Last Updated: July 24th, 2011
For the last 2 weeks, I've been testing a pre-release version of Theft Aware 2.0 - an app that occupies a spot in the familiar Android Security category, alongside WaveSecure, Lookout, and others. And yet, Theft Aware stands so much taller compared to them that they become small, almost invisible, dots. I could hardly contain my excitement and fascination with Theft Aware, but first, I needed to get answers to all of my questions and pass the info to all of you.
The main reason I'm fascinated with Theft Aware is its superb integration with rooted phones. The benefits of Theft Aware's elevated security features on rooted phones are so great that, in my opinion, rooting is worth it (if you've haven't done so yet) just to get the full TA experience.
Last Updated: November 24th, 2010
Lookout Mobile Security, a free Android app that secures your device from viruses in addition to backing it up and allowing you to remotely locate it, yesterday launched a premium service that we've been expecting for a while. The Premium version is offered as an optional upgrade to a fully functional free base version for an annual fee of $29.99 or a monthly fee of $3. That's a pretty hefty price to charge, especially since regular, free accounts already have access to so many features, so let's take a look at the extras that you get:
- Privacy Advisor protects your privacy.
Last Updated: August 8th, 2010
Lookout, an organization who produces the eponymously-named Lookout app (a free app to help protect your phone from would-be evil-doers) has come up with some scary data in their App Genome Project. To quote Lookout, the App Genome Project is the:
World’s largest analysis of mobile applications to provide insight into what applications are doing and identify potential mobile threats.
Basically, the App Genome Project is Commissioner Gordon to Lookout’s Batman. The findings are pretty scary (quoted from Lookout):
- 29% of free applications on Android have the capability to access a user’s location, compared with 33% of free applications on iPhone
- Nearly twice as many free applications have the capability to access user’s contact data on iPhone (14%) as compared to Android (8%)
- 47% of free Android apps include third party code, while that number is 23% on iPhone*
They’ve also found a number of security vulnerabilities, including one that allows apps to see sensitive device data – for example, Android 2.1 and below allows apps to access location data logs – and that’s not even the worst of it.