Lookout security coming to AT&T Android phones

Mobile security firm Lookout has announced that it's partnering with AT&T to bring its Android security suite to all compatible AT&T phones in the future. The app, which is already preinstalled on AT&T's Galaxy Note 3, is one of the leading antivirus and theft-protection apps on Android, with features designed to repel both digital and physical security threats.

Lookout has made the news with a number of high-profile partnerships over the past few months. It recently inked a deal with Samsung to include its software included as part of the KNOX enterprise security suite. And back in July the company partnered with T-Mobile to bring free Lookout security subscriptions to its Asurion PHP and Jump! customers.

With both Samsung and AT&T now onboard, Lookout looks set to significantly grow its user base in the months ahead.

Source: AT&T

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  • I used to like lookout quite a bit. Now that they are in the bloatware that can't be removed by a customer's phone business I may have to move onto Avast or something else.
  • I've been using Lookout for a long time. All things considered, even if it comes prepackaged, I wouldn't consider it bloatware. The free parts of it work effortlessly, and it does not nag to upgrade to the paid version.
  • BS anything installed like this is bloatware period Posted via Android Central App
  • Android is installed on any android phone you buy. I guess android is bloatware too. Posted via Android Central App
  • If I may quote you "That may be the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard in my life". Posted via Android Central App
  • No, android fits into his definition of bloatware, so according to him, that's what it is. Posted via Android Central App
  • That may be the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard in my life Posted via Android Central App
  • I agree it's a nice app. But the problem with bloatware isn't always that it is a bad application, it can simply be that people would prefer the free space rather than an application they have no intention of using. Given the fact that AT&T and verizon phones already come with 10 through 20 extra pieces of bloat than their OEM, developer, or european counterparts, I have every right to be mad about even more of it coming to my parents future phones.
  • Because preinstalling an app that takes up a whole 8MB(actually it isn't even a whole 8MB) which you admit to it being a useful app, is the most evil thing a company could possibly do Posted via Android Central App
  • totally agree. I saw this article as a result of my Google search. this was a very unpleasant surprise. lookout is negatively affecting a few applications I like to have running and there is nothing I can do but root my phone now. lookout for whatever reason claims that Google maps, waze and a few other of my phone applications are trying to illegally communicate and shuts then down. I used lookout in the past and had nothing bad to say about it other than I just didn't prefer it. I hope the anti trust laws that nailed Microsoft now affect whomever is responsible for this load of crap I'm now being force fed
  • Nice something else to slow down my phone
  • The only thing I've ever noticed it "slow down" is loading or updating applications, when it does its scan to make sure they are safe. That is at the very end of the process, and not that impacting in my book. It does what it's supposed to do and otherwise stays out of the way. Have you noticed something else I haven't?
  • This stuff is starting to go the way of PC's, loading up security software whether you want it or not. It's a major reason I wipe the hard drive on any new PC and load just the OS, then take it from there. IMO, a lot of this "security" software only provides a false sense of security. The best type of security is that lump of grey matter between your ears. :)
  • That's true, but it doesn't hurt to have backup from security software. While most problems are caused by user ignorance, malicious software is so prevalent these days that no one is safe. It really annoys me when I hear "I don't visit porn sites, so I'm safe" or "I don't use windows, so I'm safe". If it can execute code, it's vulnerable, end of. Posted via Android Central App
  • If you're going to use something (besides your noggin), I've found a blocking hosts file (ex. MVPS) works the best (applied via the AdAway app). The hosts file is a blacklist (usually updated once a month) that blocks known malicious bad stuff from across the Internet at the OS level regardless of what app you use. Unfortunately, it requires root access on Android in order to modify the hosts file. But I swear by it, been using it on my PC's for over a decade and all my Android devices for the last couple of years and have never had any type of malware infection.
  • This is a good method, I use it also. But not everyone is willing/able to root. One advantage that having software like lookout pre-installed (which I don't necessarily condone) is that it will have system level privileges without having to root. Posted via Android Central App
  • Does it come with NSA software Posted via Android Central App
  • Big wave of 1 star ratings coming Lookouts way as soon as this bloat ware starts showing up.
  • Good for ATT and Samsung, they'll be getting an aditional stream of revenue from Lookout! Maybe a pdf reader from nuance next! Awesome.
  • Why do I need this?
  • If you have ever lost or misplaced your phone, you can locate it it using GPS and potentially remote lock/wipe your device. I used this on my HTC EVO , and it worked well.
  • Those are built in features of google play services. It's a complete waste of money since you get it for free from google/android.
  • At the time, these were not part of Google Play Services. Plus it was free. So no waste of money or other resources. Now that it is part of Google Paly Services, the question is: Is it "better" in terms of features and resources used on the device.
  • I can totally see this coming on 4.4 update for at&t devices. Posted via Android Central App
  • Nah... I will just stick with cerberus Posted via Android Central App
  • If you can delete it. Excellent option. Of you can't, it's crapware.
  • Does this mean the paid version will be free? I use lookout and it's location service works great. In case I get kidnapped or lose my phone lol Posted via Android Central App
  • the same ppl who make this shit make the viruses in the first place. This is horrible marketing to scare pppl into buying their product. shame on them!
  • Lol @ conspiracy theories
  • LOL this has to be the worst news ever for AT&T users. Yikes.
  • Been using Lookout since I first bought a smartphone; I'm surprised at the number of people that don't use any type of security.
  • Why would you even need to use it. As long as you download apps from a known good source and not pirated Chinese or Russian apps you are safe. Posted via Android Central App
  • I have T-Mobile PHP- Jump! on both my and my wife's GS4's...I just realized that my lookout premium has reverted back to Lookout (Free). T-Mobile has no clue what I'm talking about and Lookout said they'll push an update out to the affected users. Also, it wont allow me to sign up for monthly premium at the special rate of $4.00 a month (even though the regular price is $2.99) Something is pretty screwed up.
  • More bloatware! Whoa hooooo! Posted via Android Central App
  • Hopefully it can be uninstalled or at least disabled
  • I swear I can't get anything but an iphone on att. That is the only device they do not F with. And let's not even get started on Verizon. Just wish sprint will hurry up and get their coverage up to speed.
  • I'm already using TrustGo on my AT&T HTC One. I sincerely hope the Kit-Kat OS update does not push Lookout along with the OS and Sense 5.5. I do believe in securing my devices. I also reserve the right to choose my own source of protection. If Lookout is pushed I hope it can be disabled.
  • This is one of the many reasons i wont use at@T. Carriers are going to ruin android installing all kinds of non removable bloat-ware on your phone that in many cases causes lag confusion and takes up space. Those who say "antivirus" "security" companies dont release stuff into the wild have no clue what they are talking about. Usually they release a "proof of concept" on the platform they wish to target. Then the bad guys use the code as a jumping off point then said security company starts pushing their wares... Also many of the things these apps do are already built in to android!!
  • I think bloatware is a pretty cool guy, eh slows down my phone, and doesn't afraid of anything!
  • Yuck. I'm happy with my Nexus 5. Nice clean slate. No bloatware or TouchJiz or locked bootloader.
  • I've been using Lookout since I first joined the Android world. I can understand some people not wanting it pre-installed. But it is a very good app. Posted via Android Central App
  • Bloatware sucks. Posted via Android Central App