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Author Topic: Lookout Mobile Security  (Read 32740 times)
mynetdude
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« Reply #15 on: August 25, 2010, 08:11:28 am »

I have a question about Lookout.  Does it run constantly in the backround or only when scheduled to run it's checks my concern is battery drain

Seems like every app that is on my One runs in the background, many apps do not have an "exit" or "close" option :S but I am sure I am dead wrong on this matter.
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Zeria
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« Reply #16 on: August 25, 2010, 08:33:31 am »

I have a question about Lookout.  Does it run constantly in the backround or only when scheduled to run it's checks my concern is battery drain

Seems like every app that is on my One runs in the background, many apps do not have an "exit" or "close" option :S but I am sure I am dead wrong on this matter.

I can't speak for lookout, but in general, if there isn't a close option, just hitting the back button until you get to your home screen is the accepted way of "closing" a program in Android. It may still show as running in the background, but it's dormant and not using the CPU unless it's polling, updating or syncing data.
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segar123
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« Reply #17 on: August 25, 2010, 09:50:02 am »

thanks
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snowwy66
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« Reply #18 on: August 30, 2010, 08:12:00 pm »

looks it wipes out to me. according to the websight. or am i reading this wrong?

***It is a big deal when a mobile device is lost or stolen. Your private information may be compromised, there is a significant monetary loss in the cost of replacing the device, and you are disconnected from the world. Stay in control of your device, even when you aren’t in control of it.

Lookout enables you to respond when your device is lost or stolen. Locate your device, sound an alarm, wipe your personal information—all remotely from the web.
LocateYour device can run, but it can't hide. Locate a lost device from anywhere.
ScreamSound the alarm! Find your phone or let a potential thief know who's the boss.
NukeMake sure your data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Wipe all data from your device over the web.***


EDIT::::just downloaded the software. and yeah. it leaves out the information concerning the wipeout part.
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3volved
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« Reply #19 on: September 03, 2010, 10:29:58 pm »

With Lookout, the data backup of contacts doesn't work if the contact has more than one phone number.  But you should already have a backup of contacts in your gmail. 
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Lazydog
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« Reply #20 on: September 05, 2010, 01:29:45 am »

Lookout is an antivirus, backup and locator program all in one. And its free.

Just because no one has bothered to make a linux virus (probably because its not worth it, so few people run linux that its not worth it and they're into causing max damage) doesn't mean its not possible. With the sheer number of Android phones and the ease in which apps get propagated, its inevitable that some maladjusted scum-sucking lowlife will make one.

The reason why there are none, or very few, viruses for Linux is because Linux being an open system, holes are patched very quickly thus making it an unappealing platform for virus writes unlike windows where holes are patched months after they are discovered when the public is lucky.

On topic I have install lookout and find it to be useful if for nothing else being able to locate the phone.
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mynetdude
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« Reply #21 on: September 05, 2010, 12:11:14 pm »

I haven't had any problem with my data backup. I just logged onto my account and double-checked. Its backed up all of my contacts, including those with 3-4 phone numbers.

Majority of my contacts are on google apps, I have like 2-3 phone contacts and some twitter contacts and facebook contacts that are not linked to my google contacts so what I am saying is I have a small variety of contacts that have no associations for various reasons.

My point is, my backup pro wouldn't backup those contacts (even gmail/google apps??) only phone contacts?Huh?  And besides, I don't understand why the phone doesn't just create a gmail contact for the phone contacts or when I enter a new contact.... this is a google phone, it should!  Otherwise I have to copy that same contact information and port it to google and then when the phone syncs then I'd have to link the phone contact in question with the google contact or just delete the phone contact; its annoying.
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mynetdude
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« Reply #22 on: September 05, 2010, 02:15:25 pm »

I also have contacts tagged as different types. Lockout doesn't care, it backs them all up. Even the ones marked as google contacts.

Cool Smiley I just wished the phone would generate a google contact whenever I create a new contact or when a contact is created from another source that way I have access to those contacts while on the PC rather than just on the phone or just on twitter, etc.
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dullahan
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« Reply #23 on: October 16, 2010, 03:08:15 am »

Do these phone finding programs activate your GPS on the missing phone to work, or do they require GPS to be activated at all times?  Would think it would be ideal to disable the GPS on a stolen phone.
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3volved
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« Reply #24 on: October 16, 2010, 06:22:23 pm »

Dullahan, there is an app that does that.  It is called Watch Droid.  Turns gps on if you have it turned off, to locate your phone remotely.  Then it supposedly turns gps off to conserve battery.  You can also send commands to the phone via sms.
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mynetdude
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« Reply #25 on: October 16, 2010, 08:10:33 pm »

Dullahan, there is an app that does that.  It is called Watch Droid.  Turns gps on if you have it turned off, to locate your phone remotely.  Then it supposedly turns gps off to conserve battery.  You can also send commands to the phone via sms.

Yep as Khassy pointed out in the link she gave, Lookout can do that too.  You do need to enable location, though that does not mean the GPS is on/active and actually I don't even notice any battery drain when the GPS is not being actively used by an app compared to being completely disabled so I leave it enabled for now on because I do not want to have to remember that the GPS is disabled. Airplane mode will prevent the GPS from being enabled in situations where you cannot use the GPS (such as on an airplane, etc).
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3volved
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« Reply #26 on: October 16, 2010, 08:44:11 pm »

Mynetdude,
From what I understand, you don't even need location "enabled".  You can have the gps entirely off, and Watch Droid will remotely turn it on for you to locate the phone.

So you can leave gps completely off all the time, preventing apps from accessing it unwantedly.

The app for Khassy's link still needs gps on for other apps to access it, per the link.

This feature would only work as long as the phone can actually see the sky. If it is in the thief's pocket while he is indoors, I doubt it will give you a very accurate location.
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mynetdude
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« Reply #27 on: October 16, 2010, 09:10:58 pm »

Mynetdude,
From what I understand, you don't even need location "enabled".  You can have the gps entirely off, and Watch Droid will remotely turn it on for you to locate the phone.

So you can leave gps completely off all the time, preventing apps from accessing it unwantedly.

The app for Khassy's link still needs gps on for other apps to access it, per the link.

This feature would only work as long as the phone can actually see the sky. If it is in the thief's pocket while he is indoors, I doubt it will give you a very accurate location.

Yes that is correct, the app in Khassy's link does need the GPS enabled for it to work, like many other apps do. Awhile back I did ask about an app that would turn on the GPS when an app needed it, there is a way to do it but I don't know where that thread is anymore and as I said before there is no difference in battery usage when the GPS is in standby vs completely off (well maybe there is by the second perhaps).

In other words, according to the link there is no way to force the setting to change unless you download an app/hack that will do it for you, or you do it yourself... KISS just leave it on and let apps that need it access it otherwise turn it off if you don't want anything to use it for whatever reasons you might have.
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3volved
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« Reply #28 on: October 16, 2010, 09:20:10 pm »

...or use Watch Droid.
(If it really does turn on gps.  Comments from users seem to indicate it does. I'm going to try it out to make sure.)
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Simsurfer
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« Reply #29 on: October 17, 2010, 12:29:51 am »

Ok, so I downloaded Lookout, set it up, configured it and ran a backup on the phone.

Some things I noticed is that if I move my pictures into different folders, it wont back up the pictures in those folders, only photos that are located at the root folder where the camera stores the photos.

Perhaps I am being paranoid but how secure is all of this, I mean uploading our private data onto some server we dont have control over vs just backing up our own data locally on a home Pc.   Shocked

It also doesnt back up any other data in the various apps on the phone either.  Im gonna have to look for an app that can create mirror images of ALL the data you have on the phone.  That would be the only real good app IMO.

Any thoughts?  
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