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With Cyber Security Awareness Month Around the Corner, Lookout Reminds Consumers That Smartphones Are Computers Too

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
Lookout
Mobile Security
, a smartphone security company dedicated to making
the mobile experience safe for everyone, is joining the National Cyber
Security Alliance in support of National
Cyber Security Awareness Month
this October. Millions of consumers
now regard their smartphone as their most personal computer and use
their phone to bank, shop and send valuable information. As mobile
devices have become an essential tool for everyday life—they have also
become an attractive target for hackers. In fact, according to Lookout’s
2011 Mobile
Threat Report
, up to one million mobile phone users will be affected
by mobile security threats in 2011. During National Cyber Security
Awareness Month, Lookout aims to increase consumer awareness about the
various cyber threats to smartphones and educate mobile users about the
steps they can take to best protect themselves. To this end, Lookout
will be running an educational series on its blog,
to help smartphone users understand how to best protect their phone and
personal information. In addition, Lookout will be giving away Lookout
Premium accounts on Twitter
and Facebook
throughout the month to encourage awareness.

“We’ve already seen how PC users became a target for attacks, and we
don’t want this to be the fate of mobile users. People can absolutely
take steps to keep themselves safe on their mobile device,” said Kevin
Mahaffey, co-Founder and CTO of Lookout. “With the proper knowledge
people can protect their most personal device before mobile security
threats become a larger issue.”

Lookout Mobile Security published the 2011
Mobile Threat Report
based on analysis of data collected from more
than 700 thousand apps and 10 million devices worldwide. The findings
revealed that mobile threats are becoming more prevalent; Android users
are two and a half times as likely to encounter malware now compared to
only six months ago. Just as the number of attacks has grown—so too has
the level of sophistication. Bad applications and malicious websites can
now access personal data on phones and add fraudulent charges to a phone
bill. A recently discovered piece of malware, called GGTracker, signed
smartphone owners up for premium rate text messaging services without
their knowledge. It is estimated that mobile malware has already racked
up more than a million dollars in fraudulent charges.

Though a significant number of users were affected by mobile threats in
the first half of 2011, most consumers have not yet taken steps to
secure their smartphones (NPD Group’s “Emerging
Technology Trends: Mobile Security”
report).

  • Nearly 40 percent of people report concern about threats such as
    activity monitoring, hacking, credit-card security and viruses
  • 82 percent have no security products installed on their phones
  • 25 percent of people do not know how to acquire security software for
    their devices

Many consumers admit they may not take action until it is too late—83
percent of smartphone owners who have not installed security would only
be motivated to do so if they were to encounter a harmful virus, spam
message or other threat.

Steps to Protect Your Smartphone:

 

 

 

 

 

To find regularly updated information about mobile threats visit http://www.blog.mylookout.com/.

About Lookout Mobile Security

Lookout is a mobile security company dedicated to making the mobile
experience safe for everyone. Lookout delivers award-winning protection
from the growing threats facing mobile users today, including malware
and spyware, phishing scams, data loss, and device loss. Lookout is
cross-platform, cloud-connected and designed from the ground up to
provide advanced protection for smartphones while remaining lightweight
and efficient on the phone. With users across 400 mobile networks in 170
countries, Lookout is a world leader in smartphone security.
Headquartered in San Francisco, Lookout is funded by Accel Partners,
Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, Khosla Ventures and Trilogy Equity
Partners. For more information and to download the application, please
visit www.mylookout.com.

Article source: http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/110930/20110930005196.html?.v=1

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