March 26, 2014
Bitcoin is a global phenomenon that’s driving a 21st century gold rush.
As it stands, Bitcoin is an easy target. It is little regulated and is a desirable target at $600-$700 a coin. Since 2011 there have been more than 30 heists resulting in high-value thefts of thousands of coins — amounts that could surpass $1 billion at today’s prices.
March 26, 2014
In order to add to their stockpiles, criminals are getting really inefficient: turning phones into digital currency-mining bots.
We recently saw several versions of this malware family we call CoinKrypt, which is designed to hijack your phone in order to use it to mine digital currency for somebody else. So far we have only found CoinKrypt in Spanish forums dedicated to the distribution of pirated software.
March 25, 2014
Spring is officially here and while you might be cleaning out your closets, did you ever think you should clean out your phone?
We’ve put together a few best practices for making sure your phone (and the data on it) is safe. Clear out those apps that make your phone look like an episode of Hoarders. Back up your photos. Get those settings in check!
Take a look at how to implement these tips and more in our guide below:
March 24, 2014
I might be biased, but the best thing you can do for your phone is downloading Lookout on it. Who doesn’t love blocking mobile threats like Dendroid and being able to make your lost phone sound a loud alarm underneath the couch cushions?
But after you’ve done that, there’s still a ton of “fun” security settings on your Android to explore. And by “fun,” I mean “potentially confusing, but definitely important to understand.” So let’s make sense of a few of the most important settings you’ll see on 4.0 and above versions of Android.
March 21, 2014
Would you rather have a paranoid spouse spying on your smartphone or a shadowy entity with unclear motives? Spyware apps frequently serve the former group (suspicious lovers), but Lookout recently caught ShrewdCKSpy, a spyware app that falls squarely into the latter category.
March 13, 2014
Earlier today I sent the below email to the Lookout team letting them know that I decided to hire a CEO for Lookout. With that, I’d like to welcome Jim Dolce as the new CEO of Lookout.
March 12, 2014
Instead of a mystifying wall of text, we wanted to create broad industry change and transform privacy policies into a clear, simple design that uses visual cues to allow users to understand how an app collects and shares their data.
March 6, 2014
Remote access trojans that let criminals spy on you are a nasty issue, but when you find one in the Google Play store, it sounds off some alarms.
This week, researchers found Dendroid, a custom “Remote Access Toolkit” (RAT) for Android targeting customers from Western countries, and yes, it breached Google Play. A RAT is a type of malware that is used to remotely control the devices it is installed on. The toolkit is being sold for $300 to anyone who wants to automate the malware distribution process. The creator promises that the malware can take pictures using the phone’s camera, record audio and video, download existing pictures, record calls, send texts, and more.
All Lookout users are protected from this threat.