October 31, 2012

Say Hello to our French and Japanese Blogs!

We are excited to announce the launch of our French and Japanese blogs. Similar to Lookout’s English blog, we will provide you with content about the latest mobile industry trends, security alerts, ideas on keeping your phone and tablet safe and much more.

Each blog will be in its native language and have information specific to your county. Here at Lookout, we believe in empowering people with the tools they need to keep their mobile life safe and secure. This is one step closer to helping make the world more safe.

So read up and stay tuned, we’ve got great content coming your way! Feel free to provide us with recommendations, thoughts and feedback in the our comment section — your thoughts are important to us and we’ll do our best to respond.

Category:   Lookout News  •  Releases
October 31, 2012

Celebrate NCSAM Annually, Especially on the Spookiest Day of the Year

As we celebrate Halloween, we also bid adieu to National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). Although October is coming to a close, it’s important that we continue to spread awareness about cyber security. Here at Lookout, we’ve done our part this month to bring you simple steps and advice you can take to protect your phone and the sensitive data it carries. Our phones have become our lifelines in the digital age, let’s not let the ghouls and goblins of the cyber landscape get the best of us.

Category:   Privacy  •  Security
October 30, 2012

Signal Flare Comes to iPhone

At Lookout, we’re obsessed with giving you the best tools possible to find missing phones, even if you have a dying battery. That’s why we’re happy to announce that Lookout with Signal Flare is now available to download from the App storeWe launched Signal Flare for Lookout on Android a few weeks ago, and millions of people are already using it.

We created Signal Flare after learning that 30 percent of people say they could not recover their lost or stolen phone because of a dead battery. Anyone with a smartphone recognizes the red low battery notifcation indicating the eminent death of your battery. Signal Flare is the first and only way to help find your iPhone with a dead battery. If you lose your phone as your battery is about to die, Signal Flare flags your location at www.lookout.com so you can see where your phone was last, giving you a fighting chance of getting it back!

To see Signal Flare in action, wait for your phone’s battery to get really low, and then log into www.lookout.com and open the Missing Device tab to see your Signal Flare location.

Category:   Apple  •  iPhone  •  Lookout News  •  New Features  •  Releases
October 25, 2012

So You Think Your Phone Has Been Stolen

We’ve all been there. We set our phone down for one second, and when we come back to where we thought we left it, it’s gone. For most of us, we’ve misplaced our phone and have to go looking for it, but for some of us, our phone has been stolen.

Phone theft is on the rise. The Associated Press has reported that half of all robberies in San Francisco this year were smartphone robberies. In addition to being monetarily valuable, our smartphones also carry personal information that we wouldn’t want bad guys getting their hands on, and that’s why this week, in honor of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, here are some simple tips on how to prevent and respond to phone theft.

Category:   Missing Device  •  Mobile Tips + Tricks  •  Privacy  •  Uncategorized
October 24, 2012

Why Malware Writers Dig Russia and China

Our State of Mobile Security 2012 report highlighted several trends in a mobile economy that’s gaining momentum. From the newfound profitability of the malware industry, to the growth of mobile privacy concerns, the smartphone ecosystem calls for the protection Lookout delivers. We’ve seen that the threats and their whereabouts are two things people are particularly interested in. And to really understand those, we’re going to put our black hats on again and think like the bad guys.

Category:   Attacks  •  malware  •  Security  •  Viruses
October 24, 2012

App Protection, From the Moment T-Mobile Customers Turn on the Phone

Today T-Mobile announced the availability of Automatic App Security by Lookout for T-Mobile customers! T-Mobile’s Automatic App Security starts scanning apps for safety as soon as the phone is taken out of the box – giving T-Mobile customers an instant way to stay safe.

Let’s say you get a new T-Mobile phone and want to immediately start downloading apps. With Automatic App Security, T-Mobile customers are protected from application-based threats instantly. It’s simple — Lookout will immediately start ensuring your downloads are safe. We still recommend that T-Mobile customers register for Lookout so they can get complete security and the ability to find your lost or stolen phone, data backup, Lock & Wipe, and more!

The LG Optimus L9 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will be the first T-Mobile devices to come with Automatic App Security, and it’s expected to be available on most Android T-Mobile devices by 2013.

This is just one more way that we’re working with our partners to help keep people everywhere safe from mobile threats!

Category:   Lookout News  •  New Features  •  Releases
October 18, 2012

National Cyber Security Awareness Month: Stay Smarter Than Cyber Criminals

Just as there are thieves and con artists in the real world, there are also bad guys in the cyber landscape – and it’s our job at Lookout to protect you from mobile-based security threats and ensure that your life on mobile is safe. As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), we’ve put together a list of common threats that you may encounter on your phone or tablet, so you know how to keep fraudsters away.

Category:   Attacks  •  malware  •  Phishing  •  Security
October 17, 2012

Fake Security App

It was reported today that an allegedly malicious application distributed via Google Play was “designed to look like an update to the Lookout (TM) mobile security application.” The application in question, which is no way related to Lookout, poses a very low risk to mobile users. Although the app does contain a Lookout branded asset, it was not primarily branded as a Lookout-specific update. The only way that a user could confuse the application with Lookout is after installation.

Before downloading any app, we always recommend that people examine its description and reviews to gauge its credibility. We’ll continue to keep you posted as we learn more about this specific threat.

Category:   Alerts  •  Android  •  Attacks  •  Google Play  •  malware
October 16, 2012

Quick Guide Videos: How to Use the New Lookout

Last Tuesday, we unveiled the new Lookout for Android, which included a sleek new interface; Activity Feed, so you can see at a glance how Lookout is protecting your phone; Safe Dialer, for scanning every number you click to call; and Signal Flare, the first-ever capability to find a phone with a dying battery. It was a great launch, filled with flair/flare puns, great press from sites like TechCrunch here in the US, all the way to Romania and China.

Most importantly, we’ve gotten great feedback from our users, people like Natasa, who tell us they love the new app. Download Lookout from Google Play, and leave us a review. We want to know what our users think!

If you’d like to know more about all the great features and details of the new Lookout, check out these step-by-step videos on the Lookout YouTube channel.

Category:   Android  •  Lookout News  •  Mobile Tips + Tricks  •  New Features
October 11, 2012

Lookout’s John Hering Named to Fortune’s 40 Under 40

Who are 2012’s young business stars? The Google, Facebook and Yahoo CEOs are up there. And we’re proud to announce that joining that list for the first time is Lookout’s John Hering!

Fortune’s Eli Epstein writes:
The same wide-eyed University of Southern California student who hacked a Bluetooth network from a record-setting distance of over a mile away and scanned celebrities’ phones on the red carpet of the 2005 Academy Awards has turned his free mobile security application, Lookout, into one of the most downloaded apps on the Android.

The theme of this year’s Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list: Mobilize, recognizing that many of the innovators are “making waves on mobile platforms and beyond.” Path, Shopkick, Uber and our pals at Sprint are just a few of the mobile-minded companies that made the list. In the post-PC era, we’ll continue to see the most innovative and successful businesses built on mobile, by mobile, à la Lookout!

Across the board, Lookout is getting great technology and business recognition this year. The company was selected by World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer 2013, Technology Review 35 under 35 and Inc.’s 30 Under 30. Bravo!

Category:   Lookout News