Lookout Mobile Security looking to scare you again about Android "malware"

Lookout Mobile Security looking to scare you again about Android
Lookout Mobile Security is a company that makes its money by providing software to "protect" your mobile device from malicious software, so right off the bat, let's keep in mind that the company isn't exactly an independent and unbiased source of information on the so-called "malware" threat on Android. For Lookout and other companies, it is in their interest to scare you about potential malware and virus threats, so we want to put the newest claim in its proper perspective.

Lookout Mobile Security has announced that it is predicting 18 million Android devices to be hit by "malware" next year. First of all, Android is expected to sell 600 million devices in 2013, which could very well put the total number of Android devices around 1 billion by the end of the year. Given that, 18 million
Lookout Mobile Security looking to scare you again about Android "malware"
devices being infected would only represent 1.8% of all devices being infected with some sort of malware. Second, "malware" is a blanket term that could mean anything from an "aggressive ad network" to an app that could legitimately steal information or harm your device, so even if you are in that 1.8%, only a proportion of you will even get infected with something malicious. 

Of course, the Lookout report does have one very good bit of info to keep in mind, which is a heat map of where users are most likely to be infected by malware (which is undoubtedly connected to how often people in those regions get apps outside of the Google Play Store.) Russia has the highest threat at a 34.7% chance of infection, while the US comes in at a 0.4% chance. Though, we were surprised to see the UK and Italy as spots with threat rates over 1%. 

So, as always, be careful with how and where you get your apps. If you live in an area where you can't rely on the Play Store, or in one of the other high risk areas, certainly try to protect yourself with software like Lookout. But, if you live in the US and exclusively use the Play Store, don't worry so much, and keep things in perspective. 

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26 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Better to be safe than sorry.

4. blingblingthing

Posts: 912; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Yes. Be safe and get your apps straight from the play store.

10. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Exactly. Just download the popular apps and don't be stupid. If it seems supicious, there's probably a reason why.

22. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

no bro. they are not completely safe . you should see the app permissions before downloading or have norton mobile security . it has been detected like 3 apps in mine which are with unusual permissions and i use hardly 12-15 apps due to my rom limitations. it does have malware , in very play store !! n fcourse google is taking efforts to detect them though! check ur app permissions if possible from settings !! if u r a blind google fan , cant really help u !!

5. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Definitely, but perspective on the issue is always better than being blindly scared.

24. DomSanity

Posts: 28; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

could you pls make an article about the effectivity of an Antivirus and which is the best out there?

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Nothing wrong with a little security.

13. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

that is funny coming from an iphone lover

23. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

iphone doesnt need one though right eh ?!! :P

6. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

installed lookout but detected exactly zero malware in my phone. installed avast and detected and ad spammy thing. I used to be paranoid about these stuff but i felt that they are somewhat redundant.

14. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

yep, just use adaway...

7. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

phone arena to the rescue (androids rescue that is)

8. SleepingOz unregistered

Avast all the way!

26. blingblingthing

Posts: 912; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

I hate that antivirus.

9. .MISTER.H.

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

I've just renewed mine for £20

15. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

you got ripped off for believing the hype....

11. Samsomesh

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

Avast.!!!

12. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

i've never liked how these companies advertise themselves, but as an XDA user, i don't find the need to use any "malware" crappola they spout my way

16. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Been on XDA since 2008 and never had any malware on any of my smartphones....

17. Jay..Apple4Ever

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

i bet they wake up and look in the mirror and get scared too :P Its simple..Download directly from google play..Check ratings and reviews first, if you got questions like the say google is your friend.. #They won't scare anyone with Android's Malware..Its Android's Dominance that have them going nuts.

18. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

"Lookout" and "Outlook" does it ring anything fishy now that Balmerrrr's androidrage failed ? I am least bothered about such scaremongering ... these security companies make money by doing exactly this. I am a big fan of AVG both on desktop and on phone.

19. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

Good piece of reporting by PhoneArena.

20. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

And android users, please start buying apps from play store, rather than black market (until and unless they are not available on playstore). Help the devs in supporting their work and preferring other platforms over android.

21. brycdavis

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

All Lookout does is cause problems. Chews through data, delays text messaging, periodic blocks web access. What a joke! Don't use malware software on your android phone! Its built in! 3rd party apps like this will only cause system issues.

25. hanapupu

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 03, 2012

Avast all the way..!

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