Dec 07 AT 3:00 PM Edgar Cervantes 47 Comments

Lookout helps the struggle with Carrier IQ Detector

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Carrier IQ has quickly become one of the most popular topics in the cellphone industry. It’s one of the main security concerns when it comes to Android devices (as well as other platforms). Carrier IQ is facing pointed fingers and even court. (Read this article for more details)

There’s a long list of devices that have this software installed. Soon after we learned that Carrier IQ could be tracking our every action, developers started releasing apps that detected if Carrier IQ was installed on your device, but none of them came from a well-known security app company.

Lookout Labs has joined the fight against Carrier IQ, releasing their app Carrier IQ Detector last week. This app basically does what the title implies. It informs the user if his/her device has Carrier IQ installed. The app does nothing else.

Lookout goes on to say that this app will not remove Carrier IQ. And the Lookout team does not advise that users try the online guides for removing this software, as it could cause problems and put the device at a higher security risk.

This application does not remove Carrier IQ software from your device. Because Carrier IQ software is deeply integrated with handset firmware, users would be required to attain special device privileges in order to remove it. Side effects of this process have the potential to put users at further risk of malware infection while making devices ineligible to receive firmware updates in the future. If you are sure you know what you are doing and would like to remove Carrier IQ software from your phone, there are a number of guides available online.

If you have made previous attempts to remove Carrier IQ software from your device, our Detector may still report its presence. This can be caused by incomplete removal attempts that do not remove all relevant files.Carrier IQ DetectorLookkout Labs

So there you have it. The app comes from a well-known source, and has over 100,000 downloads. Go ahead and find out if your device has Carrier IQ in its guts, and hit the comments to let us know your results. Will anyone be trying to remove Carrier IQ? Are you worried about the possible security risks associated with such software?


Via: Technolog

Source: Lookout Labs (Android Market)

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • natthompson72

    I’m not really worried about Carrier IQ. I’m sure big brother Google will protect us all <3

  • stenzor

    By the way, Canadians need not be worried about Carrier IQ…. Carrier EHQ is another story though

  • Alex

    This app should be included in every phone that is released by default, and I’m surprised that Lookout was the one to release it instead of CarrierIQ themselves; it seems like it would help their situation. If they did that and added an option to turn CarrierIQ off the debate would end.

    • erikiksaz

      Either that or at least an option presented to you when you first log into the phone (ala location tracking with GPS).

      The carriers did just fine back in the day before smart phones, so I don’t see how they would be so reliant on it now. Hell, the largest US provider, Verizon, doesn’t even use it, and they seem to be doing just fine.

  • WarDrake

    I rather thrust Supercurio over lookout ^_^
    but it’s good to see there are options for everyone now.

    • desean

      Same here. The Voodoo Carrier IQ detector is half the size of this and Lookout is really late in releasing this.

      • Six8Six

        why does it matter how big the file is? You only need to use it once on your phone. Get your answer, and delete the app!

        My SE Neo V contains no Carrier IQ…

  • seven2k

    im good…not going to build a bunker yet.

  • HoLfElDeR

    nice one

  • psipher

    my Droid X is clean…I can now go back to sexting

  • Deeds

    I have Cyanogenmod 7, so I will never even have to think of using this app, because I already know whati it would say.

  • philippegee

    So glad this wasn’t included on Verizon phones. First time Big Red does something good it seems!

  • JohnCuts

    Well that was the fastest I ever installed and uninstalled an app. I dont have it. ( mid you I get that a lot)

  • spoon201

    I’m embarrassed to admit this but all this talk of Carrier IQ made me doubt my Nexus S. I checked with Supercurio and it was clean! Scare tactics work unfortunately.

  • ph4nthom

    If you are uncomfortable with Lookout, I know some people are, there are other alternatives. Such as Voodoo, Bitdefender and NETQIN to name a few

    Link to see them in the market:

  • golfpedaler

    Checked and didn’t have IQ Carrier…Whew!!!

  • Lewis McGeary

    On the subject of Carrier IQ, was Apple’s “locationgate” problem in any way related? It seems a bit coincidental that the issue of location data being stored in plain text files was highlighted when they were on iOS 4 and now that the Carrier IQ fiasco is here they’ve stated they no longer have Carrier IQ as of iOS 5, the next major release after locationgate.
    Were these logs to do with Carrier IQ and Apple made the decision then to get rid of it entirely, hence no Carrier IQ in iOS 5?

  • OutofPlace

    I’m really kinda surprised I don’t have CarrierIQ on my phone (G2X). I just assumed that I would. Why would the carriers (I have t-mo) not just put it on all the phones they sell. In for a penny and all that…

  • George

    Nexus One = clean.

  • ArticulateFool

    Carrier IQ = another reason to <3 nexus.

  • zyphbear

    As great as it may be that more companies are helping find and track down things like Carrier IQ, Lookout is almost starting to feel like an Anti-Virus company with the way they are jumping on some of these “Headline” issues. Biggest part is that they only provide a way to detect, and not remove it, which brings you to the point of…. once you know, what do you do? Either live with it, or root your phone. Same place many were at already.

  • Anthropic

    For anyone interested, Carrier IQ is NOT on Optus mobile phones in Australia as confirmed to me via their Twitter account :)

  • mdcrumpler

    HTC Sensation is clear, just like I thought!

  • Sean the Electrofreak

    No CIQ here, XDA has made sure of that for me.

  • donger

    Cool way to check.

  • sylar

    I used it and it said that my phone does not have it and I hope that is true but I’m not honestly sure that I trust it.

  • ToonPanda

    It needs root, my phone informs me. Not for the majority of users then? :)

  • slbailey1

    My orginial Galaxy Tab 7″ from Verizon has Carrier IQ.

  • marcustg

    Nice app. Carrier IQ are all over the world or just in US?

  • Luke Haviland

    my phones custom rom does not have carrier IQ

    kinda knew that
    but this is a good App

    they need an opt in and opt out for this carrier IQ
    I dont like things like things secretly being put on a gps device i carry with me pretty much everywhere

    if this is allowed what else will they try and bloat our phones with?

  • goncalossilva

    I hate all kinds of privacy invasion, including Carrier IQ. I hope Google does/is doing something about this.

  • myandroid99

    carrier iq is pointless

  • Raptor

    Despite T-Mo said it support Carrier IQ (if i am not mistaken reading the Engadget several days ago) Samsung Galaxy S (Vibrant) shows no Carrier IQ installed. Used both detectors — Lookout and Vodoo

  • RRR

    Why iPeople are silent ?

  • aranea

    Has any one tried this on Atrix? I’ll test after work but just wondering.

  • humidity

    Pretty useful little app.

  • sdtrinity3

    Simple app. Installed, ran, no CIQ, uninstalled. Thanks for the Lookout! :)

  • phaet2112

    hooray for g2x not having carrier iq

  • squiddy20

    Lookout’s software isn’t the greatest out there. I have a Samsung Moment which originally had CIQ. I recently flashed a ROM that was said to not have it. Lookout’s app flat out said I did have it, while supercurio’s Voodoo Carrier IQ Detector said I have some fragments of CIQ’s software still on my phone (even going into as much detail as to cite where and in what logs) but said it was inactive, as it should be. I wouldn’t trust Lookout as far as I could throw ‘em.

  • Ilyse Rose

    Installing now.

  • antfelici

    I love lookout

  • megatec45

    Bitdefender also has an app like this available for free in the Market

  • Glenn Falvey

    thats nice

  • Sean BillyMaysHere

    meh… ok

  • Darknight42020

    Big things shaking out of the tree when corporations start getting involved where only John Q Public was the only out spoken voice. I’m not under the belief that the original design of CIQ wasn’t benign, but when no metion of so said software was released to the public and the use of the software was left to corporations whose main focus is to make as much money in anyway possible as quickly as can be done without any over sight or regulations, well, it just leads to reckless abandonment and “oops…that wasn’t our intent but gee whiz we’re sorry”.

    Information is just too readily available without having to be subjectgated to under handed dealings with the company that you trust enough to give your money to but without your knowledge is trying to find more ways to bleed you. A true betrayal of trust…

  • mikesuds

    I have not yet been very impressed with Lookout.

  • pmex83

    Carrier iq sucks