MOBILE SECURITY VENDOR Lookout announced an update to its Mobile Security software product for Android today, including a total redesign with additional features.
Some of the key features include an overhauled and easier to use dashboard, a locating function when a missing device has a dying battery, protection against click-to-call threats and an "emerging new mobile threats" category.
Lookout has been developing its mobile security app for Android smartphones since 2009, protecting devices from threats like malware and spyware, and backing up personal data along with the ability to find a lost or stolen phone. Lookout says its software aims to "solve the problems facing people on mobile today and also stay ahead of the threats of tomorrow", so we took a hands-on look at the updated application to see how well its new features hold up.
The first thing that struck us about the updated Lookout Mobile Security application in our hands-on was how easy it is to use. Downloading, installing and running the app on the Samsung Galaxy S3 was effortless, and it proved very simple to use and navigate, with no lag or complicated menus. Menus are evidently designed to make the app easy to use and are presented in such a way that you can clearly see what is going on in front of you.
Lookout says that the new design makes the app "more intuitive" and "simple to access the features" while being "lightweight and mobile-optimised" for speed. We couldn't agree more - it's easy to use and doesn't seem to have any effect on the overall operation of the phone. In our hands-on, we also found it had no significant effect on the Galaxy S3's battery life.
Once the app is installed, you'll notice that the top half of the screen is taken up by recent developments in an area called the Activity Feed. This is a new feature in the update and will prove useful because as you use the app, the area will be taken up by recent developments, such as when the last scan took place and if the scans were successful or not.
The bottom half of the app screen consists of five tabs, three of which are built into the free version including Security, Back-up and Missing Device, and two that are available only in the Premium version, Safe Browsing and Privacy Advisor.