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Editors' Review

by   / January 05, 2017

Lookout Security & Antivirus takes a broad-spectrum approach to mobile security, monitoring everything from malware attacks to identity theft.

Pros

Scanning for threats: Lookout automatically checks new downloads and app updates for problems. Its scans are not the snappiest, but once they've been completed, the app presents a scrolling list of its findings. You can also initiate a scan from the app's security screen.

Security monitoring: Lookout offers several tiers of protection. The free version of the app actively scans for malware and offers basic tools for locating a lost device.

A Premium subscription runs $2.99 per month and checks which personal information your installed apps can access, such as contacts or your device's motion and environmental sensors. You also get expanded tools for locating a lost phone, alerts when a company you have an app associated with is hacked, monitoring for suspicious email and websites, and a VPN for secure network connections.

Lookout's $9.99 Premium Plus monthly subscription offers features not normally associated with Android antivirus software. Its monitoring service can detect whether your personal or financial information is on the Web, help identify where the leak came from, and offer guidance on how to recover from the leak. The plan offers insurance for covering the cost of recovering your identity. The service also monitors social media for potentially damaging personal information.

Helpful navigation: The app's interface is easy to navigate, with most security tools a swipe or two away.

Cons

Lacks third-party test scores: Lookout does not participate in third-party testing by AV-Test or AV-Comparitives, independent security and antivirus research firms that test the effectiveness of antivirus software. While many antivirus companies score well on the tests, it's difficult to judge Lookout's effectiveness without the scores.

Bottom Line

Lookout's approach to mobile security extends beyond what most other antivirus apps provide. In addition to antivirus and device protection, Lookout monitors for data breaches and identity theft at a price that competes with that of monitoring services like Lifelock or Complete ID. If you are looking for full-service malware and fraud monitoring, Lookout's security app for Android is hard to beat.

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Full Specifications

General

Publisher Lookout
Publisher web site http://www.lookout.com
Release Date January 13, 2017
Date Added January 13, 2017
Version 2017

Category

Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size Not Available
File Name External File

Popularity

Total Downloads 85,717
Downloads Last Week 20

Pricing

License Model Free
Limitations Lookout's security features are FREE, but for complete protection, upgrade to Lookout Premium for $2.99/month. All downloads include a FREE two-week trial of Lookout Premium with no credit card required. At the end of the trial you can keep the free version of the app to use for as long as you like.
Price Free
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