Lookout, Verizon team up for mobile protection

Jul 20, 2011
The Verizon logo at a Verizon Wireless store in San Francisco in 2006. US mobile security firm Lookout is teaming up with US telecom giant Verizon Wireless to protect smartphone users from hackers and scammers.

US mobile security firm Lookout is teaming up with US telecom giant Verizon Wireless to protect smartphone users from hackers and scammers.

Lookout and Verizon announced at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colorado, on Wednesday that Lookout technology would be used to scan applications in Verizon's mobile storefront.

Todd Murphy, director of at Verizon, said using Lookout with provide assurances "that apps in this store are being checked for malware, viruses and other potential security threats on an ongoing basis."

Lookout's Mobile Threat Network scans and analyzes applications in real-time for signs of malware.

"We've seen an opportunity to take the technology that we've used for our own user base and actually extend that into other parts of the mobile ecosystem, the first being app stores and the first being with Verizon," Lookout co-founder and chief executive John Hering said.

Lookout currently has 10 million users in 170 countries and is adding nearly one million users a month, Hering said.

"People realize there are threats on their computers but they are just starting to realize that their phones and tablets are actually computers," Hering said.

"There's an inherent trust that people put in their phones and the app store experience," he said. "We're seeing more and more that trust is beginning to be violated."

Hering said will take legitimate application, like a game, "and then package bad code into the app and republish it in the app store.

"You may download an app that you know and trust but it's actually downloading your personal information," he said.

Explore further: Studying the speed of multi-hop Bluetooth networks

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Smartphones tempting new targets for hackers

Jul 30, 2010

Software security experts warn that mobile phones are tempting targets for hackers in a world where people eagerly invite strange applications onto handsets packed with personal data.

Use smartphone app to file taxes

Jan 14, 2011

You can make a restaurant reservation, check your bank balance, and shop online with your smartphone, and now you may be able to do your taxes, too.

Lookout beefs up smartphone defenses

Jun 15, 2011

Lookout Mobile Security on Wednesday began protecting smartphones from tricksters and booby-trapped websites as people increasingly access the Internet on the go.

Virus sends costly messages from Android phones

Aug 11, 2010

Mobile security firm Lookout on Tuesday warned that a booby-trapped Movie Player application is infecting Android phones in Russia with a virus that sends costly text messages.

Recommended for you

End to end 5G for super, superfast mobile

Nov 24, 2014

A collaboration between NEC Electronics Samsung and several academic centres in China and Iran, is investigating how software-defined cellular networking might be used to give smart phone users the next generation of super-superfast ...

German study supports free "Super WiFi"

Nov 24, 2014

The need for the wireless transfer of data will increase significantly in the coming years. Scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) therefore propose to turn some of the TV frequencies that ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.