December 26, 2015

You just got a brand new mobile device! Keep it safe ASAP

So, you got a new, shiny, exciting phone or tablet this holiday season.

By now you’re probably rummaging through app stores looking for fun new apps to use, and old favorites like your banks, health apps, and social networks. Maybe you’re porting over all your old photos, music, and contacts. You’re likely setting up your personal and work emails so you can get connected right away.

Within an hour of opening up your brand new device, it likely holds and accesses a wealth of information about you in order to serve your needs as best it can.

That’s great, but you need to make sure you’re protecting all of that data right out of the gate! Here are a few tips on how:

Category:   Mobile Tips + Tricks
December 21, 2015

Trojanized solitaire app slips into Google Play store

Lookout discovered a solitaire app in Google Play’s gaming category that is actually a version of the malware family FruitSMS, which conducts premium SMS fraud and charges people for typically free services.

We alerted Google to the malicious app and Google promptly removed it from the app store. All Lookout users and customers are protected from this malware.

Official app stores generally do a good job of protecting their customers from malicious apps, but their vetting processes are not perfect. The app is another example that app stores are a viable distribution method for criminals looking to deliver their malicious apps.

What is it?

FruitSMS is a simple piece of malware that Lookout has been following for over two years. It trojanizes legitimate applications, but then charges people for otherwise free services via premium SMS. Premium SMS fraud involves tricking a person into texting a premium-rate number. The victim’s carrier then bills them for texting the number, which is then paid out to the criminal.

For those interested, the SHA-1 for the app is c5ac832a03fdec4fcda9b5137a46b1c1f8039da9.

How many people are affected?

Thankfully, for this particular app, not many. The app is a Russian-language game and only had around 50-100 downloads by the time we alerted Google.

What should I do?

  • Research the developer you’re downloading from and read the app reviews. If either feel a little off, avoid downloading the app and look for something a little more reputable.
  • Have a security application, like Lookout, that can alert you when you’ve downloaded a malicious app.
Category:   Uncategorized
December 21, 2015

Filling those last minute stockings? Here are tips to keep you safe shopping on mobile

It’s no longer uncommon to do your shopping on your mobile device. Ever sat on the couch watching Netflix and browsing your favorite retailer on your tablet?

Many of us have been there. Indeed, 52 percent of millennials make purchases on their mobile devices at least a few times a month, according to research from Invoca. While this is no longer a foreign concept, arguably, many of us haven’t considered how to shop on mobile safely. That’s why we pulled together some last minute safe mobile shopping tips for your last-minute present buying-spree.

Category:   Mobile Tips + Tricks
December 18, 2015

Employee Spotlight: Alex Gladd on working both engineering and sales at the same time

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
December 16, 2015

Give your friends and family peace of mind. Give the gift of Lookout

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Tis the season to think about security.

During the holidays, millions of people will open boxes and bags of smartphones and tablets. They jump into their new devices, filling out contact information, downloading apps, configuring settings, making their device their own. You know how important it is to keep all that data you use on your gadgets safe, so why not give the gift of Lookout for free?

This holiday season, you can give three of your loved ones three complimentary months of Lookout Premium. That means access to Theft Alerts, the ability to lock and wipe your device remotely, photos and contacts backup, and of course security against mobile malware.

Best part? As a thank you, we’ll give you three months of Premium for free as well!

We want to make sure you, your friends, and your family all get the mobile protection they need. Here’s to peace of mind this holiday season!

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Category:   Mobile Tips + Tricks
December 11, 2015

The perimeter isn’t going to die, it’s going to spawn

“The perimeter is going to die!”

We’ve been hearing the death to blanket firewalls cry from the security industry for years, but we think this might be a little overstated.

Instead we believe the perimeter is actually going to be reshaped into something new — micro-perimeters. This is the act of cordoning-off entire sections of their systems in order to avoid major compromise when only one segment of their architecture is weak.

December 7, 2015

Why people are lugging around their sensitive information every single day

Walking down the street, have you ever seen a woman pushing a wheelbarrow filled to the brim with photos? Have you ever watched a man push a cart overflowing with letters and envelopes? How about a backpack stuffed with rolodexes?

As weird as that all sounds, if you’ve seen a person walking down the street and looking at their phone you have seen exactly what we’ve described. Here’s what we mean:

Category:   Mobile Tips + Tricks
December 4, 2015

Employee Spotlight: Will Kimeria on building a diverse team that tackles the hard problems

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:   Uncategorized
December 3, 2015

Security blends when mobile and PCs converge

Mobile and PC experiences are interbreeding, as our CTO Kevin Mahaffey noted in our cybersecurity predictions.

That is, the software — and even hardware — associated with both PCs and mobile devices will soon no longer be distinct versions optimized for specific screen real estate.

Category:   Security
December 1, 2015

VTech: Data breach reveals how much we value even our children’s mobile devices

Last week, an attacker stole data on millions of individuals from VTech, a company that sells Android-powered tablets and other toys geared toward children’s learning. The hack, illuminates how much data we trust to mobile device and software providers — even when we’re using PCs.

Parents use VTech’s Learning Lodge app store to purchase apps, games, eBooks, and more for their children’s devices through a PC-accessible website. The attacker abused it to steal customer names, email addresses, encrypted passwords, security questions and answers, IP addresses, mailing addresses, children’s gender, birthdates, and download history.

Five million people lost data, according to VTech, which learned about the hack after news organization Motherboard contacted the company.

Category:   Security