March 24, 2015

Mobile Privacy IQ

Lookout today announced the findings of its Mobile Privacy IQ study, a survey of smartphone owners in the United States, that examines data-based trends about our privacy mindsets and how they inform our perceptions, behaviors, and feelings toward privacy when using mobile devices.

What we found is that despite being increasingly tuned in to the importance of protecting the data on their mobile devices, a clear disconnect exists between people’s understanding of what it means to be privacy conscious and the actions they take in the real world.

Key findings include:

  • People (particularly Millennials) claim to be highly aware of privacy issues yet still take part in risky mobile behavior like downloading apps from unofficial app stores and not reading app permissions.
  • Although people express concern over how mobile apps are handling their information, they are willing to make the trade-off for convenience over privacy.
  • A large percentage of smartphone owners care least about protecting work data on their devices, placing personal data over all other forms.

Interested in learning more? Read the full findings of Lookout’s Mobile Privacy IQ study.

Category:   #Data  •  Lookout News
March 23, 2015

Privacy Zeitgeist

In 2015 we’re living in a ‘Privacy Zeitgeist’, with new Lookout/ICM research showing that Brits are now hyper-vigilant about protecting the privacy of the data on their mobile phones. Partially driven by recent events such as the Snowden revelations, high-profile data breaches and celebrity photo-leaking incidents, and partially by a growing awareness and sensitivity to the treasure trove of data that our mobiles hold – it’s clear, privacy is top-of-mind in the UK.

Lookout’s Privacy Zeitgeist research, based on a 2015 ICM survey of 1,000 smartphone owners in the United Kingdom, examines data-based trends about our privacy mindsets. While perspectives on what’s most important with mobile privacy differ depending on gender and age, Brits appear to be demonstrating a heightened sense about its overall importance.

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March 20, 2015

The FREAK vuln: What it is and what you can do

What is the FREAK vulnerability?

FREAK is the latest in a line of recently uncovered vulnerabilities affecting the way communications are secured over the Internet. Specifically, it impacts SSL/TLS and stands for “Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys”. The bug allows an attacker to sit between your HTTPS connection and the vulnerable client or server and force you to use a less secure version of encryption. This downgraded encryption may allow an attacker to obtain your data.

Is Lookout affected?

No, Lookout’s infrastructure is not impacted by the FREAK vulnerability. Users are not at risk through Lookout’s product, however, that does not mean that your device itself is not otherwise vulnerable.

What can I do to protect myself?

Unfortunately, like the Heartbleed and POODLE vulnerabilities, people need to wait for a patch from their carrier or device manufacturer to be released. Apple has released a patch for Safari on iOS and Mac OS. Google has promised a patch, but has not yet released one.

If you’ve received an official manufacturer or carrier update to your operating system, install it!

Category:   Lookout News  •  Security  •  Vulnerability
March 19, 2015

Lookout scores top talent in CMO and VP of Platform Products hires

In the continued quest to build out the best leadership in the industry, Lookout has hired a chief marketing officer, Deb Wolf, and vice president of platform products, Santosh Krishnan.

Deb and Santosh will help Lookout seize the opportunity we have across both consumer and enterprise businesses by accelerating our ability to deliver innovative products and develop successful relationships with our customers. But what was it that brought these accomplished leaders to Lookout? It’s always best to hear directly from the source.

Category:   Lookout News
March 18, 2015

13 more pieces of adware slip into the Google Play store

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Unfortunately, even official app stores’ app-vetting systems are not perfect. Lookout has found 13 instances, or apps, with adware in Google Play, some of which pretend to be Facebook and have malware-like characteristics making it difficult to remove from the phone.

We alerted Google to these 13 instances and the company quickly removed them from the store. All Lookout users are protected against this threat.

Category:   Alerts  •  Android  •  Security
March 17, 2015

How to clear the (digital) clutter

Spring is here, which means it’s time to roll up your sleeves and do some serious cleaning. There’s more to tidy up than your house, though; your phone is probably overflowing with photos, apps and clutter you could do without. Here are six tips to help you freshen up your phone — once you’re done, your phone will thank you!

Category:   Mobile Tips + Tricks
March 16, 2015

Want to debate the mobile security landscape? Vote for our RSA talk!

Aaron-Cockerill-HeadshotLookout’s VP of products, Aaron Cockerill, wants to talk with you about whether iOS or Android is more secure, because guess what: the answer is not that simple.

But we can’t do it without your help. We need your votes for Aaron’s RSA talk and here’s why:

Category:   Lookout News
March 5, 2015

The State of iOS Security

The iOS App Store is not the impenetrable walled garden you think it is.

For years consumers have lifted up iOS as the safe mobile operating system. Comparatively, it does see much less malware than Android likely due to its rigorous manual testing of App Store apps and technological limitations that only allow approved apps on iOS devices. But to believe you’re 100 percent in the clear if you’re using an iOS device is a mistake.

Category:   Android  •  Apple  •  Security  •  Uncategorized