Jun 15 AT 11:49 AM Edgar Cervantes 7 Comments

Lookout brings update with “Safe Browsing” for premium users

Lookout is probably the first app we download when purchasing a new device. Especially since one of the main concerns with Android devices is security. These powerful smartphones hold information that can ruin your life if it falls into the wrong hands. Not to mention your performance and battery life can be affected if the hackers get their vicious malware into your device. Lookout has definitely earned its name and kept us well-protected from these dangers, but today they’ve taken it a step further. Lookout has just introduced “Safe Browsing,” which protects you from visiting malicious websites in your browser.

Safe Browsing works pretty much the same way Lookout does when scanning your applications. It simply sits in the background, hanging out until you install an app. After installing an app, Lookout scans it to make sure you’re still safe and sound. Likewise, Lookout will now wait for your attempt to visit a website and quickly scan it before allowing access. If the website has malicious content (and/or phishing), Lookout will notify you of the risks and will let you to back out or continue at your own risk.

It’s simple, right? Maybe not so much from the non-consumer side, because this feature is only available for premium users. If you’d like to get the advantages Lookout’s Premium services offer, it’ll cost you $2.99 per month or $29.99 per year. This includes Safe Browsing, as well as all the known Premium features like the Privacy Advisor, Remote Lock, Remote Wipe, backing up photos and call logs and the ability to restore your backed-up data to a new device.

On a side note, Lookout also announced their new partnership with Sprint. Lookout is now available for download from the Sprint Zone and the Sprint section in the Android market, making it easily and quickly accessible. If you’re not on Sprint, you just have to sacrifice those extra seconds to search for the Lookout app on the Android market.


Our friends at Android Central have put together a video that demonstrates how Safe Browsing works, and they even have a code that gives you a $5 discount on the 1-year Premium subscription. You can find it at their site. This code is only available for the next 7 days, so use it now while you can!

Via: Android Central

Source: Lookout

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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  • http://Website Not Impressed

    Anti-virus on an Android phone is nothing but a resource hog, kills your battery faster and can slow the system down in the long run. Not to mention that Android runs off Linux. You can hardly hear of a Linux system getting viruses.

    • http://Website Lulu

      Gotta agree.

      In fact, all these so-called sudden outburst of viruses on Android just seem like a huge conspiracy.

      Just be careful with what you are installing and you will be safer than having 10 anti-virus apps.

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  • http://Website Jeff

    Android does not need anti-virus apps, they simply just slow the device down.

    The only kind of security apps that I use are the anti-theft ones that allow you to recover your phone if it’s ever stolen, which I use “SeekDroid” for, and at 99 cents, it’s an extremely good app.

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    And you guys are experts how? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Just because you have an Android phone doesn’t mean you know what you are talking about.

    • http://Website Jeff

      Based on how one sided this blog is towards Lookout, I seriously think that Lookout is secretly paying this blog to write good articles about them.

      Although they will deny it, I think it’s extremely likely that this is the case when you consider how they treat all of the other security apps, and how they totally ignore the fact that Android doesn’t need anti-virus apps.

  • http://yngvethoresen.com Yngve

    Tried Lookout some time ago, but uninstalled it becuase it needed more permissions that any other app I’ve seen, and drained my battery. If they could seperate some features into more apps, it would be great. Like one for finding a lost phone, and one for backup. I don’t need antivirus on my Android phone, I have my common sense for that.