Lookout today introduced a new version of its mobile security application for Android, dropping v3.0 in the Google Play Store. Key among the details this time around is a new feature called Signal Flare which helps you to locate a missing or stolen phone even in the case when the battery is dying.
In a nutshell, the app will automatically flag the location of a protected phone once it gets low. While it’s not going to pinpoint your exact spot, it will help point you in the right direction. Additional details for Lookout Mobile Security 3.0 include a refreshed UI for Android 4.0 aesthetics, an Activity Feed, and Safe Dialer.
The New Lookout Mobile Security App Does Even More to Protect your Phone
Signal Flare helps find lost phones even when batteries die
San Francisco, CA — October 9, 2012 — Lookout Inc., the mobile security leader, today announced the availability of the redesigned Lookout Mobile Security for Android. The new Lookout Mobile Security has a sleek design and smart additions, including an intelligent dashboard of mobile activity and protection, a way to locate a missing device with a dying battery, and protection against click-to-call threats, an emerging new mobile threat category. With more than 25 million users worldwide, Lookout protects mobile phones from threats like malware and spyware; backs up personal data and can find a lost or stolen phone.
“The mobile landscape has changed dramatically since we launched in 2007. Everything has evolved, from what we do on our phones to the threats that face them,” said Kevin Mahaffey, co-founder and CTO of Lookout.
“With the redesign of Lookout Mobile Security, we wanted to solve the problems facing people on mobile today and also stay ahead of the threats of tomorrow. We want people to feel empowered to do whatever on their mobile devices whenever – so as new services and capabilities come out, people can feel safe.”
What’s New with Lookout Mobile Security:
- Lookout’s New Look. The Lookout app takes advantage of the latest Android OS design conventions, making phone protection a seamless, consistent experience. The design is now more intuitive making it simple to access the features you want, stay informed and take action if there is a threat to your phone. Lightweight and mobile-optimized, the app keeps speed and battery life at the forefront.
- Protection at a Glance. The more you rely on your phone, the more you want to know what is happening on your device. To keep you informed, the app now has Activity Feed: a dashboard that displays of all the ways Lookout is protecting you. It intelligently categorizes updates, so with a quick glance, you can be notified of threats, app download history, data backups and security notifications.
- Lost Phone + Dead Battery = No Problem. Lookout locates thousands of phones everyday, but when a phone can’t be found, a dead battery is often the culprit. In fact, nearly 30 percent of people who reported they could not recover a lost or stolen phone said a dying battery was to blame. To solve this problem, Lookout created Signal Flare, a first-ever capability that automatically flags the last location of a phone if it has a low battery. If you lose your phone after a battery has died, Signal Flare improves your chances of getting it back.
- Click-to-Call with Confidence. Lookout added Safe Dialer protection against dialer-based attacks, a new category of mobile threat. It scans every phone number you click to call from your mobile browser, alerting you if dialing the number might have unintended consequences, including wiping your phone without your permission.