August 30, 2013

Ending Lookout Updates for Android 2.1 Users

As of 8.18, Lookout will no longer be offering new versions of the Lookout app for users of Android 2.1.

We’re making this change because a lot of the new technology and features we’re working on are not supported by Android 2.1, and with only about 1% of the worldwide population of Android users using Android 2.1 (Eclair), we predict that this will affect a minimal number of Lookout users.

So what does this mean exactly?

  • Devices with Android 2.1 installed will effectively be frozen on version 8.18 of the Lookout app. They will not see or be able to download subsequent product updates, even when they visit Google Play.
  • 2.1 users will continue to get regular security updates from Lookout to protect their devices against the latest malware and security threats.
  • This also means that these devices will not be able to receive new features that may be launched in later versions.

How do I check to see what version of Android my phone is running?

  1. Click the Menu button on the Home Screen
  2. Click the Settings button
  3. Scroll down and click on the “About phone” option
  4. Click the “Software information” option
  5. The Android Version will be listed at the top of the screen

Is there anything else I can do?

Short of buying a new phone with a newer version of Android, not really. You can check to see if you have any operating system updates on your phone that may update you to 2.2 or above, just in case. But if you don’t have any updates to Android pending on your device, unfortunately, there’s very little you can do.

Get the answers to all your Lookout questions at https://faq.lookout.com.

Category:   Lookout News
August 5, 2013

Lookout Ads: Lookout Protected, Mobile Connected

We want everyone to know that Lookout is working hard to protect you from hackers. Check out some of our new ads:

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Category:   Lookout News
August 2, 2013

10 Organizations Build 60% of Russian Toll Fraud Malware

The mobile malware trade in Russia is highly organized and profitable. We recently investigated a veritable industry of malware businesses with startup-like behaviors. These businesses make up at least 60 percent of Russian malware, and have thousands of individual affiliate marketers and web properties advertising their malware.

The malware businesses (or Malware HQs as we call them) have created online DIY malware platforms so that just about anyone can distribute and profit from malware; no prior coding or technical experience required. They leverage a large and highly motivated workforce of affiliates, who earn a share of the profit by marketing and distributing the malware. Affiliates use the malware platform to configure their own customizable, “Easy-Bake,” malware applications. We’ve seen reports of the affiliates making up to $12,000 per month. Malware HQs handle the tough stuff like releasing new Android code and configurations every two weeks, malware hosting, shortcode registration, and marketing campaign management tools. Like any other large business, Malware HQ organizations provide customer support, post regular newsletters, report downtime or new features, and even run regular contests to keep their affiliates engaged and motivated.

malware lifecycle

Category:   Security