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Author Topic: Lookout Mobile Security  (Read 12266 times)
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« on: July 12, 2010, 03:31:51 PM »

My phone was stolen on my way to New York this weekend.  Once I realized it, I wanted to "Nuke" my phone because I have some "classified" info on it.  I had to find out the hard way that Lookout doesn't support wiping Android phones. Angry

User beware!
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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2010, 03:40:09 PM »

LOL! Nah, just the average Joe trying to make a buck and use free apps.  What pisses me off is the fact that the "lack of Nuke option for Android" isn't clearly mentioned on the site.

What a screw in the hip!
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5-6-ACE
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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2010, 05:39:06 PM »

I'd want to Nuke mine too.... so I could kill the person who stole my phone.
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Zeria
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« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2010, 05:47:23 PM »

Your poor Xperia Play. Sad I never even leave mine on the table anymore when we're out at dinner. I'm hearing of so many stolen Xperia Play's I'm getting paranoid with mine. Sad
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« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2010, 06:07:38 PM »

I am using Mobile Defense Beta.  So far every time I have tried I've been able to locate my phone.  The Beta offers a lock option as well as a locate.  Not sure about nuking it, but the full version may have other features when it available. 
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2010, 02:50:13 AM »

Lookout will find your phone, show you where it is on a map, and make it scream to show you who has it. Find my droid will do it also but from another mobile phone. Track it down within 50 feet then make it scream for daddy. What more could you want. The only way I know of to wipe data is the data on a simcard which CDMA doesn't use.
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« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2010, 02:34:52 PM »

I downloaded Lookout after reading your article, I registered, went to the website and it says no such email.  So I tried to unistall to reinstall and it will not uninstall?  Any suggestions? Cry
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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2010, 07:32:09 PM »

I have seen a variety of services, mainly for PCs, you buy into a one time thing with each device or PC you want to identify to the system they mail you a sticker that is very hard to peel off and it has a special ID code, a 1-800 # for someone who wants to return it to call (and they get $50-$100 reward, which you pay back to the company who steps in to recover your piece.

The one I am thinking of is mostly for PCs, you install this software and when lost you can go to this website look up the device in question, activate a remote lock and remote nuke (doesn't have to be both).

When the PC connects to the Internet for the Internet this software automatically "phones home" to make sure there is no lock/nuke command waiting for it. If it gets a response, it will do whatever it is told (nuke just wipes the entire system, cripples the OS with it)  it also has a generalized locator based on IP (not very accurate either).

just FYI for those of you on Activesync Exchange 2007 and 2010 with Outlook, you can remotely nuke your android (or blackberry) ONLY IF you are using this service.  I had to do it when I sent my BB back for repairs, it reset it back to factory default quite nicely.

I was wondering about that app... but how susceptible is android to viruses???

I have heard about Mybackup Pro I'd definetely like to get a backup software too


EDIT: if you have TEP I believe they will cover a total loss so you may not be totally out!
« Last Edit: August 24, 2010, 07:36:03 PM by mynetdude » Best Screen Protector
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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2010, 07:43:50 PM »

I would recommend this over MyBackup Pro. Most people have no problems, but when I really needed it, it failed me badly. Sad Plus, this is free.

There are a variety of apps that put your contact info (or alternative contact info) on the lock screen in case they want to return it. This works differently. This has a GPS locator that tells you where it is, so if its stolen, you can direct the cops to it. Or if you want to go get it yourself, you can, and you can also opt to turn on the siren so you can locate it easier once you are near it. The siren works whether or not you have the sound turned on.

I'm not worried about nuking the information. I have my lock screen set to turn on after 15 minutes and it requires a PIN. That should suffice to confound any run of the mill thief.

As far as how susceptible it is to viruses, VERY. Any open source device that allows pretty much anyone with the slightest knowhow to develop apps is open to viruses. The fact that there hasn't been one as of yet only means that we're about due for one soon.

Don't understand, linux can get viruses and its very open source but most people don't bother with AV cuz its rare that it happens... isn't android a type of linux OS?

I saw Where's my Droid & Antivurs but now I can't find it I only just saw Where's my Droid, if the AV is separate what's a good AV to get? (and I am going to presume I need to pay for it???)
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« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2010, 07:53:16 PM »

Lookout is an antivirus, backup and locator program all in one. And its free.

Just because no one has bothered to make a linux virus (probably because its not worth it, so few people run linux that its not worth it and they're into causing max damage) doesn't mean its not possible. With the sheer number of Android phones and the ease in which apps get propagated, its inevitable that some maladjusted scum-sucking lowlife will make one.

I don't mind paying, but it has to be good/worth it and I won't buy McAfee crap either.

So look out AV is good enough? Do they update their definitions regularly... as if there are any to update at htis point? Or at least the AV has enough "sense" to know when something might be wrong?
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« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2010, 12:18:45 AM »

I find the title of this thread misleading.

I have used lookout for a while and it works fine with no issues.

The OP is complaining and making an alarming "beware" (at least i took it as 'dont use this app')... but the problem is that lookout has never advertised they are able to do a remote wipe of the phone's data or info.

So, to the OP: gotta do better reading next time!

I hope you got your phone replaced, and wish diarrhea upon the person that stole it from you!
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« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2010, 12:29:06 AM »

I find the title of this thread misleading.

I have used lookout for a while and it works fine with no issues.

The OP is complaining and making an alarming "beware" (at least i took it as 'dont use this app')... but the problem is that lookout has never advertised they are able to do a remote wipe of the phone's data or info.

So, to the OP: gotta do better reading next time!

I hope you got your phone replaced, and wish diarrhea upon the person that stole it from you!

I am not sure Where's my droid can either, but what's the difference?Huh? Can lookout contact a service to help process recovery like Where's My droid FindR service can?
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« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2010, 12:31:14 AM »

no... it just has 3 simple features

1-Antivirus
2-Backup (contacts, calls and pictures)
3-Finder/make it scream
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« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2010, 12:34:02 AM »

no... it just has 3 simple features

1-Antivirus
2-Backup (contacts, calls and pictures)
3-Finder/make it scream

I understand where's my droid doesn't offer backup nor AV but what features does it have that lookout doesn't have? Can it lock the device?

Honestly I'd like to see a side by side comparison of what it can do as far as finding the phone... the descriptions on both of these do not go into great details about the finding features really (oh yeah, Lookout has a much better feature show off than where's my droid but still does not say much about the one feature the OP is concerned about).
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« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2010, 07:53:46 AM »

I have a question about Lookout.  Does it run constantly in the backround or only when scheduled to run it's checks my concern is battery drain
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