November 27, 2015

Surfing sales on Cyber Monday with your mobile device? Stay safe with these tips

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Cyber Monday is nearly upon us. In the span of 24 hours millions of people will run to their devices to capitalize on some of the best sales of the year.

While the digital sale-rack ravaging is at its peak, we suspect security will not be top of mind for most, especially on mobile.

In 2014, Cyber Monday sales rose eight percent from the year before and mobile users contributed hugely. Over 40 percent of overall Internet traffic on Cyber Monday came from mobile devices, according to research from IBM. Indeed, over 22 percent of sales came from mobile devices — a 27 percent jump in mobile purchases for the day from 2013 to 2014.

Mobile devices play a clear role in online shopping habits, but there are many misconceptions about what is safe and secure on mobile devices and what is not. That’s why we put together a list of mobile shopping safety tips ahead of Cyber Monday so you can be prepared.

Category:   Mobile Tips + Tricks
November 23, 2015

Looking forward and looking back: Lookout’s Cybersecurity Predictions

About this time each year, cybersecurity pundits cast predictions for what issues will make headlines in the year to come. We’ve certainly contributed our fair share.

Instead of assessing what the next 365 days will bring—an arbitrary timeframe, if you ask me—we’re looking forward with a three year rolling window. We’ll re-examine every year, highlighting what we’re still bullish on, and where our predictions no longer seem likely.

Category:   Featured  •  Lookout News
November 19, 2015

Trojanized adware family abuses accessibility service to install whatever apps it wants

Shedun, a family of trojanized adware, is more sophisticated than many think. In addition to rooting a victim’s device, Lookout observed Shedun abusing the Android Accessibility Service for its malicious means. Using the accessibility service toolset in the delivery of malware is pretty uncommon, so we took a deeper look.

Category:   Featured  •  Security
November 17, 2015

InstaAgent: What it is and what you can do about it

Recently, news broke about a concerning app called InstaAgent. The app connects to the victim’s Instagram account and sends the user’s login credentials unencrypted to its servers.

Here’s what we know about the threat.

Category:   Alerts  •  Security
November 13, 2015

Employee Spotlight: Ben Smith on fighting the 2am fire alarm and being a chef

In this series we’re highlighting some of our awesome employees and the work they do. In their own words, you’ll hear about our employees biggest wins, favorite moments, and reasons for doing what they do. Interested in starting a career at Lookout? Check out our open jobs.

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Category:   Lookout News
November 6, 2015

Employee Spotlight: Heather MacKinnon on storytelling and piñatas

In this series we’re highlighting some of our awesome employees and the work they do. In their own words, you’ll hear about our employees biggest wins, favorite moments, and reasons for doing what they do. Interested in starting a career at Lookout? Check out our open jobs.

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Category:   Featured  •  Lookout News
November 4, 2015

Lookout discovers new trojanized adware; 20K popular apps caught in the crossfire

Auto-rooting adware is a worrying development in the Android ecosystem in which malware roots the device automatically after the user installs it, embeds itself as a system application, and becomes nearly impossible to remove. Adware, which has traditionally been used to aggressively push ads, is now becoming trojanized and sophisticated. This is a new trend for adware and an alarming one at that.

Lookout has detected over 20,000 samples of this type of trojanized adware masquerading as legitimate top applications, including Candy Crush, Facebook, GoogleNow, NYTimes, Okta, Snapchat, Twitter, WhatsApp, and many others.

Category:   Alerts  •  Security