AT&T Partners with Lookout to Provide Device Security
AT&T today announced that it has partnered with security app provider Lookout in order to protect AT&T Android devices from app-based threats. Lookout's Mobile Security software is expected to be installed on most AT&T Android phones moving forward, starting with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and will also be offered to older devices via software updates. The application will not need any type of set up, it works automatically in the background whenever the phone is turned on. The software will scan downloaded apps for potential threats. Apps that the Lookout software believes are not secure won't install and the device owner will be notified so appropriate steps can be taken. This software and service is free. Lookout and AT&T are also offering Lookout Premium, which adds the ability to backup photos, as well as remotely lock devices and wipe content, for $2.99 per month. Lookout has similar partnerships with Sprint and T-Mobile.
Google's Lookout App to Help Visually Impaired Learn About Surroundings
Google hopes its new app, called Lookout, will assist the blind and visually impaired as they navigate through their environment. Google says the app is intended to work when the owner's phone is worn around their neck in a lanyard with the camera facing outwards.
Google Play Protect Now Securing Android Devices
Play Protect, a security tool Google announced earlier this year, has made its way to many of today's Android smartphones. Play Protect is a set of features that Google created to keep Android phones safe from malware and other malicious applications.
Samsung to Issue Security Fixes Monthly
Samsung today said it is introducing a new policy to distribute security patches to its mobile devices once per month. The company said the change will help protect its device owners.
Samsung Pushes Security Update to Galaxy S8 and S8+
Samsung recently seeded a software update to its Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones. The update applies the June security patches from Google, stabilizes memory card performance, and adjusts some user interface elements of Bixby.
Qualcomm Software Flaws Leave Many Android Phones Vulnerable
A newly-discovered set of security vulnerabilities called "Quadrooter" leaves 900 million Android phones vulnerable to malicious software. The four flaws lie in Qualcomm's driver software, which is the low-level software "glue" that connects the Android OS to the specific Qualcomm processor chips that power most phones sold in the U.S.