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.
Microsoft Adds Security Options to Android Lock Screen
Microsoft recently updated its Next Lock Screen application for Android devices with several security tools. Users can now set either a pattern lock or PIN code to secure their devices.
Samsung to Patch Keyboard Security Hole in A Few Days
Samsung has responded to reports that a flaw in its keyboard software leaves Galaxy-branded smartphones open to attack. Specifically, a security firm called NowSecure discovered that language packs for the keyboard are updated through a plain-text, unencrypted connection.
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.
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.