.

  • ‘Link’, ‘1234’, ‘work’: these were the most common compromised passwords on LinkedIn. You don’t have to be a seasoned hacker to crack these passwords— just ask the man who hacked Hollywood.
Category:   Lookout News  •  Phishing