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Security Firm Unveils 'Theftie' Alerts To Address Smartphone Thefts
2014-05-29 10:57:09

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Mobile phones get stolen all too often, and according to a Consumer Reports survey last year some 3.1 million Americans had their mobile devices taken. That number is double from just 2012. Most users don't have a way to protect their phone but mobile security firm Lookout on Wednesday introduced a new feature that provides users with contextual alerts any time there is suspicious activity on their device. In addition to a warning...

More Than Two Thirds Of Stolen Smartphones Are Never Recovered
2014-05-08 13:03:47

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In America one in 10 smartphone owners are the victims of phone theft. Of those, 68 percent were unable to recover their device. That's the findings of a report released by Lookout, a UK-based mobile security firm. The survey was conducted by IDG Research, and examines smartphone theft in the US. In 2013 roughly 3.1 million American consumers became victims of smartphone theft, according to the report. This figure is nearly double the...

Lookout Mobile Security Firm Tracks Down Questionable Advertising Apps
2013-06-26 13:57:57

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Mobile Security firm Lookout is apparently living up to its name and is on the lookout for apps that feature questionable advertising tactics. On Wednesday the firm began naming and even shaming the ad networks involved. While the company noted that the majority of mobile ads are “A-OK,” it also warned that adware can get in the way of user privacy and can further capture personal information without proper notification. Even...

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2012-07-09 14:40:53

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Consumers who worry that their carriers collect data from every action on the phone have a new cause for concern. Mobile security firm Lookout published its first Mobile App Advertising Guidelines in an attempt to provide a framework of best practices in a still unregulated industry when it comes to ad insertion, and collecting data on those ads. The company drafted mobile app ad guidelines in an effort to encourage a healthy mobile...

Microsoft Gives Away Free Phones To Angry Android Users
2011-12-14 08:23:25

Google recently removed 22 applications from its Android Market on the suspicion that they were malware. The questionable applications were found by Lookout, a security firm, and targeted users in Europe by exploiting premium SMS fraud services that cost users money. Lookout wrote in a blog post, “The initial batch appeared as horoscope apps with a fairly hidden ToS [terms of service] indicating charges. The initial application activity presents the user with a single option to...

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2010-12-30 13:35:00

Security firm Lookout is reporting that a new malicious trojan virus known as "Geinimi" has just been discovered on popular Android gaming apps. The risk could be limited to Westerners since versions of the malware-infected gaming app have only turned up on a Chinese mobile apps website.  "Geinimi is effectively being 'grafted' onto repackaged versions of legitimate applications, primarily games, and distributed in third-party Chinese Android app markets," Lookout said in a blog post...

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2010-08-04 07:35:00

A recently discovered vulnerability in software that runs Apple's iPad and iPhone could allow hackers to take complete control of the mobile devices, according to three security firms on Tuesday. The problem affects Apple's iOS, which also runs the iPod Touch. Symantec Corp, Lookout, and Vupen all said the vulnerability could allow hackers to enslave the devices. Apple is aware of the issue and is investigating the claim,Natalie Harrison, a spokeswoman for the company, told Reuters. The...

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2010-06-06 06:45:00

According to a security firm specializing in mobile devices, hackers have started planting viruses in video games for smartphones that run Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system. According to John Hering, CEO of San Francisco-based security firm Lookout, the games are available on sites that provide legitimate software for mobile devices. The games - 3D Anti-Terrorist and PDA Poker Art - are bundled with malicious software that automatically dials premium-rate telephone services in...


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sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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