August 29, 2012
August has been an eventful month for Lookout. Between the launch of Generation Smartphone: A Guide For Parents of Tweens and Teens, and the reach of the Lookout For Your Family Facebook Contest, and the #LookoutGuide Twitter Party, we’re ecstatic with our users’ interest in family mobile security. That’s why we’re holding one last contest on Twitter this Friday to find the smartphone safety connoisseur, advocate, and super user— the voice of #GenerationSmartphone.
Here are the details:
- Friday August 31, 2012. 5PM-6PM PST. Winners will be picked at end of promotion period.
August 28, 2012
“Entrepreneurship in the global public interest.” That’s the motto at World Economic Forum and it’s one that we stand behind here at Lookout. Every year, World Economic Forum selects 20 to 30 companies to become Technology Pioneers, companies that demonstrate visionary leadership and show signs of being long-standing market leaders. We’re excited to announce that the World Economic Forum has selected Lookout as a 2013 Technology Pioneer.
August 27, 2012
When we launched Generation Smartphone: A Guide for Parents of Tweens & Teens earlier this month, there was one burning question: when is a child ready for their first smartphone? Our study with Harris Interactive shows that 22% of parents think age 10 is the most appropriate time to get their kid a mobile device, but we wanted to dig deeper. That’s why we asked our Facebook fan base, 265 thousand Lookouters strong, the same question. Here are the results!
- 65% thought knowing how to use the phone safely and responsibly was the deciding factor.
- 13% said when they can afford it themselves.
- 6% believed high school was the right time.
August 22, 2012
We’ve got another mobile security and privacy meetup coming up on Wednesday, Aug. 29th in San Francisco, so sign up now on meetup.com if you’re interested!
During last month’s mobile security and privacy meetup, attendees learned techniques to figure out what an Android app is doing even without having its source code.
August 22, 2012
We already gave away one Nexus 7 tablet for the winner of our ‘Lookout For Your Family’ Facebook contest (congratulations to Lookout user Dave Dodge!), but we’re ready to give away one more. We’ve teamed up with The Online Mom to start the family mobile safety conversation on Twitter. All you have to do for a chance to win is RSVP and spread the word. Here are the details:
- Twitter! Search #LookoutGuide, and use Tweetchat or Tweetgrid to make following the conversation easier.
Good luck everyone!
August 21, 2012
At Lookout, we are always trying to make our products and features as simple to use as possible. But let’s face it, sometimes you need a little guidance when you’re in a stressful situation (you lost your phone!) or you’re dealing with important data that you don’t want to lose (transferring your contacts to a new phone).
We created our Quick Guide blog posts to help you navigate all of Lookout’s features, step by step. We know some of you are new to this blog, so here’s a roundup of all our Quick Guides. (You can also always just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help you out!)
Is there another Quick Guide you would like to see? Let us know in the comments. And don’t forget to email us when you need help.
August 16, 2012
Last week, Lookout released Generation Smartphone: A Guide for Parents of Tweens & Teens to show how smartphones and children can coexist safely. Whether it’s through creating a safe mobile experience for your kid or learning how to handle bad phone behavior, there’s something in there for all parents. We even included a printable Phone Rules Agreement so that children and guardians are on the same page after a smartphone purchase.
The Lookout Facebook page has gone family friendly too, with a new Family Quiz contest page that presents our Facebook fans with an awesome opportunity. Answer the question, “When is a child ready for smartphone?” and you could win a Nexus 7 tablet! Just follow these instructions to enter:
- Go to Lookout’s Family Quiz page from your computer. This page isn’t accessible on mobile, unfortunately.
- When is a child ready for a smartphone? Click Like and then Confirm on your answer on the Family Quiz page. After the new window appears, Like the answer to share to your wall.
- Then a signup screen will pop up. Enter your email address so we can contact you if you win!
The contest ends at 12PM PST on August 21st. Not a Lookout Facebook fan? Not a problem. Like our Facebook page first to participate!
August 10, 2012
We’ve gotten really great survey responses so far from so many Lookout Blog readers. But we’d still love your feedback if you haven’t responded yet. Your feedback will help us make the Lookout Blog even more amazing for you. Take this survey before August 13th and you could win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards.
The survey has ten short questions and will take you less than five minutes to fill out. Thanks in advance for taking the survey and a special thanks to everyone who took it already.
August 9, 2012
Lookout Super User: Joe
Occupation: Deputy Sherriff
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Lookout User Since: 2011
Favorite Lookout Feature: Find My Phone and Wipe
Moral of the Story: “Lookout was a total lifesaver!”
How Lookout Saved the Day for Joe: “I lost my Motorola Droid X phone with Lookout Premium onboard while attending a bachelor party in Columbus, OH in the fall of 2011. As a small business owner and law enforcement officer, I keep extremely sensitive items and access to secure networks on my phone, and in fact the phone is literally my life.
While in town and enjoying the festivities, we decided to take a cab from downtown to the Ohio State campus area to enjoy Buckeye Donuts. Within minutes of exiting the cab I felt my phone case on my belt and noticed that the phone was gone. We back tracked our steps to the point where we exited the cab, but couldn’t locate the phone. So then I used a friend’s Droid X to log into the Lookout website.
First, I set the phone to scream to alert the cab driver the phone was there so that hopefully he would hold onto it. Next, because of sensitive information as well as pictures of my kids being located on the SD card as well, I felt it necessary to wipe the phone and card. Elapsed time: less than 5 minutes.
An hour later, another cab driver was able to tell us the name of the company we had used. I called their dispatch and was able to track down our exact cab and confirm that the driver did indeed have my phone. I confirmed that the phone and the card had indeed been wiped of my information… a huge relief. And with a simple phone call to my service provider, Verizon, I was able to reactivate my phone and get it going without any issues.
Lookout is a great partner in protecting my phone and I have recommended the company to many friends and colleagues!”
Editors’ note: We’d love your feedback on the Lookout Blog, please take this survey before August 13th and you could win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards.