Mobile security has become a necessary evil in today's world, with malware and hacks for both Android and iPhone devices finding their way into our mobile lives, most recently with a high-profile, but low impact, dialer exploit for the popular Samsung Galaxy S3 phones. Samsung has patched the vulnerability, which allowed malware to access the phone's dialer and perform a remote data wipe. Those using mobile security service Lookout were protected from the problem. Apparently Lookout has more goodies in store next week, as they hinted at in a recent email teaser.
Lookout, if you aren't familiar with it, provides a lot of security features for the Android platform. Not only does it serve as an anti-virus program blocking malware, spyware and trojans, but it also scans each app you download, allows you to schedule virus scans, monitors your file system, including SD cards, provides a "find my phone" service and even backs up your contacts.
An email sent out by the company to it's users teased something big coming to the service next week. The announcement was extremely vague, stating only a brief hint - "Only 7 more days. GET FIRED UP! We’re taking mobile security to the next level. Stay tuned!"
The app already covers a large portion of what any user would want in security for their mobile device, so it's hard to imagine where they may be going with this. There are a couple of directions that come to mind such as blocking potentially malicious web sites in your mobile browser or scanning shortened URL's received in email and text messages. I'm not sure if either of those warrent being called "a whole new level" though.
The email, which went out yesterday, states "7 more days", so apparently we will be finding out what all of this is about next Wednesday. In the meantime, no more hints seem to be coming so it's all pure speculation.
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