Feature Article

October 24, 2012

T-Mobile and Lookout Offer Free App Security on New Devices

T-Mobile customers now have no need to worry about security, as T-Mobile and Lookout Inc. have partnered to provide Automatic App Security. New devices from T-Mobile, including most Android devices in 2013, will come pre-loaded with it, keeping devices protected as soon as they’re turned on.

As soon as any application is downloaded, Lookout scans it to ensure its safety. It also provides weekly scans for any potential threats, using the Mobile Threat Network to identify anything that poses a risk. If there are any harmful or unsafe applications, Lookout will notify the user immediately, as well as provide instructions for protecting against it or removing it.

The first devices to come pre-loaded with Automatic App Security will be the LG Optimus L9 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. Existing customers can also register the version of Lookout on their Android devices, or they can download it from the T-Mobile Picks section of Google Play.

The Lookout Mobile Security app currently provides protection from spyware and malware, and also backs up and restores contacts or locates missing devices with SCREAM Tones. The Premium edition also backs up photos, remotely locks and wipes devices, and finds out if any apps or services are accessing personal information.

“As we rely more on our mobile devices, for everything from business to social to banking, it is increasingly important that we protect them from threats,” says John Hering, CEO of Lookout. “Mobile security is a priority for T-Mobile, and we are excited to work with them on keeping people everywhere safe on their favorite devices. Automatic App Security is just one way that T-Mobile is making mobile security simple.”

Security is always important for mobile devices, especially in a BYOD environment, where too many devices go unprotected. Offering free protection for new devices may seem like it will cost T-Mobile, but it’s likely that the sales it will win because of it will balance out the costs of making and implementing the program. In an environment where more and more apps are coming out, and devices are remaining unprotected, the Automatic App Security is a welcome addition.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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