The applications Privacy Advisor feature allows users to scan every app they download.
Cloud-based smartphone security software developer Lookout Mobile
Security announced Lookout Premium for Android, which includes updated
security and privacy features for added smartphone protection. Lookout
Premium now offers visibility into, and control of, personal
information that smartphone apps access with the new Privacy Advisor.
Lookout Premium will be available for all Android users on Nov. 16 for
$2.99 per month or $29.99 annually, with a 30-day free trial.
With Privacy Advisor, users can scan every app they download and view a
list of apps that can access their private data, such as identity
information, location and messages. Additionally, consumers can view
app reports on the capabilities of these applications on their phone.
Consumers can download Lookout from the Android market via Lookout's
"Smartphones are cheaper, more available and more useful than ever,
and today's smartphone users treat their devices like computers,
storing sensitive personal information, making purchases and even
doing online banking," said Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security
at Infonetics Research. "Users need to be aware of the personal
information stored on their phone and the risks associated with
treating a smartphone like a computer. They also need to know that
there are security solutions for their smartphones available today."
In a recent study, Lookout found that more than 91 percent of consumers
have some level of concern with the privacy of information on their
phone, and only seven percent of smartphone users feel extremely
confident that they understand what private information is being
accessed on the phone. Lookout also found that on average, users have
31 apps on their phones that can access their identity information, 19
apps that access their location and five apps that access their SMS and
"We've been amazed by our growth to three million users and are
continuing to focus on exceeding our customers' expectations for mobile
protection." said John Hering, CEO and founder of Lookout Mobile
Security. "Lookout Premium provides smartphone owners the peace of mind
to explore everything that the new mobile world offers safely by
providing added security, data protection and visibility into personal
information being accessed by the apps on their phones."
Lookout Premium includes all the features available in Lookout Free,
plus additional security and privacy protection with a privacy adviser
plus remote wipe and remote lock functionality, enhanced backup and
restore, including photos and call history, in addition to contacts.
Also included in Premium is Premium Support, which offers priority
response to user issues and questions.
Lookout's basic mobile application, Lookout Free, is currently available for
Android, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices. Lookout Free offers
malware, virus and spyware protection, the ability to back up and
restore contacts and a "scream" feature that helps users locate a
missing phone. Other features include the ability to locate a missing
phone on a map from a PC or another smartphone. Users also have the
option to wipe all the data from their phone via the Internet in case
Security specialist Symantec also recently added support for Google
Android and Apple iOS - the operating system for the iPhone and iPad -
as well as an upcoming solution aimed at communication service
providers. The extended support for Android and iOS builds on
Symantec's previous support for Windows Mobile and BlackBerry devices
in Symantec Mobile Management 7.0. On the consumer side, the company
has Norton Mobile Security for Android still in beta, but it is
expected to be generally available in the coming months.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.