Category Archives: Antivirus

Android Mobile Security

I know that I’ve done a post before on Lookout, but I feel like another one is needed not just for Lookout but for other Apps that they offer. Lookout in my opinion is the best mobile security you can get for your device. The best part is it’s free. You can purchase a premium version for $14.99 with added capabilities. As far as simple Lookout has it.

Lookout on Google Play

Protect your phone with award-winning security & antivirus from Lookout

Protect against loss, hackers, and theft – WITHOUT DRAINING YOUR BATTERY with Lookout’s free antivirus, find my phone, and backup features.

With Lookout *Everything is ok!* – See why 15+ million users trust Lookout Security & Antivirus to protect their phones and tablets.

PCMag ‘Editors’ Choice’, CNET ‘Must-have app!’, PCWorld ‘5 out of 5 Stars!’, TechCrunch ‘Top 10 Best Free Apps’

Note: If you’re on Android (Froyo) 2.2+ and have trouble uninstalling, go to Settings -> Location & Security -> Select Device Administrators and uncheck Lookout. Contact us at support [at] mylookout.com if you have questions.
FREE FEATURES
Security:
* Antivirus: Block malware, spyware, and trojans
* Scan each app you download to make sure it is safe
* Schedule daily or weekly antivirus scans. Get automatic, over-the-air, protection against the latest threats
* File System Monitoring: Scans new files on your SD card to protect against malware

Find My Phone:
* Locate your lost or stolen phone on a Google map
* Activate a loud alarm, even if your phone or tablet is on silent
* Log into mylookout.com to locate your phone from any web browser, anywhere!

Backup & Restore:
* Securely backup your contacts to mylookout.com
* Restore them to an existing mobile device
PREMIUM FEATURES
Get a free trial of Lookout Premium (optional). When your trial ends, automatically return to the free version. No credit card is required for the free trial!

* Safe Browsing: Block phishing and malware sites from links in text messages, on the web, and more.
* Remote Lock & Wipe: Securely lock your phone if it’s lost or stolen to prevent others from accessing your phone and remotely delete sensitive data on your phone if needed.
* Privacy Advisor: Identify which apps can access your sensitive data like contacts, location, SMS text messages & identity info.
* Advanced Backup: Backup and restore photos and call history in addition to contacts. Restore them to a new device.
SECURITY UPDATES
Learn about the latest security threats at http://blog.mylookout.com, including: GGTracker, DroidDream, Zsone, Geinimi, Tapsnake, SMS Trojan, and more.
Learn more about our permissions at https://www.mylookout.com/permissions/ and stay up to date with us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/mylookout and Twitter athttp://twitter.com/lookout.
Now supports all Android tablets!

Another thing that is annoying are those dumb ads that pop up on the top of the device. *Meet singles in your area* I don’t want to meet singles in my area. And I definitely don’t want those pesky ads. Luckily Lookout makes an Ad Detector. This app will scan your device and tell you what apps are accessing your device and displaying those annoying ads.

Lookout Ad Network Detector on Google Play 

Description:

Ad Network Detector scans your phone or tablet for the presence of the most common ad networks used in mobile apps, giving you insight into what types of ads can be displayed, and what information is gathered by the ad networks. With easy access to this information, you’ll be able to decide whether you want to keep the app that has certain ad networks on your phone.

Smartphone usage has skyrocketed, and some advertisers have begun to experiment with aggressive, new techniques to display ads on mobile devices. This includes pushing ads to the standard Android notification bar, dropping generically designed icons on the mobile desktop, and modifying browser settings like bookmarks or the default homepage. Because each of these techniques can display an advertisement outside the context of a specific application, it’s very difficult for users to know exactly which app is responsible for any given ad. Ad Network Detector provides a method for users to determine which ad network and application are the source for such ads.

It’s also common for ad networks to collect information that identifies a specific device or user for use in targeted marketing campaigns. Much like for browser-based ads, this practice allows users to see more personalized or relevant ads. Despite permissions-based information access, it is often difficult for the users to understand what aspects of their information are collected by ad networks. Lookout Labs has investigated the capabilities and information collection methods specific to each ad network. Ad Network Detector tells users exactly what data is being collected, and by whom.

We’ve designed Ad Network Detector to make the practices supporting mobile advertising more transparent to the average user. The app detects many but not all ad networks, and we fully intend to increase the number of detected ad networks to keep mobile users as informed as possible.

Lookout has a few other mobile security Apps on Google Play. See all Lookout Labs Apps on Google Play

Add extra security to your Google account using Google Authenticator

Get Google Authenticator from the Play Market

Enable 2-step verification to protect your account from hijacking.

Google Authenticator generates 2-step verification codes on your phone.

With 2-step verification, you can choose to add an additional layer of security for your Google Account by signing in with both a code generated by this application in addition to your password.

Features:
* Automatic setup via QR code
* Support for multiple accounts
* Support for multiple languages

To use this app, you need to first enable 2-step verification on your Google Account by visiting your Account Settings page.

Mobile Device Security

Over the past few months it has come to my attention that people want protection for their mobile devices. I have looked into this issue and I have 2 apps to recommend. Of course there are tons out there for mobile security. The two that I use on my devices are Lookout and Avast.

Lookout offers a free version and a paid version. I personally use the free version. Here are some of the features in the free version.

FREE FEATURES
Security:
* Antivirus: Block malware, spyware, and trojans
* Scan each app you download to make sure it is safe
* Schedule daily or weekly scans. Get automatic, over-the-air, protection against the latest threats

Find My Phone:
* Locate your lost or stolen phone on a Google map even if GPS is turned off!
* Activate a loud alarm, even if your phone or tablet is on silent
* Log in to myLookout.com to locate your phone from any web browser, anywhere!

Backup & Restore:
* Securely backup your contacts to myLookout.com
* Restore them to an existing mobile device

Avast is the other Antivirus program I have started using. I use Avast on my computer as antivirus. This works just as well as Lookout

Some of the free Avast features are.

Antivirus

Performs on-demand scans of all installed apps and memory card content, as well as on-access scans of apps upon first execution. Options for scheduling scans, virus definition updates, uninstalling apps, deleting files, or reporting a false-positive to our virus lab.

Privacy Report

Scans and displays (grid) access rights and intents of installed apps, identifying potential privacy risks, so you know how much info you are really providing to each app.

SMS/Call Filtering

Filter calls and/or messages from contact list using set parameters based on day(s) of the week, start time, and end time. Blocked calls redirect to voicemail, while blocked messages are stored via filter log. Also possible to block outgoing calls.

App Manager

Similar to Windows Task Manager, it shows a list of running apps and their size (MB), CPU load, used memory, and number of threads and services – with an option to stop or uninstall.

Web Shield

Part of the avast! WebRep cloud, the avast! Web Shield for Android scans each URL that loads and warns you if the browser loads a malware-infected URL.

Firewall

Add a firewall to stop hackers. Disable an app’s internet access when on WiFi and 3G and roaming mobile networks. (Works only on rooted phones.)

avast! Anti-Theft

App Disguiser

After downloading avast! Anti-Theft, user can choose a custom name that disguises the app (e.g. call it “Pinocchio game”) so that it is even harder for thieves to find and remove.

Stealth Mode

Once anti-theft is enabled, the app icon is hidden in the app tray, leaving no audio or other trace on the target phone – the app is ‘invisible’, making it difficult for thieves to detect or remove.

Self-Protection

Extremely difficult for thieves to remove (especially on rooted phones), Anti-Theft protects itself from uninstall by disguising its components with various self-preservation techniques. On rooted phones it is able to survive hard-resets and can even disable the phone’s USB port.

Battery Save

Anti-Theft only launches itself and runs when it needs to perform tasks. This preserves battery life and makes it very difficult for thieves to shut it down.

SIM-Card-Change Notification

If stolen and a different (unauthorized) SIM card inserted, the phone can lock, activate siren, and send you notification (to remote device) of the phone’s new number and geo-location.

Trusted SIM Cards List

Establish a ‘white list’ of approved SIM cards that can be used in the phone without triggering a theft alert. You can also easily clear the trusted SIM cards list, to leave the one present in the phone as the only trusted one.

Remote Settings Change

A setup wizard guides the user through the installation process on rooted phones. No command-line knowledge is necessary to install Anti-Theft rooted. Also supports upgrading.

Remote Features

SMS commands provide you the following REMOTE options for your ‘lost’ (or stolen) phone:
Siren, Lock, custom Display properties, Locate, Memory Wipe, covert Calling, Forwarding, “Lost” Notification, SMS Sending, History, Restart, and more.

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Spy Eye Trojan Popping up on Android Phones

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SOURCE: Phandroid

The SpyEye banking trojan that’s been affecting PC users has now made its way onto Android. The developers of the malware have created a trojan called Spitmo which is made to target Android users by asking already infected desktop users to install their special “security software” in order to work with their bank’s online services on their mobile device.

If you’re gullible enough to take the bait your SMS messages will then be intercepted and uploaded to the crooks’ servers. Why SMS messages? The SpyEye developers have use the trojan to intercept the one-time SMS pass codes many banks use as a key defense to thwart password logging software.

If you think the problem of malware is a unique to Android, researches also found that SpyEye’s Android malware appears to be similar to a banking trojan used to steal SMS messages from Symbian devices.

This is all pretty scary stuff but once again, if it isn’t in the Android Market — don’t download it.

You can take precaution and download security apps which will scan for malicious files with every market download. Our favorties, Lookout and AVG.


DOWNLOAD LOOKOUT FROM THE ANDROID MARKET


DOWNLOAD AVG ANTIVIRUS FROM THE ANDROID MARKET