Smartphones have changed the way people use their mobile phones. New models are coming out at a consistent pace and there is always some improvement to be had. Sadly, with the popularity of smartphones, theft has become more of an issue than it was before since people can store sensitive data on their phones. To address this, there have been a lot of security programs that you can download to your smartphone to keep you and your device protected should it get stolen or even misplaced. Many programs exist for Apple’s devices. However, Android can now boast of an outstanding security measure that was once available only for iOS. The program is called Lookout, and it works as security and an antivirus. Here is a review of the software by Seth Rosenblatt on CNET.com:
“The bottom line: Lookout’s broad range of effective mobile device-specific security features are coupled with a minimal performance hit, making it a must-have app.
Update: This review was updated on January 26, 2011 with revised benchmarks in the Performance section. Accordingly, the score has been raised from 4.5 stars to 5 stars.
Review: Antivirus prevention isn’t anywhere near as necessary for Android devices as it is for Windows computers just yet. As Android’s market share grows, though, so will the attacks. More importantly for the here and now, Lookout Mobile Security provides key security options that are unique to the mobile market. Along with the antivirus and anti-malware tech, there’s a lost and stolen phone locator service, an application privacy adviser, and a backup service.
Lookout’s installation is smooth and simple. The free account registration requires a valid e-mail address, which is important because several of the app’s features require communication with the user.
As a security app, it’s not surprising that Lookout will grab with some fairly deep hooks into your Android device. Lookout has permission rights to your personal information, messages, location, network communication, accounts, storage, phone calls, hardware controls, and system tools.
Lookout’s interface is helpfully simple to navigate. At the top right of the app, a status notification tells you if you’ve got security problems or if, “Everything is OK.” Below that, the four main features are presented as buttons. Tap one to reveal a button that will run the feature, if it’s the Security scan, the Privacy scan, or the Backup.”
There is an option called Missing Phone that just tells you to go to the website myLookout.com to help locate, lock, scream, or delete your phone of all data. If you are wondering what the scream option is, it is an alarm that will hopefully irritate the individual who got your phone, or let others know that it is a stolen phone. You may access Lookout from its app or a bar icon that lets you know your status. While it claims to be an antivirus, as well as anti-malware, it has yet to be verified.
With Lookout for Android’s revamp, it has added a new feature called Lock Cam, which takes a photo of the person who took your phone.
“A new update of the Lookout Security & Antivirus for Android devices helps identify who has stolen your smartphone. The new feature of the app called Lock Cam uses your device’s front camera and takes a photo of the thief. The picture is then sent to your designated email address. Lock Cam will be activated once the thief makes three unsuccessful tries in entering your device lock screen code.
This is really a nifty feature and should give you better chances of recovering your stolen device. Aside from identifying the person who has your phone you will also be able to track down your phone location from the Lookout website. All you have to do is log in to your account to view the location history of your device.” (Chad Buenaflor)