AndroidSecurity

New Lookout app finds a missing device even if the battery is dead

Losing your precious cell phone is a scary thing. With the invention of apps that can find a lost phone, it became a slightly less scary proposition, but what if your phone is dead? A redesigned app from Lookout solves that fear by locating a lost phone, even if the battery is dead. This new feature, which Lookout calls Signal Flare, flags the location of your phone right before the battery dies. This gives users a good idea of where to look for their phone. Of course, if it is stolen and on the move, it will not be able to find it, but it still much more helpful than most phone locator apps that only scan on your request. If you simply dropped your phone somewhere, this should go a long way towards helping you find it. Lookout's app always had some awesome features such as protection from malware, back-ups, and the ability to remotely lock and wipe a phone. Besides locating dead phones, this update also adds protection from dialing attacks, which occur when you click on a phone number in the browser. It scans each phone number and alerts you if it detects a potential threat. The last feature of this update is the new Activity Feed. This allows you to see your mobile activity and all the ways Lookout protects you. This feature is cool, but it's the finding dead phones that has us the most interested. [timeline]

Duo Security releases X-Ray security app for Android

It takes a dedicated person to stay up-to-date on all of the security vulnerabilities in any given system, and that isn't any different on Android. Thankfully for Android users, Duo Security has released a new DARPA-funded security app called X-Ray that will assist in identifying security holes on your Android device, because hey, who else is going to do it? Duo Security writes on the X-Ray official site that it developed this app in part because carriers typically drag their feet when it comes to pushing an update that will fix security flaws in Android, so with this app, they're giving users the ability to test for these flaws themselves.

Android fans are twice as likely to get malware today as they were six months ago

The number of malware apps for the Android smartphone and tablet users to contend with is growing all the time. Some of the malware seeks to make money charging for bogus services and some wants to do other things like record your calls. CNET reports that a new report from Lookout shows that Android users are twice as likely to run across malware today compared to six months ago. The figures are based on detection rates from Lookout users on Android.

Android Virus Alert! SW.SecurePhone and SW.Qieting in the background

Attention Android Users, looks like we may have another small virus issue at hand. Reports like this have came out before. Whether you think phones can get viruses or not. It's better to be safe than sorry. Our mobile phone Anti-Virus friends over at NetQin Mobile have spotted not one, but two issues that need to be brought to everyone's attention. NetQin said they have found two Malicious Viruses stemming from apps that come from the dark alley side of the Android Market.

Motorla buys 3LM, stakes claim in Android Security market

Hackers have one simple rule: the larger the footprint a platform has online, the easier it is for hackers to go after. PCs learned that the hard way while others enjoyed relative anonymity by flying under the radar.  And since it wasn't long ago that Android devices began to outsell the other handsets, a big target has been placed on their collective backs in terms of wireless security. So Motorola is being proactive by buying 3LM, a security company that develops online shields for Android devices.

DroidSecurity offers Android security service

Many people who are militant about security on the computers don’t think much about security when surfing the net or checking email on their smartphone. A new company called DroidSecurity is offering software for Android devices that will protect users while they are online. The app costs $5 for a year of service and is a Java-bases antivirus scanner. The application also has a service built-in to help the user find a lost or stolen phone called trace lost. A phone that is turned off will yield the last known location and one that is on will give the real time location.